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Richard James Coleman (Calgary)

December 11, 1943 September 25, 2018
Richard  James Coleman (Calgary)
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.COLEMAN, Richard James
December 11, 1943 – September 25, 2018

Richard passed away peacefully at the Rockyview General Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Southie, Saskatchewan, to James and Veronica (Vera) Coleman, and grew up in Raymore, Saskatchewan. He started his career in the Broadcast Industry at CHEC Radio Lethbridge from August 1962 – April 1965. He then moved to North Bay, Ontario, to work with a local TV station there from June 1965 – December 1965. Bob Lamb from CFCN Calgary recruited Richard back West, and Richard happily began his 43 year career at CFCN (CTV) Calgary on December 6, 1965. Richard retired as VP Engineering for CTV Alberta. In 2007 he was award the WABE Bob Lamp Award for Engineering Excellence. Richard was well known and respected by his peers across the country for his knowledge, enthusiasm, and devotion to the Broadcast Industry. Despite his fear of heights, he eagerly anticipated the annual fall helicopter trips to the transmitters high atop Pigeon Mountain, Protection Mountain, and Mount Goldie. His best ever business trip was to Honolulu, Hawaii, which was met with awe and disbelief by his colleagues at the station.

He was an avid amateur radio operator, call sign VE6BY, and was a member of both the Foothills Amateur Radio Society and Calgary Amateur Radio Association. His passion extended from Morris Code to fully equipping his personal vehicles with radios, antennas, and all things embarrassing to his children. Richard proudly had a tower installed in the backyard, providing a roost for the local magpies and crows, and another source of embarrassment for his children. Over the years, he put many pins in the Amateur Radio map of the world. The International Space Station was his most distant contact.

Despite not being one for games or puzzles, Richard enjoyed solving the annual Christmas “Dutch Treat Boozers” riddles. He secretly recruited family members to help him solve it before the others, and the brainstorming usually meant he was one of the first, if not the first, to come up with the solution.

Richard loved mountain drives and picnics with his family and later just with his wife Jane. In the last few years, he enjoyed spending time watching the sailing boats on Glenmore Reservoir and the small planes taking off and landing at the Springbank Airport. These were also good places for a nap.

He was always there for his children, whether they needed something moved in the truck, or technical support, or advice on how to fix things they’d broken. Richard always had time to lend an ear to their problems. He was also a second set of ears for Jane when she couldn’t hear what was being said on TV. His chairs at either end of the deck were his vantage point to admire the backyard flowers and catch another nap. Retirement was good, providing more time to go to coffee at Tim Horton’s, Saturday breakfasts in High River with the HAMs, and Sunday breakfasts at the local A&W.

He will be dearly missed by his wife Janie Felske, daughters Cari (Martin) Leyshon, and Cindy Coleman (Brett Magnus); step-children Anthony (Tara) Wachtler, and Susie Wachtler; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brother Ron (Gail) Coleman; and extended family. He was pre-deceased by his parents, James and Veronica Coleman.

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