OBITUARY

Vernon Ellsworth Coleman

March 17, 1926March 18, 2012

MARSTONS MILLS - Vernon E. "Vern" Coleman passed away peacefully at home on March 18, 2012 after a long period with leukemia. Vernon E. "Vern" Coleman, a radio and television engineer, was a life long resident of Cape Cod. Born in Hyannis, he was the son of noted Cape artist and educator Vernon H. Coleman and Ruby E. Coleman. A 1944 graduate of Barnstable High School, Mr. Coleman began a career in broadcasting in 1943 while still in High School at Cape Cod’s only radio station at the time, WOCB in West Yarmouth. During the early 1960’s he was employed as a member of the Department of Geophysics at WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) as a research assistant in electronics experimenting in underwater sound. Mr. Coleman subsequently became involved in television broadcasting in the Boston area with WGBH-TV, Channel 2, where he worked fourteen years on the production of PBS programs such as The Boston Pops, Evening at Symphony, The French Chef with Julia Child, and numerous remote and studio presentations as audio producer and recordist. In 1976, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for PBS production "New Years’s Eve at Pops’ for the best live sound. He attended these ceremonies in Hollywood. Television work also included eight years as staff engineer at WCVB-TV, Channel 5. During this time in Boston, Mr. Coleman was also in charge of engineering at Northeast Broadcasting School. Upon retirement from Channel 5, he continued working locally as a contract engineer for several Cape radio stations including WQRC, WOCN-FM, WFCC, WKPE, WXTK, and Boston University’s WBUR-AM. As a ten year volunteer he provided audio services for the Cape Cod March of Dimes Teleramas. He was a graduate of the Barnstable Police Academy and until recently he was a civilian volunteer for the Barnstable Police Department. Pursuing an interest in music, Mr. Coleman constructed a recording studio at home to edit and preserve many of the recordings made during his career. Hobbies included an interest in photography, and building and flying model airplanes. He was a charter member of Discover Flying Radio Control Club flying out of Marstons Mills Airport. He was a former member of the Osterville Mens Club, and the Media Gang of Boston. His passion for jazz and 50’s and 60’s music filled his life with joy. Vern loved his home, maintaining his beautiful gardens along with Gloria and driving his beloved convertible. Survivors include his devoted and adoring wife Gloria (Hallett-Tracy) Coleman, son Vernon H. Coleman of Bethel, Vermont; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also, stepsons Mark Tracy and his wife Sherry, and Brian Tracy and his wife JoanMarie. Others include a cousin, three nephews and a niece. Mr. Coleman was pre-deceased by his first wife Thelma A. (Lovequist) Coleman and their two sons Carl C. Coleman and Lawrence W. Coleman. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 28th at 1:30 P.M. in the Federated Church of Hyannis. Donations in his memory may be made to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 434 Route 134, Suite D-3, South Dennis, MA 02660

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 28, 2012
REMEMBERING

Vernon Ellsworth Coleman

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Donna Davis

April 12, 2012

Vernon, (Dad), was my foster father and his influence has made a lasting impression on me all my life that has reached into the lives of my children. Vernon-Thank-you for having shared your home with me and may you have peace in God's eternal abode with all the loved ones that have gone on before. to your family here may God bless them and watch over them in your absence. God bless all of you and be with you all.

Lori Shanholtz

March 30, 2012

You have slipped off to the stars for your new adventure. Thank you for being here and sharing yourself with us on this mortal plane. I will always carry fond memories of you in my heart.

Kathleen Coleman

March 30, 2012

We are sending our love and prayers to you Gloria. May your memories of Vern bring you much comfort and solace at this time. Love Kathleen; Kelly;, Kristin; and Katelyn

Cheryl Amsden

March 26, 2012

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

March 26, 2012

My deepest sympathy to you, Vernon and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Cathy Jones Viola

Linda Schuster

March 26, 2012

I wish to send God's Blessings and Prayers to the Coleman Family and especially to Vernon,a former classmate.May you find peace in knowing that you are thought of at this team.

March 26, 2012

In memory of my Father. from your son Vernon

Vernon Coleman

March 24, 2012

I want my Step Mother Gloria to know how grateful I am that she was with my Father the last fourteen years of his life. My Father lived a full and rewarding life and loved Cape Cod and enjoyed his career in Radio and Television Broadcasting. My condolences to Gloria and may her memories of Dad be a comfort to her always.

Vernon Coleman

March 24, 2012

I want my Step Mother Gloria to know how grateful I am that she was with my Father the last fourteen years of his life. My Father lived a full and rewarding life and loved Cape Cod and enjoyed his career in Radio and Television Broadcasting. My condolences to Gloria and may her memories of Dad be a comfort to her always.

The Staff of Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home

March 21, 2012

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.