John B. Coleman, 78, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — John B. Coleman, 78, Watertown, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019, at Hospice of Jefferson County.

Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. The funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at St. Patrick’s Church, Watertown, NY.

Born April 10, 1941, in Watertown, the son of Robert and Vivian Audette Coleman, he was a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy and attended night school and achieved his associate’s degree.

He served honorably in the US Army from September 22, 1960 to September 18, 1962, receiving the Good Conduct Medal.

For over 50 years, John had a hand in building many homes and businesses, including the Elks Lodge and Cavallario’s, as an electrician and general contractor.

He was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church and in his younger years, was an altar boy at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and excelled in basketball and baseball at IHA. John was a member of IBEW Local Union 910.

John enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing, cooking, watching sports, watching golf and football, and especially spending time with his family and friends. For several years he lived and wintered in Florida.

He is survived by his three children, Jacqueline V. Keegan, Watertown, John B. Coleman, Jr., Sackets Harbor, and Steven J. LaLonde, Allen, TX; five grandchildren, Samantha Keegan, Noah Roark, Kaeen Pithsorth, Harmonee LaLonde, and Preslee LaLonde; and two great grandchildren, Keegan B. Law and Jordan M. Law; three sisters, Roberta Franks, Rosemarie Coleman, and Maureen Schatz, all of Watertown; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with his parents John was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy and Bernadette Coleman.

Donations in his name may be made to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., or Immaculate Heart Central School Booster Club, 1316 Ives St., Watertown, NY 13601.

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