Samuel A. J. Coleman, 72, a 47-year resident of Troy, formerly of Pontiac, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at Courtyard Manor of Farmington Hills. He was born Aug. 3, 1935, in Brosley, Mo. Mr. Coleman was a former firefighter for Station #2 in the Troy Fire Department, and was assistant chief of Fire Station #5 in the Troy Fire Department. He was a member of the Troy Traffic Committee, on the Troy Police Diving Team, and a Life Member of the NRA. He retired in 1999 after 40 years as owner and operator of Coleman's Towing and Recovery in Troy. Samuel will be missed by his family and many friends. He was predeceased by parents William and Rosie Coleman; daughter, Veronica Coleman in 1966; and siblings Orville Coleman, Jean Gallamore and Merle Graham. He is survived by wife, Shirley (Morgan) Coleman, whom he wed April 9, 1957, in Angola, Ind.; children, Byron A. J. Coleman of Ocoee, Fla., Shane A. J. (Ann) Coleman of Troy, Mich.; grandchildren, Nathan A. J. and Katie Louise. Visitation, 3-8 p.m. at Price Funeral Home, 3725 Rochester Rd., Troy; in state, 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home until 10 a.m. service at Woodside Bible Church, 6600 Rochester Rd., Troy, with the Rev. Douglas J. Schmidt of the church officiating; Fire Fighters Memorial Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home; burial, White Chapel Memorial Cemetery Troy; memorials, Alzheimer's Association; share memories at the online guestbook at www.pricefuneralhome.net.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Aug. 21, 2007.
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