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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.

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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


March 7, 2015
March 7, 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.
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August 3, 2022
August 3, 2022
Just had our 55th St. Mary's Reunion. Not many showed up, but those who did recalled great memories. Tim was part of those stories, and was missed as a good friend to all. Hope his eternal ears are burning!
March 5, 2022
March 5, 2022
Linda and I recall Tim's friendly presence, every year here at the tournament.  Hard to believe it's been 7 years. The love his family and his friends showed at his burial and memorial reception sticks within us. But his smile is forever, and the best gift he gave us all. Rest in peace, great friend.
March 5, 2022
March 5, 2022
Mary and I are in Las Vegas at the WCC Tournament. We fondly recall going to the games with our classmate Tim and his son Matt. We’ll remember Tim on Sunday evening at our annual dinner at the Southern Nevada Italian American Club. We’ll try to remember some of Tim’s coolest stories which he was a master at telling. Go Gaels!!!
Recent stories

My Brother from another Mother

March 19, 2015

When work took mre to Chicago in 1979, I was able to spend a lot of time with Ellen, Tim, and all the kids.  Over time Tim and I grew close and it was during that time in the 80s, when  our relationship and memories were formed.  We initiated the ANNUAL TURKEY BOWL, on the front lawn of their home in Arlington Heights, we worried through his cancer scare, and Ellen and I cried at his bedside when we found out . We struggled with the decision to move to seattle.  He honored me by being my best man at my wedding in 1984.   We would have long conversations on the phone disecting each others life/business plans and I always came away from those knowing I was talking to a man among men.  Tim was completely generous with everything he had, intellectually with his ideas, personally with his time,  emotionally with his love.   His imense  intellect was grounded in real common sense perspectives and values.  His sense of humor was a joy and he had the personality to carry it off through his famous story telling.  He was a devoted christian, and all this, was under the layer of  what was the love and committment he had for his wife and sons.  I grew to love him as a brother, and will have a hole in my heart for the rest of my life. 

My Dad's Voice

March 9, 2015

My Dad always was in the stands at my high school basketball games.  He would come straight from work wearing his suit, even when I was on the JV and my games started earlier than Pete's.  

He was always on the refs, making sure we got a fair shake in the game.  He had such a piercing voice, I could hear everything he said even when out on the court.  
Well, occasionally we would watch game film.  In this game, there was a forward for the opposing team just camped out in the key.  After a few times down the court, my dad had enough.  He yelled out, "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10!!!!!!!!,  10 seconds in the key ref OPEN YOUR EYES".  This came across on the game film LOUD!!  My coach, while instructing us on the game film, made a quick pause and said, "and here's where you here Mr. Coleman yelling at the refs", and went right back to instructing.  I never heard the end of it. 

I think his voice is what I will miss most.  

Mountain of a Man.

March 8, 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."

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