David Elijah Coleman
David Elijah Coleman

May 5, 1943 - April 27, 2019
Born in Westfield, New Jersey
Resided in Plainfield, New Jersey
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David Elijah Coleman was born on May 5, 1943 to parents Elijah Coleman and Grace Keets Coleman. He grew up in Westfield, New Jersey with siblings Brock Keets Coleman and Karen-Jean Coleman. David graduated from Westfield High School in 1962. He relocated to Baltimore to attend Morgan State University on a track scholarship where he received his Bachelor’s degree.
David began his teaching career in Springfield, New Jersey. Later, he moved across country to Los Angeles, California where he worked for The Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation as the Program Director for Inner City Youth Athletics. He led an athletic program throughout Los Angeles working with local civic and school leaders which involved sports competitions and after school activities for underprivileged youth. David’s desire to teach again ultimately led him to Vallejo, California where he taught middle school Physical Education and coached. David was loved and respected by his students, as he was a person that people loved talking to.
Aside from teaching, David enjoyed photography, camping, fishing, and hunting. He was also an avid football and basketball fan. More recently, in 2016, David was inducted into the Westfield Athletic Hall of Fame for breaking state track and cross country records. His coaches described him as one of the best in school history. For those who knew him, one thing that was evident, his unconditional love for his mother. Recently, David was truly blessed to celebrate her 100th birthday with her surrounded by family and friends. David is survived by his mother Grace Keets Coleman, step-mother Leona Coleman, children Karin Hopkins (husband Darrell-deceased, children Takisha, Darrell jr. and wife CharTdra and Danielle), Kim Handy (husband Joe, children Tamara and Joey), Kent Randolph Morgan “Randy”, Lisa Kim Majete (daughter Danielle), David Coleman jr. (children Coleman, Ayan and Ethan), Jessica Luna (husband Justin, children Julien and Jayden Elijah), Grace Floyd (husband Cleodis, children Harmony and Sofia), eight great grandchildren, aunt Ernestine Lambert, two nieces Crystal Coleman and Felicia Murray, and a host of cousins whom David was very close to.

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Visitation
St. Luke's Ame Zion Church
500 Downer St
Westfield,, NJ US 07090
Thursday, May 9, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday, May 10, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Service
St. Luke's AME Zion Church
500 Downer St
Westfield, NJ US 07090
Friday, May 10, 2019
11:00 AM