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By Lacey Gardner

John Paul Coleman Sr. 76, Belmont


John Paul Coleman Sr., 76, of NY-19S, passed away unexpected on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at his home. He was born in Bloomsburg, PA on May 9, 1946 the son of the late Paul Larue and Lillian Emma (Evans) Coleman. On June 2, 2001 in Scio, he married his loving wife Patricia Peterson, who survives.

John was raised in Bloomsburg and attended Center School. Throughout his life he lived in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York. He farmed Christmas Trees, but his career was in Garbage Collection, where he was also self-employed, working in both Allegany County and Bloomsburg. Outside of his employment, he enjoyed raising fancy pigeons.

In addition to his wife, Patti, he is survived by: 12 children, John P. (Joan) Coleman Jr., Brenda Moore, Janet (Kerry) Klemick, James (Valerie) Coleman, Doreen Halczak, Charles (Amy) Coleman, Rebecca Coleman, Pearl (Brian Vandenbosch) Dowell, Penny (Brett) Norris, Paul (Katie) Dowell Jr., Phillip (Tara) Dowell, and Patrick (Jenny) Dowell; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Following John’s wishes, there will be a private graveside service. Burial will be in Knight’s Creek Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave online condolences please visit 

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