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I had the pleasure of working out with him. Always had a smile on him. Rest peacefully 🙏🏼
Kathy Uccello Picard
Dear Richard, Christine, and Kathleen and Family, I am so sorry to read about your Dad's passing today in the Glastonbury Citizen! I have many fond memories of the years while your Dad and Mom lived in Glastonbury! I cherished our friendship! May he rest in peace and know that now is reunited with his beautiful wife Fawn!
Colleen and John Hodge
Please accept our deepest sympathies during this sad time. We knew Richard from Club 14 and St. Michael and always enjoyed being around him. He was an inspiration! He and your family will be in our prayers.
When I was a kid, Aetna stationed Uncle Dick in the south, back and forth between Jacksonville and New Orleans. What a rare and delightful treat it was when he and Aunt Fawn swept into town! Funny as all get-out, energetic, loving and generous, Uncle Dick regaled us with stories. My favorite involved a teenaged Uncle Dick bludgeoning a copperhead into Snake Heaven and then fashioning a belt out of its reptilian carcass. What could be cooler than that! Things got even better when the Aetna transferred Uncle Dick to the home office and the Colemans moved to Glastonbury. After that, we had plentiful opportunities to hang out with Uncle Dick and Aunt Fawn and really get to know Rich, Christie and Kathleen. That was a wonderful time and as I moved into my professional career, I got to benefit from his experience and guidance. Dick was devoted to his family and his faith. He was a beautiful guy. The world will be a lesser place without him. I know though, that his memory will be kept alive in the hearts of his family and all those he touched. To all the Colemans, Kilguses and Krietes, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you peace. With love, John and Abby Moore and family
We have lost a wonderful family elder in Uncle Dick.He was a warm, fun-loving person who was a role model for his faith, community service and commitment to physical fitness. The entire Moore family will miss him but we know his spirit is at rest in the tender embrace of our Lord. I visualize him reunited with Aunt Fawn, their parents and friends and family members who have gone before them. I believe both Uncle Dick and Aunt Fawn are pleased and proud of the legacy they left this world in Rich, Christie and Kathleen. Dear cousins you have our sincere sympathy and love.
LTC Richard Daly Coleman, Sr., USA (Ret)
LTC Richard Daly Coleman, Sr. USA (Ret), 90, of Fernandina Beach, FL, formerly of Glastonbury, CT, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at The Lakeside at Amelia Island Assisted Living facility.
Richard was born on January 20, 1932 in Middletown, CT to the late Richard Norman Coleman and Marcella Rita (Flanagan) Coleman.
Richard graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown, CT in 1950. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in the School of Business Administration at The University of Connecticut (UCONN) in 1954. During his time at UCONN he was active in student government and was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. After graduation he was commissioned in the U.S. Army where he served on active duty and then in the Army Reserve for over 27 years.
Richard was a devoted husband to his wife of 64 years, Fawn Pharris Coleman, who predeceased him in 2019. Richard enjoyed a highly successful career at Aetna Life & Casualty for over 27 years followed by an even more successful career at Maryland Casualty for over 7 years before he eventually retired.
Richard was a committed husband and father with an amazing servant’s heart and a tremendous desire to help and serve those in need. Richard led a team of volunteers who ran a cold weather shelter for homeless people. In 2016 he was awarded the Ele Colburn Volunteer of the year for his efforts at the Coalition for the Homeless in Nassau County. He was also an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church where he served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
Richard was an avid reader and a physical fitness enthusiast. He enjoyed riding his bike, running on the beach and working out at Club 14.
Richard leaves behind a loving family who are grateful for all that he has done for them including his children; Col Richard D. Coleman, Jr., USMC (Ret) and his wife Rosemary Coleman of Carlsbad, CA, Christine Kilgus and her husband Richard Kilgus of Barrington, RI, Kathleen Kriete and her husband VADM Dave Kriete, USN (Ret) of Fernandina Beach, FL,. His beloved grandchildren, Brittani Coleman, Richard D Coleman III, Kyle Coleman, Coleman Richard Kilgus, Dr. David Matthew Kriete Jr., PhD and Michael Kriete; and great-grandchildren, Zachary Coleman-Job and Rueben Coleman Angulo.
Services will be at 11:00 AM, March 8, 2022 at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Fernandina Beach. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.