Raymond ” Ray” Coleman

Raymond “Ray” Coleman of Doylestown, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at the age of 96. Born in Alpine, TN, he was the son of the late William Haskell Coleman and Eola Elizabeth Coleman. Ray is survived by Florence; his loving children, Kandi, Brad & Debbie; two brothers, William Coleman & Joseph Coleman; three grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Ryan, Chad & Marissa. He was predeceased by his son, Murray and brother James.

Ray graduated from Hatboro High School in 1943. He then served in the Army Air Force 1943-1946 during the China, Burma, India Theater of Operation. He later was in the Reserves from 1946-1950.  Ray earned his B.S. in Health & Physical Education, History, and Science at East Stroudsburg State College with the help of the GI bill in 1950.  He later earned his Masters in Education from Temple University in 1954. Ray worked at Abington School District as a teacher, coach and athletic director from 1950-1986. Ray coached basketball, baseball, football, soccer, girl’s golf and girl’s swimming. He started and coached the soccer program at Penn State University Ogontz Center from 1953-1954. Ray was also the athletic director at Shelton College (Ringwood, NJ) where he originated the soccer & basketball programs. Ray officiated football for 25 years, soccer for 15 years, basketball for 5 years and baseball for 5 years.  After retirement, Ray served 35 years as Executive Secretary of the Suburban One League (SOL), stepping down in June 2021. Ray was involved in SOL for a total of 72 years.

Ray will be remembered as a man of faith. He was joyful, kind, selfless and a positive influence to all he met. Ray was a great father, grandfather, brother, uncle, teacher, athletic director and coach. He was instrumental to the Suburban One League and many other high school sports programs.  Ray enjoyed watching his grandchildren in all of their sports/activities and seeing each of them graduate from college.  He will be greatly missed. 

Family and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service 11 AM, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Scanlin-McDonald Funeral Home, 175 E. Butler Ave., Chalfont PA where his viewing will begin at 9 AM. Interment will be private. 

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suburban One League 4639 Clearwater Ct Doylestown, PA 18902

8 Comments

Gary Kochersperger

Ray Coleman…father of Suburban 1 League (SOL). More than that, a dedicated family man, and friend to hundreds. Ray was always there for new athletic directors in SOL giving support and guidance. I have known “Mr. Coleman” for 62 years, first meeting him as a sophomore basketball player at Abington and then as Basketball Coach and then Athletic Director at Upper Moreland HS. Ray provided me and many others with support, guidance, and friendship for a lifetime. God Bless you Ray, you were one of a kind.

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Stephen & Rachael Clancy

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ray. It is very heartwarming to see how many lives Ray touched over the many years involved in schools, sports and athletics programs, as was brought out so well in Chads biography with the Suburban One League. I always remember him encouraging others to improve and progress in whatever it was that they loved to do. I personally remember in my childhood spending much time with my family at the house. There were several moments where Ray would help me better things like a swim stroke, a volleyball serve, or a tennis swing. Coaching was in his blood both on and off the field that’s for sure.
It’s certainly sad to lose loved ones in death like Ray who had the privilege of living a full and active life. But we look forward to a time when we don’t have to feel such pain. -Revelation 21:3-5

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Nancy B. Claflin (AHS '76)

I attended Lost Acres Day Camp (Doylestown, PA) the summers of 1966-1969!
May Mr. Coleman be received into the bosom of Abraham; May he dwell among the Saints; and may his memory be eternal.

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Barbara Posey Seider

My years with Ray stretch over 60 years. He was not only my coach at Abington Junior High, Shelton College, he became a close friend and gave me away at my wedding in 1960 to Carl Seider. His love of family and all things sports touched many lives over the years and he will be remembered fondly.

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Richard L Gould

Ray, you will be remembered for all of your time devoted to the SOL. You will be surely missed by present and past AD’s that had the pleasure of working with you. Rest in peace.

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Mike

Ray was a very nice man I had the pleasure of meeting a few times at the HS football games. Was very kind and generous, went out of his way to say hi, and am glad I got to meet such a classy individual. RIP Ray.

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Gene and Nancy Higgins

Ray was a wonderful believer who showed a deep interest in the lives of countless people. A generous man who loved the Gospel of Christ, he had a prayerful interest in the Work of God in many distant parts of North America. His warm smile and genuine concern for others endeared him to all who knew him. Just days before he died, he told me with a smile on his lips, and joy in his heart, that he knew he was going home to Heaven to be with Christ. His calm assurance and peace, based on the truth of the Bible, were inspiring. Our separation from him is only until the Lord Jesus returns.

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Jay

I was very saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. While I only knew Ray for a short time as a relatively new neighbor of his, I was fortunate enough to see and speak with him frequently. He would recount his years in the military and loved to speak of the local athletics and of his grandchildren. He lived a truly remarkable life from what I know of him, and he will be missed by many. Sending condolences to his family and friends.

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