Geoffrey Bates Coleman

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Geoffrey Bates Coleman

April 5, 1926 - March 31, 2021

Peacefully at his home in Cobourg on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Geoffrey Coleman at 94 years of age. Cherished partner of Barbara Reading and former husband of the late Barbara Sutherland and the late Barbara Rae. Dear step-father of Glenn (Linda) Sutherland and Lynn (Allan) Maclean. Loved grandfather of Jason (Candace) Maclean, Brandon (Genny) Maclean, and ten great grandchildren. Geoff will be missed by the Reading family; Barb’s children Garry and Gail (Blake) Fisher, grandchildren Darrin, Deborah and Diane, and many great grandchildren.
Geoff was brother of the late Renee (George) Rippengale and Gerry Coleman.
Geoff enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces April 9, 1944 and was posted in Egypt and Belgium. He rose to the rank of Warrant Office before retiring from the Forces November 1, 1969. Geoff then worked as Materials Manager at Borden Chemical Company in Cobourg retiring at the age of 57.
“Geoffy” packed a lot of fun into his nearly 95 years. He had a passion for golf, which he enjoyed until the age of 92, and could be counted on to be the life of any party. Since Covid doesn’t allow for a celebration of life it would please Geoff and the family if you would raise a glass in his memory.
A heartfelt thank you to Dana Dudley and the wonderful staff at Palisades Garden who went above and beyond to make Geoff’s wish to remain at home possible.
The family would also like to express their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Mule and the LHIN.
Cremation with interment at Cobourg Union Cemetery. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the M.S. Society of Canada

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June andGord Minifie - April 13, 2021

Condolences to Barb and family

Patricia and Ian Rogerson - April 12, 2021

Dear Barb: We were so sorry to hear of Geoffy's passing, he was a great golf buddy, and just about the nicest person one could ever meet. So glad he was able to stay at home so that you could be with him at the end. With love from Patricia and Ian

June Dipasquale - April 12, 2021

I was so sad to hear this news, my deepest condolences to you Barb and all the family. Enjoyed many fun times with Geoff at the legion and going out for group dinners. Thinking of you, Cheers to you our friend.

Brian Boegel - April 9, 2021

Barb Karen and I are sad to see Geoff pass on. We enjoyed many times at the legion with Geoff. His favorite saying was I'M old you know. I did go golfing with Geoff once. He told me to stick to fishing. Will raise that glass tonight.

Malcolm and Maureen Blackburn - April 9, 2021

Dear Barbara and Family, It was with great sadness that we learned of Geoffy's passing and we send our sincere condolences at this time. Life was never dull living next door to Geoff on Armour Court, he was predictable only through his 4 p.m. drive to The Legion everyday. But Geoffy was the most fun at Dalewood where he was the Competitions chief of the 100 plus Seniors Group. I know that he spent hours after each golf day working through the scores and handicaps and it was always fair. When others took over it went downhill really quickly. A true character and all round good guy. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Regards, Malcolm and Maureen Blackburn

Joan V. Diminie - April 9, 2021

We were saddened to learn of Geoff passing on, we knew Geoff through the family, he was a great friend and will be missed.

Arthur and Nancy Dalgarno - April 8, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Shane and Kathy Maclean - April 8, 2021

We extend our deepest sympathies to Geoffy's family. Barb, our sincere condolences for your loss. We know how important Geoffy was in your lives and how much he was loved by all of you. We are so honoured to have enjoyed many years of his kindness and humour and we will miss him dearly. He served his country well during his military years and after, never forgetting his military family. RIP dear Geoffy.

Doris - April 7, 2021

I'm so sorry to learn of Geoff's passing. We had a lot of laughs over the years and what a great man he was...He will be missed...

Maggie McKessick - April 7, 2021

Barb and family, Graham and I send our sincere condolences on the passing of Geoff. We have very fond memories of gathering at our branch.

Dr Morgan Hubbel - April 7, 2021

Sorry to hear of your loss. Geoff was a friend for many years and he always brightened our day. Our thoughts are with you.

Catherine Provost - April 7, 2021

So sorry to hear of Geoffrey's passing, condolences to all his family and friends. I worked with Geoffrey at Borden's many years ago. He was the most sweetest, kind, generous, loveable, funny person I ever knew. We had so much fun in the office with his pranks and lots and lots of laughs. Occasionally over the years, I would bump into Geoffrey, always with a smile and a nice chat. So here's to you Geoffrey.....cheers ! Thanks for the memories, rest in peace.

Constance Mealing - April 7, 2021

Geoff was such a gentleman. He gave you his full attention. I will always remember his happy smile and especially he and Barb dancing at her birthday party. A very special man. We enjoyed his visits to our wine store.

Linda Stephen - April 6, 2021

My condolences in Geoff's passing. He was a great friend and support to Bill Vronsky during the years they played golf and savoured a brew at the Legion. May they meet again and tee off together.

Carol Osborne - April 6, 2021

Wib and I send our condolences to the family. Geoff was the nicest man and I really enjoyed playing on his dart team

Nancy Kerr - April 6, 2021

Deepest sympathies to all of you. Geoffrey will be missed. Thinking of him always brings a smile to your face.

Carol Gutteridge - April 6, 2021

Sorry to hear of Geoffs passing. Condolences to all. He was a dear friend of my father. I had the pleasure of knowing him and I bartended for a few of his parties in his home. Lots of laughs when he was around. Rip Geoffy.

Carolin & Steve Truelove - April 5, 2021

Glenn, Linda and family we are sorry for your loss. We know how much Geoffy meant to you, and hope that happy memories of his life give you comfort xo

Tomo and Barrie Gibson (Colorado Springs, Colorado) - April 5, 2021

To all of Geoffy's family, Tomo and I send our utmost condolences. There is little doubt that our fondest memories of our time in Cobourg was highlighted by our neighbor across the street. He was truly one of a kind and everyone has lost a very special guy. Rest well our friend. FORE!

We-Fix-U Chiropody Team - April 5, 2021

To all of Geoffreys' (or as we referred to him Walters') Family, "Walter" was a patient of Peters at We-fix-u and we loved when he visited. We nicknamed him Walter (because of his likeness to the actor Walter Matheau). We never called him Geoffrey and the nickname was something he seemed to enjoy very much. We will miss his quiet disposition and wonderful sense of humour. May your shared memories comfort you at the very difficult time. Sincerest Condolence, Peter, Mark, Cristol and Debbie The We-Fix-U Chiropody Family.

bob finkle - April 5, 2021

so sorry to hear , he had many a years with my dad bob and don grant,must have play a 1000 rounds of golf together, have they get to play again in heaven

George & Barb Lawrence - April 5, 2021

Dear Barb - Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We will raise a glass or two in Geoff’s memory. 🤗

Carol Ann Heffernan - April 5, 2021

Dear Barbara and family of Geoff, We are so very sad to hear about Geoff. He truly was a “character” and always so pleasant to socialize with. He will truly be missed! Cheers 🍻 to him 😊 Most sincerely, Tom & CarolAnn Heffernan

Danny & Sylvia Lloyd - April 5, 2021

Barbara and family, We were saddened to hear of Geoffreys passing. Sending our condolences and will raise a glass to him. Sincerely, Danny & Sylvia ( old neighbours from Maher St and pals from the Legion)

Candice Woods - April 5, 2021

I wish we were calling to sing to you for your birthday today, Geoffy, instead of writing a goodbye to you here... Thank you for the many years of laughter, fun and happy memories. This world has lost one of its brightest lights, but it brings a lot of comfort to know that you and grandpa will be enjoying happy hour together once again.

Ron and Barb Swallow - April 5, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Dave & Louise Swallow - April 5, 2021

The foursome is back together again. Say hello to dad. As the life of all parties you will be greatly missed but have left us with many fond memories and a big smile in our heart.

Ron and Barb Swallow - April 5, 2021

... and yes, we will raise a glass in Geoffy’s memory - and there are so many! A life long friend of the Swallow family, he brought joy, fun and laughter to all who knew him - he will be sourly missed. Ron and Barb

Steve and Jan Bradford - April 5, 2021

We have such fond memories of Geoff over the years, from being neighbours on Abbott, golfing at Dalewood and having a few at the legion. Geoff was a great guy and will be missed by many. Condolences to all of his family.

Corey - April 5, 2021

Lynn , Glen and Gail Deeply saddened to hear this news. He certainly lived a good life with many friends and good times at the Legion. Geoffrey never ever forgot my name and always had a hug for me when I seen him. He will truly be missed. Corey & Troy

Judy Sherwin - April 5, 2021

Lynn, Glenn, Barb and family. So sorry for your loss. Geoff sure was the life of a party, he was a good friend of mom and dads. We enjoyed many laughs with him. He was a character for sure. I'm sure he is in great company once again. RIP Geoff

Robert Pearse - April 5, 2021

To Barb, So sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. I shall miss him a lot. Bob