Edmund F. Coleman

October 25, 1919April 12, 2012

Edmund F. Coleman, 92, of Fairhaven, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at home following a long illness. He was the husband of Dorothea (Mc Partlan) Coleman with whom he shared 70 years of marriage.

Born in Boston, a son of the late Frank J. and Margaret A. (Ballem) Coleman, he had lived in Dorchester for nearly 60 years before moving to Fairhaven 30 years ago.

Mr. Coleman was a graduate of Boston English High School and served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.

Ed worked at Boston Naval Shipyard for 33 years before that facility was shut down in June 1973.

He then went to work at the New University of Massachusetts at Colombia Point. Following 2 years at U-Mass in Boston, he transferred to SMU in Dartmouth and left in early 1983.

Ed was an avid reader and also enjoyed golfing. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Fairhaven.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Donna Lopes of Stuart, FL, Nancy Rodriques of Jensen Beach, FL, Richard Coleman of Fairhaven; his siblings, Bernard Coleman of Braintree, Ann Hayward of Boston, Robert Coleman of Woburn, Raymond Coleman of Harwich Port, Grace Finell of Simpsonville, S.C. and Mary Lou Cooney of Greenville, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild. He was the father of the late Edmund Coleman, Jr. and Paul Coleman and brother of the late Francis Coleman and Carolyn Holihan.

His visitation will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012 from 4-8pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 10am in St. Joseph’s Church, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. In accordance with his wishes, he will be cremated. For online tributes and directions:


  • Visitation Monday, April 16, 2012
  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Edmund F. Coleman

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Nancy Rodrigues

April 26, 2012


Joseph Barbara Celli

April 26, 2012

Joe Barbara CELLI WE ARE FRIENDS OF Nancy and want to say how sorry we are for your familys lost we heard so many funny storys about Edmund Nancy i know how hard this has been on you and your family we hope our novenas helped with deepest sympathy Joseph Barbara Celli

Todd, Maurine & Girls Rodrigues

April 18, 2012

Thanks for the memories Grampy!

Michelle,Wayne and Corey Bergeron

April 16, 2012

Thank you for all the great memories that
I can pass down to my family.We will miss you very much.

Richard Cabral

April 16, 2012

I wish to say that Ed was one of the greatest souls I have ever known. He was a kind and wonderful man that gave my children and myself many wonderful memories. Together with his wonderful wife Bunny they celebrated life, love and family with giving and compassion. You are always in my heart and prayers, I look forward to the day that we all are together, God bless you.

Nicky Muzrim

April 16, 2012

We admire the character and dignity that Grampy always demonstrated. He was a mentor and an inspiration. We are grateful for the lifetime of wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nana and the rest of the Coleman family. Love Always, Nicky, Paul, Coleman, and Corin

April 16, 2012

you left us with so many great memories to share with our family.Thank you
for that.
Michelle,Wayne and Corey

April 15, 2012

My brother Ed was tweleve years older than I was and it was a very happy distance in age because he really was THE BIG BROTHER. I remember so well the attention he gave me, which being from a large family was not easy. I used to wait for Ed at the trolley car to come home from work. He would say "Ready Gracie?"I then would fly up and down in his capable hands, he would pick me up with one hand and like a plane flight whirled me up the stairs into the house. He was to meas a child a superman, he brought me to get ice cream by myself, took me in his venerable car for short trips, even included me in his studies until I colored all over an assignment. Even then his attitude was calm and forgiving. His respectful nature to my Mother and to the siblings is truly remarkable. His memory is strong and his mentoring resulted I believe in my selection of a husband. This was the type of life I wanted and I married a man with all of brother Ed's qualities. He will be sorely missed.
Grace /Coleman Finnell

Todd & Maurine Rodrigues

April 14, 2012

An amazing Grandfather and Great-Grandfather who left us with so many special memories to hold on to. Thank you for all of the special times we shared together Gramps, we will treasure them always!
Our Love,
Todd, Maurine, Kailee, Kamryn & Kaitlyn

Tara Medeiros

April 14, 2012

Nanny Bunny, Nancy, Paul, Michelle, Todd, Nikki and the rest of the family. My deepest condolences on the passing of grampy. He was a wonderful man whom I had the privilege to know over the years. May he continue to watch over your family and protect you. He was truly a remarkable man. Much love to you all.