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Charles A. Coleman, Jr.

“May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sunshine warm your face,

the rain fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

COOPERSTOWN — Charles A. Coleman Jr., known by just about everyone as “Chuck” or “Pappy,” died early Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2013, at Otsego Manor. Proud of his Irish heritage, he was 85.

A native of Cooperstown, Chuck was born at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital on May 30, 1928, a son of Charles Alfred Coleman Sr. and Anita Belle née Morgan Coleman. He was raised in the Catholic Faith and took his First Communion on June 2, 1935, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. In his youth he served as an Altar Boy at St. Mary’s and also sang in the choir during the time his mother served as church organist. His talent for singing continued throughout his life, highlighted by the time he and several other Cooperstown vocalists appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.

During his high school years Chuck was a three letter man and won many trophies in swimming. He graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1946 and then attended Hartwick College on a football scholarship. During this time, he contemplated joining the Oneonta Police Force, and in 1947 finished first in the department’s physical and mental tests.

On Dec. 3, 1948, Chuck married the former Dolores Maxine Snyder in a ceremony held in the Rectory at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. Patrick Whelan officiating. Dolores and Chuck then settled into their home on Beaver Street and raised their three boys.

Throughout his life, Chuck was employed by several area businesses. For four years he worked as an installer for Western Electric, and for eight years he worked the counter at Otsego Wholesale Electric Company in Oneonta. For a time he was employed as an installer with New York Telephone Company, and also worked as a salesman for Singer Sewing Machines and as a manager for Buchanan Howe. He eventually settled into a career as a printer, working as a pressman for The Freeman’s Journal, The Otsego Farmer, Lennon Litho in the Mohawk Valley and ultimately Barton-Butler Graphics in Cooperstown.

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