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Harry P. Coleman, Jr.
December 6, 1944 ~ September 9, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Harry Parker Coleman, Jr., (78) beloved husband of Felipa Coleman; loving father of David Coleman and brother to Barbara Coleman passed away at the University of Maryland Medical Center, in Baltimore, MD on September 9, 2023, after losing his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Harry was born on December 6, 1944, in Lynn, MA to Lillian (Nathanson) and Harry Coleman. He graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1962. Through High School he worked as a caddy at a golf course in Danvers, MA and cashiered at a local pharmacy in Lynn.
He attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA where he earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering on June 16, 1968. He then moved to Laurel, MD to embark on his federal career with the Department of Defense. In 1971, while in Turkey, he met Felipa Chaparro-- she was returning to the US after completing an assignment with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Bangkok, Thailand. They exchanged contact information and reconnected in Washington, D.C. They were married on September 1, 1973, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cheverly, Maryland. Harry and his wife moved to Columbia, Maryland and on April 7, 1976, lovingly welcomed their son, David.
After 33+ years of service, he retired and continued to work as a contractor in his field for a few more years.
Harry loved nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed golf, tennis, racquetball, and hiking. He was an avid reader (science fiction), loved detective movies, watching football, the wheel of a fortune with his family, and playing card games.
After retirement, Harry enjoyed family vacations to Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and especially hiking in the desert with David. He loved spending time at Longwood Gardens in PA with Felipa. He took up gardening and called a section of his back yard “my garden.” He loved to jog/walk the neighborhood and nearby parks.
He was predeceased by his mother Lillian Coleman, father Harry Coleman and nephew Sean Weil.
Harry will be sorely missed by his family. He was funny, kind, witty and compassionate. More than once he provided a helping hand to family, friends and even strangers who had fallen on tough times. On one winter evening, he came home with a stranger that he met on his walk. The man was not properly dressed for the cold weather and seemed a bit disoriented. Harry gave him some warm clothes, shoes and socks and then offered him a ride to his place.
A Funeral Service, followed by a reception, will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P.A., 12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029.
Harry supported several non-profits like the Red Cross, Feed the Hungry, the Holocaust Museum, Focolare and others.
In Lieu of flowers Harry would be happy if people felt free to donate to a cause of their choice in his memory.