Date of Birth January 30, 1951
Date Deceased March 1, 2024
Hometown Hartsville
Home State N.Y.
Service Date March 9, 2024
Service Time 10 a.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell

Timothy Daniel Coleman

HARTSVILLE – Tim Coleman, 73, of Jack White Road, Hornell (Town of Hartsville), passed away Friday evening (March 1, 2024) surrounded by family. He lost his hard-fought battle with leukemia at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.

Tim lived life to the fullest and his journey on earth has ended; his devout Catholic faith will lead him forward.

Born in Hornell on January 30, 1951to the late Stewart and Leah (Skillman) Coleman.

A graduate of Canisteo Central School, class of 1969, Tim also graduated from SUNY Alfred and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Brockport State College.

He was employed by the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, Conrail and the D & H Railroad as a brakeman. He was then employed by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSOT) in Hornell, retiring as a Civil Engineer.

Tim was very devoted to his Catholic faith and was a parishioner of the former St. Joachim’s Church in Canisteo. He was presently a member and communicant of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Hornell and Rexville. He was also an active member of the Sons of Ireland, Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Throughout the years Tim has enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, hunting, boating, kayaking, bicycling and volleyball. He was an avid golfer and was a member of Twin Hickory Golf Course in Hornell. He also XC skied with the Greater Garwood Ski Association (GGSA). Tim appreciated music and attended and danced at many events and festivals with family and friends.

Tim will be remembered for his outgoing personality and his ability to make friends easily.  It was important to Tim to live lightly on this earth. He was a self-sufficient man who lived off the land and had a wealth of knowledge on numerous subjects. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is lovingly survived by three daughters, Sara (Joe) Tigani, Rachel (Ernie) Chamberlain and Hannah (Joey) Testani all of Kane, PA; seven grandchildren, Grace, Ada, Leah, Phinn, Keller, Micah and Frances; one sister, Maryann (Donn) Lang of Alfred, NY; his partner, Jude Preston of Canaseraga, NY; as well as many cousins and friends who were like family to him.

Calling hours are 5-7 p.m. Friday (March 8, 2024) at the Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell where the Sons of Ireland, Ancient Order of Hibernians will conduct a prayer service at 6:45 p.m. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to join his family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Avenue, Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday (March 9, 2024).

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to either the American Cancer Society B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge, 1120 Goodman Street South, Rochester, NY 14620 or to the Sons of Ireland, Ancient Order of Hibernians, P.O. Box 105, Hornell, NY 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Tim’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Tim are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.

















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11 Responses

  1. My thoughts and prayers are going out to you Hannah, Rachel and Sarah and to your whole family. Tim will be missed by so many people for sure, but he will always be in your hearts and memories forever. Rest in peace Tim.

  2. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Coleman family and all Tim’s many friends. A kind man, pure of heart and a good soul.
    Rest In Peace.

  3. Tim, you were a part of the crazy Heckel family and we were proud to have you. All those parties that Marge had- we had fun, didn’t we?
    I hope that your family, your daughters and granddaughters, and of course, Maryann and Donn have wonderful memories to take with them.
    Rest well
    Tina Heckel Stroh

  4. To my friend and my hunting buddy. Thanks for all the good times and the cold beers, you will be missed. Thanks for the memories, my friend. That’s from Chuck Rath, and my hunting dogs, Bandit and Oakley.

  5. I met Tim a handful of times, at music festivals. He always had a smile and was so positive. My sincere condolences to his family.

  6. Tim, Our paths crossed in this world as you worked D&H then NYSDOT and me just the opposite. You were a great railroader, a great friend and an Irishman Superb. May you R.I.P. as you throw the derail. Bernie

  7. Tim-So many wonderful times in the woods and on the water. Hunting and fishing will not be the same without you. Our trips together are some of my best memories. But the warmth of your friendship is what I will miss the most. I will miss you dearly Tim but we will meet again. Please say hi to Dave.

  8. One of the highlights of my interactions with Tim was at an event on his land in Hartsville; I think it was called the Mid Summer Nights Camping and Music festival; something like that. I happened to be in Canisteo visiting family and my brother and I attended this music fest. What a blast it was. I have a distint memory of Tim wailing away on the washtub bass. I was bummed I didn’t have my camping equipment with me cuz I would have spent the night next to that pond. An all-around good guy, pretty much loved by everyone. RIP, my fellow CCS alumus.

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