Obituary of Kenneth Joseph Coleman
Kenneth Joseph Coleman, 82, of Bristol passed away at home early on April 10th after a brief illness.
He was born in Carbondale PA to Kenneth and Marion (Bailey) Coleman and raised in River Edge NJ. After graduating from RiverDell HS, he enlisted in the USAF and served proudly in Rejyakvik Iceland. Upon discharge from the service Ken went on to work in the film editing field, first for Screen Gems and later establishing his own production company in NYC. His work won a number of Clio Awards for film editing. These were happy years for him as he and his late wife, Mari (McElrath) raised two sons, Keith Weston Coleman and Kenneth “Chris” Coleman in Stamford.
During the 1980’s, Ken closed his business and moved to Eastham, later Orleans, Cape Cod where he began his second career as an electrician. In 1991, Ken met and married Mira (Fish) and upon their retirement, in 2005, the couple moved to Wilton, Maine where they lived for 11 years. In 2018 moved to Bristol, Maine to be nearer to the coast.
Ken was an irascible but loving presence and was a perfectionist in all that he did, happiest when tending his garden beds, working on engines. Ken was a past member of the Orleans HDC and, in Wilton, enjoyed helping the Lions Club.
He leaves behind his wife Mira; his son Peter of Biddeford, ME; his son Keith of Los Angeles; his sister Mari (Bob) Brendel of Coronado Island, CA; and his two grandchildren, Sterling and Isaiah. Kenneth was pre-deceased by his eldest son, Kenneth “Chris” Christian Coleman of Eastham MA; and his two brothers, Frank and Charlie Coleman, both of California.
If you wish, donations in Ken’s name may be sent to the Bristol Fire and Rescue, Town Office, 1268 Bristol Rd, Box 339, Bristol ME 04539.
A private service of committal will be held at a future date. Memories and condolences may be shared on his tribute wall.