WALLINGFORD - Stuart N. Coleman, 92, died on Tuesday August 10, 2021, at the Masonic Home and Hospital after a brief illness. "Señor" Coleman was a Spanish teacher at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford for 32 years and will be affectionately remembered by his many students as the 'kindly old professor' in room 22B. He was the loving husband to Sally Tsarides Coleman of Brockton, MA for over 64 years.
Born in Rockville, CT on January 28, 1929, Stuart Coleman was a son of the late George J. and Ethel M. O'Brien Coleman.
Mr. Coleman was educated at St. Bernard Parochial School in Rockville, CT and Wilbraham Academy in Wilbraham, MA. He received his BA degree at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA and his Ed.M (masters) degree at the University of Hartford. He earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (sixth year) as a Foreign Language Supervisor at the University of Connecticut. He also earned a certificate from Southern Connecticut State University for the teaching of 'English as a Foreign Language' to individuals born abroad. Mr. Coleman was an instructor in the Wallingford Adult Education Program for five years and was the author of a local-level booklet entitled 'Foreign Language in the Elementary School.' He was a teacher in the after-school program of Spanish instruction at Holy Trinity School in Wallingford as well as an instructor of Spanish for many years at the Central Connecticut State University graduate school in New Britain. While at Lyman Hall High School Mr. Coleman planned and supervised a daily language laboratory as well as the first Foreign Language 'job to career' fair. He served as chairman of the Foreign Language department for many years.
In 1950 during the Korean War Mr. Coleman was inducted into the U.S. Army Signal Corps, trained as a Military Cryptographer and stationed in the Military Intelligence Center at Berlin, Germany. There he served as a Cryptographer Supervisor with top level security clearance. In his spare time Mr. Coleman worked as a Union projectionist in several movie theaters in Hartford, Manchester, Thompsonville, Rockville, Meriden, and the historic Center Cinema in Wallingford. This was during the era of the 3rd dimension, Cinemascope, and Todd AO projection processes.
Mr. Coleman was a parishioner at Most Holy Trinity Church in Wallingford, a member of the Connecticut Retired Teachers Association, Wallingford Education Association, National Education Association, Compass Lodge # 9 AF & AM for 39 years, AARP, and the Lafayette Consistory SPRS.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by beloved son, Philip J. Coleman of Wallingford, a sister Myrna S. Rivosa of Manchester, two grandchildren, Sarah and Andrew Coleman (Amy Coleman), an extended granddaughter Diana Barry, one great-grandson Cristiano Oliveira (Jack Oliviera), one great-granddaughter Ellie Marie Coleman (Lauren Billings), as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Malcolm G. Coleman and a sister Georgianna Miffit.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday August 17, 2021, at 11AM in the chapel of the B.C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 South Elm Street, Wallingford. Burial at In Memoriam Cemetery will immediately follow with Military Honors. Friends may call at the funeral home prior to the service from 10AM-11AM. If friends so desire, gifts in his memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children; Donation Processing, PO Box 863765, Orlando, FL, 32886. To leave a message of remembrance, or for directions, please visit: www.BaileyCares.com
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