Walter J. Coleman, Sr.

walter coleman,

December 28, 1926 ~ January 19, 2022

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Walter Joseph Francis Coleman, Sr., age 95, loving husband of Rhea Myers Coleman of Hamden, passed away at Connecticut Hospice on January 19, 2022. Born in New Haven on December 28, 1926, he was the son of the late George F. Coleman, Sr. and Alice Murray Coleman. He was predeceased by his brothers Thomas and George Coleman. Walt and Rae were married for over 73 years. Walt is survived by his loving children; Walt (Carolyn) Coleman, Jr. of Webster, FL, Rita (Glenn) Smith of Branford, Kathy (Lou) Ferraro of East Haven, and Patty (Jim) Belke of Silver Spring, MD. Walt is also loved by his 18 grandchildren, his 26 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren. Walt was a proud U.S. Navy WWII veteran. He was an active member of his community, working as the Executive Vice President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving as a Business Manager for the State of CT Dept. of Education. Walt held memberships in the Manufacturers Association of New Haven County, the Hamden Knights of Columbus, and St. Stephen’s Church in Hamden, where he served as a Lector.
Friends are invited to visit with Walt’s family on Sunday, Jan. 23rd from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden and may attend his funeral on Monday, Jan. 24th from the funeral home at 9:15 for his Mass of Christian Burial, to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in Divine Mercy Parish-St. Rita Church. Interment with Military Honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven.


Visitation: January 23, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Mass of Christian Burial: January 24, 2022 10:00 am

St. Rita Church
1620 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517


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  1. Patty — Praying that you and the family find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Your Dad is healed and at peace. Your memories will keep him in your heart forever!!

  2. My deepest sympathies to Aunt Ray and all my cousins. I have so many great memories of good times growing up with such a great extended family. Many memories of the great times at Uncle Walt’s and Aunt Ray’s home for family picnics and pool parties. We all have been blessed by being part of the Coleman Clan. God bless you all. Looking forward to the great day when we all gather once more for our reunion in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  3. I had the pleasure of knowing Walter at The Knights of Columbus at St. Stephen Church. He was an active and enthusiastic member who, I think, had the best attendance in the Council. I have many happy memories of Walter during our meetings and activities that the Knights held. He was always there with a smile, participating and helping. He will be missed.
    Karl J. Zaehringer PGK –

  4. Our deepest sincere condolences to the entire family. Mr. C was a great guy. We shared many good times through the last 40+ years. Sorry we can’t be with the family at this sad time. But our hearts are with you all and our prayers will be with you this weekend.

  5. Sending heartfelt condolences to the entire family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers and may god bless you all during this difficult time. All our love – Steve and Paige Waters (Ferraro)

  6. Uncle Walt was a man dedicated to his faith, his church and his family. He was an example of a follower of Christ that did not seek public recognition, and was a member of that generation of heroes that served during World War II that all too often are not appreciated by today’s society.

    I will always fondly remember the family picnics organized by Uncle Walt and Aunt Rhea in their yard and their kind hospitality, as well as their self sacrifice when they took care of Gramps as he was dying of cancer.

    My condolences to Carolyn and Walt, Rita and Glenn, Kathy and Lou, Patty and Jim, and their families.

  7. To Aunt Rhea and all my cousins,
    My sincerest sympathy to all on the passing of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather and my uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
    Someone who shared so much of life with you will forever be a part of you and those beautiful memories will always hold a special place in your hearts.

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