Adrian Coleman

Joseph Adrian Coleman of Saint John, NB passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday August 5 , 2022. Adrian was born 90 years ago in Glace Bay, NS, to William and Mary (Jessome). Adrian was predeceased by his parents and his loving son Derek.


He is also predeceased by sisters, Marguerite McIntyre, Carmel Evasuk, Helen Rooke, Anna Campbell, Gertrude Coleman (in infancy), Claire Peco and by brothers Dr. Bill Coleman, Gerard Coleman, Jackie Coleman (age 9), and Earl “Butch” Coleman.


Adrian is survived by his devoted wife of 69 years, Shirley Coleman, his daughters, Donna Stephen (Doug), Cheryl Darrah (Jack) and Adrienne Coleman, grandchildren, Nicholas Stephen, Cole Stephen, Amber Brown (Jon), Ashley Miller (Mark) and Alyssa Darrah and great grandson Carter Darrah. He is also survived by his sister Rose Marie Traynor and numerous nieces and nephews.


Adrian spent 43 years of his career as a successful pharmaceutical rep for Wyeth Canada. He enjoyed church immensely and was a singer for the St. Matthew’s Choir. Adrian was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved life; especially enjoying his summer weekends at his camp in Lake Utopia, spending quality time with his wife Shirley sitting in the garage, and visiting the “The Myra” during family reunions. Never shy about telling stores about his life on the road, Adrian always enjoyed telling or listening to a good joke. He was very proud of his children. We will miss him.


We would like to thank Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Love for the exemplary care and understanding they provided to our dad. We would especially like to thank all the staff at Bobby’s Hospice who truly understand about providing dignity to those in their last days.


Visitation rights for Adrian will be held at Brenan’s Funeral Home (111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB E2K 3H6) on Thursday August 11, between 12 and 1 PM. Funeral services will follow directly in Brenan’s Chapel. Services will be streamed and archived for 30 days. Go to https://brenansfh.com/ Click on Joseph Coleman and when you get to his personal website, click on Funeral Service Livestream. Donations can me made to Bobby’s Hospice or to the charity of your choice.