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James "Jim" Coleman, 62, formerly of Gratz, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at his home in Stamford, New York.
He was born in Harrisburg, a son of Annie C. Schlegel Coleman of Gratz, and the late Robert R. Coleman.
He is survived by one son, Charles E. Coleman of Rocklin, California; two daughters, Christine C. Miles of Los Angeles, California, and Sarah M. Coleman of Stamford, New York; two grandchildren; and one brother, Thomas W. Coleman of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Jim's family lived in the Gratz area until 1966, when they relocated to Stamford, New York. Jim was a 1968 graduate of Stamford Central High School and attended Mohawk Valley Community College.
As a teen in the 1960s, he reveled in the spirit of free expression and protest. In later years he disdained Microsoft and promoted Linux as a bastion of freedom with his computer business, the Long Count Cab Company.
A lifelong gun enthusiast, Jim enjoyed daily target practice in the basement with a BB gun, shot skeet weekly, and was an avid member of the Stamford Rod and Gun Club and the Oneonta Sportsmen's Club. He was also an avid motorcyclist, and for many years his full dress Harley-Davidson motorcycle was his most prized possession.
He worked for the New York Power Authority for many years, working his way up from warehouse clerk to Senior Operator through self-directed studies and his usual calculated tenacity.
A memorial service will be announced for late spring 2014. Burial will be made in Union Cemetery in Gratz. Buffington-Reed Funeral Home Valley View, is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences and remembrances can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com.