Peter Coleman


1949 - 2017

Peter Coleman passed away on Sept. 21, 2017, at his home in Bandon soon after turning 68. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years.

Peter grew up in Berkeley, Calif., in the 1960s during the height of its activist activity. A Renaissance man, he had a wide range of talents and vocations: he studied culinary arts to become a sous chef; he graduated from Merritt College in Oakland, Calif., with honors, majoring in electronic technology; he trained in aerospace ground equipment in the Air Force Reserve; an avid autodidact, he taught himself software programming and magnetics design. He owned and operated two electronic repair businesses in Ukiah, Calif. In his later years, he counseled at-risk youth and volunteered at Free Flight, a bird rehabilitation center in Bandon.

Peter was always the first to adopt new technology. He had multiple Atari computers for which he created software in the 1980s and 90s, and was one of the first handful in Ukiah to get dialup Internet. His house was always equipped with the latest and greatest audio-video invention.

Well-liked by all who knew him, Peter was probably most often described as kind, good-natured, friendly, and funny. Even through the worst of his disease, he charmed his friends and caregivers with his inherent lovable nature and quirky sense of humor.

Peter is survived by his wife, Ruth; three children, Summersette, Galen, and Clifton; and three granddaughters.

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Donations in Peter’s name can be made to the Oregon Brain Bank in Portland, the South Coast Hospice in Coos Bay, and Free Flight in Bandon. More details can be found online at

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