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James D. Coleman

Obituary for James D. Coleman

November 20, 1945 - July 29, 2019
Dalton, Georgia | Age 73


James (Jim) D. Coleman of Dalton GA, formerly of Rockland MA passed away on July 29, 2019 after a very brief battle with lung cancer. Jim faced this devastating disease with courage, faith and hope. Jim was born on November 20, 1945. He was the son of the late, James L. Coleman and Dorothy (Laman) Stepson of the late Robert Klump.

Jim is survived by his loving and devoted daughter Cari-Lynne (Coleman) Ciano and Michael A. Ciano.
Cherished Grandchildren: Maria L. Ciano and Anthony M. Ciano Brother of, Gary Klump, Phil Klump, Celia (Klump) Meko, and Shirley (Klump) Groser
Uncle of, Ann Marie Nicol and Susan Nicol. Brother in law of, Sherri Ann (Coleman) Nicol and William Nicol
Jim is remembered fondly and with love by the mother of their daughter, Sheila Fraher.

Jim also leaves behind many close friends, especially a dear close friend Joe Craton who has been by his side as he battled his illness.
Jim was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan and was raised in Jackson, Michigan. He graduated from Western High School and furthered his education in Business Management at Jackson County Community College.

Jim served his country enlisting with the USMC from 1966-1969, he then continued his military career by enlisting with the Marine Corps Reserves for the next 15 years. Jim was a Vietnam Veteran, he worked in aviation maintenance working on military aircraft. Jim provided combat support while stationed in Da Nang, Vietnam. While in Vietnam, Jim earned several medals and awards. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marines never left him, as family and friends will attest. He was extremely proud to serve his country.

Jim is a former member of the American Legion, VFW, Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America and AMVETS.
Jim was a self-employed carpenter and often donated his time and talents of carpentry to help improve the quality of life for others. His attention to detail was legendary.

Jim is also a former amateur NASCAR race car driver, once owning a car driven by Cale Yarborough. Jim could often be seen at the Onondaga Dragway in Michigan as part of the "Mercury Competition Team." In October 2017, Jim was featured in the Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine along with his 1969 Mercury Cyclone GT. Jim was an antique car enthusiast traveling and showing his prized 1969 Mercury Cyclone Cobra Jet throughout the Midwest, Eastern and Southern states, winning over 250 trophies and awards.

For many years Jim enjoyed fishing and camping with his family and was a member of the Traveling Night Owls. He was also an avid bowler and is a former member of many leagues on the South Shore. Jim had a passion for sports especially the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins and NASCAR Racing.

Grandpa Jim was especially proud of his two grandchildren and their academic and athletic achievements.
Jim was a loving and giving person and one of his last wishes was to donate his eyes to the GA Eye Bank so others could see life much clearer, thus improving the life of a perfect stranger.

Jim's Family invites friends and loved ones to celebrate his life in The Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St. Rockland MA 02370, of Sunday from 2:00-4:00 PM. A Memorial Service will be held in the funeral home at 4:00 PM.

Donations in Jim's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society or the South Shore VNA, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370
The family wishes to thank the Hamilton Medical Center and Hospice for the loving and compassionate care they provided.

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Rockland, MA 02370
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