Garry Ronald Coleman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Naples, Florida where he and his wife of 65 years, wintered for the past twenty years.
Born on November 8, 1932 in Rome, New York, Garry remained a resident of Rome until 2013, when he and Suzanne made Colorado home. This chapter proved to be a joyful adventure. He loved Colorado, their community of friends, the mountains, sunshine and time with family. Garry will be remembered for his selfless love for Suzanne, his deep love for his family, his gentleness, courteous manner, contagious smile, patience, humility, kindness and leadership. He led a full life and was blessed to be healthy and active until his passing.
Shortly after graduating from Bryant University and Syracuse University, young Garry assumed leadership of his father’s business, Coleman Brothers Transportation Lines, Inc. as owner, President and Treasurer. He had an entrepreneurial spirit and founded two other companies in which he served as President: Coleman Truck Leasing and Transportation Sharepac Corporation. In his later years, Garry joined forces with USF Red Star Express Lines, Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President.
Garry was a respected leader in his industry, serving on the Franklin Industrial Advisory Board at the School of Management at Syracuse University, as President and Board Member of Rome Industrial Development Corporation, as a member of the Board of Directors at Oneida County Industrial Development Corporation, as president of Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Group, as a member of the Board of Directors of Adirondack Monorail Corporation and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York Motor Carrier Conference.
Garry also made time to lead in his community. As a member of Zion Episcopal Church in Rome, he served on the Vestry Board and on the Finance Committee. He served on the board of Directors of the Rome Chamber of Commerce, as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Jervis Public Library and as Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Rome Rotary Club. Garry also served his community through the United Way of Rome, serving as Vice Chairman, as a member of its Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Commercial Division.
Continuing his community service in Colorado, Garry also served on the University of Colorado Health System’s Patient Advisory Group.
Cherished by his family, Garry is survived by the love of his life, Suzanne Coleman; their four daughters and sons-in-law, Corin Morrison (Robert), Shelley Jones (Bob), Pam Heck (Scott), Linda Joy Wurtzbacher (Matt); twelve grandchildren, and nine (soon to be eleven) great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed, respectfully remembered with gratitude for the man he was, and he will continue to be loved beyond measure.