Nicholas J. Coleman June 26, 1950 - May 15, 2018

Minnesota by birth, Irish by nature, St. Paul chip on the shoulder. Dad to 6 great kids and 2 grand ones. Died on May 15, 2018 at the age of 67. Preceded in death by parents Bridget Finnegan and Nicholas D. Coleman; sister Maureen Coleman. Survived by his wife Laura Billings Coleman; children James (Viv), Hannah (Mike) Fairman, Josiah (Angela), Mac, Declan, and Finn; grandchildren Boden and Callan; his previous wife Ann Schwarz; brothers and sister Patrick (Sally), Brendan (Sarka), Meghan Coleman, Chris (Connie), and Emmett (Carrie).

Mass of Christian Burial 10AM Friday, May 18 at the Church of the Assumption, 51 W. 7th St., St. Paul. Visitation 4-8PM Thursday, May 17 at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-228-1006 and at church 1 hour before the Mass. Burial at Calvary Cemetery.


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    The Owen Family, Prairie Island Dakota Community says

    We remember Nick with the greatest affection and with gratitude for his unwavering support of the Dakota Nation and native rights. He will be missed. He will be remembered and honored always. Our deepest condolences to his family as he left us all too soon.

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    David Phelps says

    Watching Nick at work taught me a legions about being a good journalist. He never stopped caring.

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