Timothy Martin Coleman
  • 69 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 3, 1945
  • Place of birth:
    Berkeley, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 5, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Phoenix, Arizona, United States


Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free! I follow the plan God laid for me. I saw His face, I heard His call, I took His hand and left it all…

I could not stay another day, To love, to laugh, to work or play; Tasks left undo

Thanks to all who came to Tim's Burial this Friday at St. Mary's Cemetery. Having so many family, colleagues, and lifelong friends there, was a testament to the great man that our Dad Tim was. Thanks to the Coleman family who showed their spirit, and love for Tim by helping organize and plan the reception at St. Theresa's parish. Special thanks to Tim's brother Larry, and wife Joan, cousin Kathy Profumo, husband Dante, daughter Colleen, and cousin Sally and husband Bob Olsen.

Please upload your photos from the burial and reception .






My fathers obituary will run in the

Contra Costa Times, West County Times, East County Times, San Ramon Valley Times, Tri-Valley Times, and 
San Jose Mercury News
on Friday,July 1st. 

********** BURIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ***********
The burial for my dad has been scheduled for Friday, August 5th, 2016 at 10am at St. Mary's Cemetery in Oakland, CA.  A lunch reception will follow at nearby St. Theresa's Parish.

St. Mary's Cemetery
4529 Howe St.
Oakland, CA 94611

St. Theresa's Parish
30 Mandalay Rd.
Oakland, CA 94618


****** See updates below for arrangements ********
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved Father and husband, Timothy Coleman, 69, born on August 3, 1945 and passed away on March 5, 2015. We will remember him forever.

Tim will always be remembered for his warm, engaging personality, and hilarious story telling.  He always cherished his family, and sacrificed so much for them. He had a great moral clarity in life.  

Please share your stories and pictures of Tim on the "Stories" tab of the site.  

Funeral Mass at St. Rose Duchesne Parish, in Phoenix, AZ, on Saturday, March 28th at 1pm. 

Tim wished to be buried near 3 generations of his family at St. Mary's Cemetery in Oakland, CA.  A Burial memorial service will be held there at a later date.

Please check back at this site for details and contact Matt at with any questions. 

Following the funeral (2:30pm to 6pm) we will be having a celebration of life at Ironwood Country Club in Anthem which will include an early dinner. 

Ironwood Country Club:
41551 Anthem Hills Dr. 
Phoenix, AZ 85086

At the funeral, we will have a Bereavement letter available from the Funeral Home if needed for bereavement rates. 

These are hotels near Anthem, AZ 


Hampton Inn Anthem 42415 41st Drive. Phoenix, AZ 85086  
Courtyard by Marriott Happy Valley 2029 West Whispering Wind Drive
Homewood Suites by Marriott 2970 West Charlotte Drive Phoenix, 85085 1800 230 4134  
Residence Inn by Marriott 2035 West Whispering Wind Drive Phoenix, 85085 1800 230 4134  
Hampton Inn and Suites Happy Valley 2550 West Charlotte Drive Phoenix  1800 997 5149


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dick Moore on 7th August 2017

"Just had our 50th St. Mary's College reunion.  Tim was reminisced, toasted, and is forever loved by his classmates."

This tribute was added by Matthew Coleman on 3rd August 2017

"Happy Birthday Dadbob."

This tribute was added by Matthew Coleman on 25th December 2016

"We miss you more than ever today Dadbob.  Hope you are having a great time today up there!

This tribute was added by Jim Morphy on 3rd August 2016

"Happy Birthday to one of the smartest guys to ever attend St. Mary's ....... that goes for both the high school AND the college."

This tribute was added by Alison Francis-Smith on 3rd August 2016

"Thinking of you on your Birthday. x"

This tribute was added by Alison Francis-Smith on 5th March 2016

"Thinking of you today. Can't believe you have been gone 1 year. You were not just a colleague you were also my mentor and friend. Miss you and thinking of your family who I never had the privilege to meet but I felt I knew them from all our conversations."

This tribute was added by Matthew Coleman on 4th August 2015

"***********Burial Update***********

We have postponed the burial until next spring.  We have had a rough summer health wise and wanted to make sure we all had plenty of time to make arrangements.  I will be sending out an email blast with an update when we decide on a date.  Thank you so much for your kind words and patience regarding the burial.  We truly miss our dad more and more everyday and know he is telling a good story on his Birthday up there.


This tribute was added by Jim Morphy on 3rd August 2015

"Miss you, Tim.  Happy Birthday.  Love you, Man!


This tribute was added by Martha O'Brien on 29th March 2015

"The photo display brought back memories.  Mine were of the older pictures taken during the 50's.  Remember the Coleman family and Tim when we were all younger.  Sorry to hear of his passing.  Martha Lydon O'Brien.  HNHS '63.  (St. Leo's '59)"

This tribute was added by Ethan Altaratz on 28th March 2015

"As a teammate of Tim Jr through college I was lucky enough to know Tim Sr for the last 15 years and see him quite frequently, as he was always traveling to see and support his children in their endeavors. His laughter and the ease he put others were genuine and constant. The family he created with Mrs. Coleman is a testament to true love and friendship and commitment. As man and a father I can appreciate immensely how rare a thing it is. My condolences to all the Colemans."

This tribute was added by Graham DeRousse on 23rd March 2015

"Tim Coleman will always be a man with a big heart. In the time I was able to spend with him, he made me feel as though I was part of of his family. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing and wish the Coleman family all my love and support."

This tribute was added by John Porcelli on 23rd March 2015

"We had many a (late night meeting& medicine) at Indian guides campouts. The last time I talked to Tim was at Patrick's school,last year, Pat got him on the phone, and we briefly chatted, the last thing he said to me was Pals Forever."

This tribute was added by Linda Braun on 22nd March 2015

"Tim was a wonderful family man who will be missed by all who knew him.   He left a great legacy."

This tribute was added by marlene conti on 17th March 2015

"Tim was a valued part of my childhood.  A wonderful friend for the younger sister with many good memories. With prayers."

This tribute was added by Sayi Puligandla on 16th March 2015

"Tim was an amazingly wise and well-respected man; I am privileged to have been able to work with him and absorb some of his encyclopaedic knowledge.  More than that, though, I miss his genuine kindness, sincerity, sense of humor, and stories.  He had so many life experiences and accomplished so much, but when he spoke of his family you could tell by the twinkle in his eye and ear-to-ear grin what was most important to him.  I send my prayers to his family, and everyone else whose life he enriched.  I'll miss you, Tim."

This tribute was added by Connie Griffin on 12th March 2015

"Very saddened to hear of Tim's death.  We have many great memories from your years in Arlington Heights and Our Lady of the Wayside where
all of our children went to school, and at Notre Dame when Pete and Amy graduated.  We also loved seeing all of you when our family traveled to Washington.  Tim was a wondrous story teller and had a great sense of humor.  His passion for life was evident in everything
he did.  Although we lost contact in recent years, the Coleman,s will always remain special friends.  Our thoughts and prayers are with
all of you.  John & Connie Griffin"

This tribute was added by Dick Moore on 11th March 2015

"Tim's smile was memorable; it was genuine and consistent (check the pics on this site), and it made one feel Tim was really glad to see you.  You may not have visited with Tim for years, and yet when you did, it was like the last time was yesterday.  Tim's sense of humor was classic, and we would always enjoy his presence, be it the Bay or Las Vegas.  All of our lives have been enriched by this good man.  May the Lord hold you in the hollow of His hand.  Dick Moore, SMC '67"

This tribute was added by Tom Bruce on 11th March 2015

"Tim was a special member of our Proud Class of 1967 at SMC. He had the ability to have a crowd of guys gather around him, laughing hilariously as he would provide his rendition of a memory of our antics together...always seeming to get even better the more he told the stories. I recall Tim "holding court' at our 50th SMC Reunion Friday Night Party on Ken Dothee's deck, again with many of our buddies sitting around loving his story telling. He just had his way of helping everyone enjoy themselves, holding our ribs while we laughed so hard it hurt! I recall the last time we shared time together at an impromptu '67 Reunion in the front parking lot prior to the SMC vs Pepperdine Game 2 years ago. He was in town consulting to some Hoteliers in san Jose. We sat in some court side seats and enjoyed Tim's ongoing evaluation of the game. We all had dinner together in Rheem and once again, we all laughed and laughed. Lastly, some of us Olde gaels spent several years with Tim and his son Matt, together at the Mardi Gras Bar in the Orleans Hotel following SMC games in the WCC Tourney. We all forgave Matt for going to Santa Clara. God Bless Tim in his journey with the Lord. You leave us so many memories of a good man who loved his family and friends. Tom Bruce, proud Class Mate of Tim Coleman, SMC Class of 1967"

This tribute was added by Petra Gojun on 11th March 2015

"I will always be grateful our paths crossed in this lifetime. Your joy for life and your work left a lasting impression on many, and I am no exception. Thank you for believing in me at a crucial time in my life. Sending love and prayers to Coleman family and everyone that was touched by your spirit."

This tribute was added by Mike Krieger on 10th March 2015

"I knew Tim all the way through grammar school, high school, and college.  It seemed like forever at the time, but seems like a minute now.  Tim was liked by everyone he knew.  He even put up with me!  I remember when we played football he nearly always had the ball hiked on"two", whatever that means.

I was able to visit with him a little at our 50th year high school reunion, and will treasure those moments.  God bless all who were part of his life."

This tribute was added by Diego Arambula on 10th March 2015

"My fondest memories of Tim Coleman are the times I spent with him and his boys.  I met "little" Tim Coleman in college and thought he was the funniest guy with the best stories anyone could imagine.  Then I met "big" Tim and realized that Tim's life and energy and passion for people all stemmed from the amazing energy of his dad.  Mr. Coleman, you were always so kind to me, so welcoming and so darn funny.  You've created a legacy behind you of four amazing boys who continue with your energy and humor.  Thinking of you and the whole family."

This tribute was added by Patricia Beyer on 9th March 2015

"Mr. Tim Coleman was a gentleman, husband and father, with a big heart, personality plus, and superior business sense. He was a man who could make you smile by just looking at you. Once he started talking, the smile turned to laughter which was so, so hard to turn off. I remember on occasions, his wife, Ellen, standing close by with a big smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes. That is what Tim gave to those in his life and those who were so fortunate to be passing through. Thank you Tim, your gift was great!"

This tribute was added by John Guillory on 9th March 2015

"Whenever I think of Tim, I think of Tim the quarterback and a specific play. In our senior year, he became the starting QB. The game was against Bellermine. The play was a particular pass play where he threw  a bullet pass to me. What I still remember to this day is our eye contact. He looked right into my eyes, pointed and threw the ball all in one motion. The pass was completed. Good man and great team mate"

This tribute was added by Jim Morphy on 9th March 2015

"The world was a better place with Tim Coleman in it.  Now I guess heaven's a better place. Jim Morphy, SMCHS '63, SMC '67"

This tribute was added by Jerry FitzPatrick on 9th March 2015

"Hey, Tim ..... its been a while since our last get-together. Four years at St. Marys High and four at the College; great times and good memories! Will remember you at Mass this Sunday, buddy. God Bless!"

This tribute was added by Joe Johnson on 9th March 2015

"I will always remember my brother Gael from 1967. In 1966 Tim enabled me to get my first job in transportation with Sierra Pacific Airlines in Oakland.  Joe Johnson '67"

This tribute was added by Don Smith on 9th March 2015

"I will miss Tim' warm heart, industry knowledge and the the great life experience stories he would tell."

This tribute was added by Lio Chen on 9th March 2015

"I am blessed to have worked with Tim in later part of his career. He was a mentor to me in all aspects of life. He was a honorable man of wisdom, great sense of humor and richest life experience. And he was generous to share all of above and more with others. He will always be remembered as a very special friend."

This tribute was added by rick Kaplan on 9th March 2015

"I only knew Tim for a short time while we worked at TSI in Florida.  I came to know him as one of the kindest, most caring people I had ever met.  I will forever miss him, but his light and spirit will forever shine in my heart.
rick kaplan"

This tribute was added by Jay Cradeur on 8th March 2015

"In the early 1980s I moved to Chicago.  As this was my first time away from home, it was wonderful to have the Coleman family close by in Arlington Heights.  I spent a few holidays there, and watched the 4 boys from time to time.  This is where my memories of Uncle Tim were forged.  

Uncle Tim was a mountain of a man.  I remember marveling at how smart he was, and how capable he was.  I did not know exactly what he did at United Airlines, but I knew he was damned good at it.  He drank a lot of coffee.  He was the king of his castle.  He could tell a captivating story.  He could hold court like few others.  I felt he did everything for his family, for Aunt Ellen and for his boys.  It seemed to me, as an observer, that whatever Pat, Pete, Matt and Tim needed in life, Uncle Tim was going to move heaven and earth to make it happen.  At least that is how it felt to me.  I am sure that is how it felt to them.  Actions always tell the truth.

69 seems so young.  There will be so many grandkids missed, so many family gathering unattended, only a memory looming ever so large.  I had not talked to Uncle Tim in many years.  I had heard he and Aunt Ellen were in Florida, or Las Vegas, or wherever he could continue to work and provide.  I regret that I never reached out to say Hello, just to hear what this remarkable man would say to another man this many years down the road.  And, now I never can.  If Uncle Tim could hear me, I would say “Thank you for being a powerful example of what a strong and true man can be.  Your impact was felt.  You influenced my life.”  That is what I remember of my Uncle Tim."

This tribute was added by Paul Beyer on 7th March 2015

"Where do I start...The Coleman's have always been like a second family to me. Whether it was the spaghetti dinners Mrs. Ellen Coleman magically prepared (stil the best I've ever had to this day), or just hanging with the 4-Coleman Brothers, throughout it all, Mr. Tim Coleman was the man behind the magic

So many stories to tell, but I'll simply say for now, you're all on my mind, and always will be. The best man, husband, and father anyone could ask for in life. Goodbye Mr. C....I'll miss you dearly!"

This tribute was added by Bob Donohue on 7th March 2015

"Tim was one of my best friends growing up in Berkeley.  We started at The Madeleine together in the first grade and then went on to St. Mary's High School together...a long time of Catholic education!  It's always easy to say that we loved someone, but in Tim's case, his many friends truly did love him, because he was always available and very easy to talk to.  He was everybody's friend, I honestly can't think of anyone who ever had a negative thing to say about him.

Tim, along with a few others from our Madeleine class, became the historians of our class of '59.  Our recent reunions attested to that, with his stories and recollections of the many things that went on during our eight years together in grammar school.  He could recall so many of the things that we did as a class, from the teachers that we had to what went on with individuals.  Tim was an amazing guy and I'll always cherish our times together.  I'm going to miss him terribly!"

This tribute was added by Susan Tolon on 7th March 2015

"I met Tim & Ellen and their wonderful boys over 30 years ago - and from the beginning, loved Tim's nature and kindness.  I was always so struck by his intelligence and unassuming ways.  His humor always delighted me.....He knew people - and was such an inspiration as a father, husband & friend.  I, along with many others, will miss him.  And so thankful that he was part of my life if only for a while. Rest in peace, Tim Coleman, with our Lord, Jesus Christ."

This tribute was added by David Cradeur on 7th March 2015

"Memories of Uncle Tim
My Uncle Tim passed away at a young age…a huge loss to our family. So, I wanted to reflect on his life and all the gifts of memory he gave me.

I first remember Uncle Tim as Tim, Aunt Ellen’s boyfriend/fiancé.  He was hanging around my grandparents’ house on Ranleigh Way.  In those days,  I’d  go to Oakland  Raider games with my Dad and sometimes I’d see Uncle Tim sitting with my Grandfather and Great Uncle Ted  having a great time, laughing and rooting on the Raiders.  

Then there was the wedding day at St Leo’s and the reception at Piedmont Park. It was a beautiful day and I can remember the two newlyweds walking along the paths of this beautiful park taking pictures. It was my first wedding and the grandeur of the day has stayed with me ever since.

Grandpa Tolon would talk about Uncle Tim in a proud way.  I remember Grandpa telling me how impressed he was that Uncle Tim not only received his Masters but he traveled back and forth from California to Denver to do so.  Impressive!

I would see the Colemans on trips to Oakland during my youth.  Uncle Tim always got along well with my Mom and Dad which I appreciated seeing.  

He was so proud of all his boys academically and athletically.  He sure watched a lot of games and from my perspective loved every minute of it.

Now, I see Uncle Tim’s temperament and intellect in his boys.  Cerebral, sensitive and passionate.  His legacy will live on through them and his grandchildren.

These were the gifts of memory that Uncle Tim gave to me.  Happy memories.  Thanks Uncle Tim.

Your Loving Nephew - David Cradeur"

This tribute was added by Sue Ewald on 7th March 2015

"I only knew Tim as a young man, but some 40 years later, I can still hear his laugh and see his smile, both so delightful.  His entire family is in my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Daniel Malaguilla-Morales on 7th March 2015

"There was no quit in Tim. I remember him throwing passes during recess and lunch in the Madeleine yard-- with a cast on his left arm!
Later, he was a QB on the St. Mary's football roster.

Tim's probably throwing passes to the angels."

This tribute was added by Agnes Russell on 7th March 2015

"Tim was an extraordinary man and I will miss him as will all who knew him.  He left a wonderful family to help us remember him."

This tribute was added by Mary Ghidella on 7th March 2015

"Thanks you for all those wonderful family moments. I loved seeing his mom and dad and sibs, and dancing with Ellen at wedding.  Two very lovely families! He was a very bright light who will be much missed at the '59 gatherings."

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