Frank Coleman
Class of 1934


©Published Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Frank Coleman

Frank Coleman passed away Saturday March 20, 2004 at the age of 88 years. He was born March 7, 1916 in St Paul Minnesota to Edward and Edith (Dewey) Coleman. Frank was the youngest of the family with one sister, Velma, and three brothers, Edward, Jerome, and Warren. The family moved west and Frank was raised in the Bay Area and graduated from Oakland High School. Frank went to work for Shell Development to help support his family. Frank married Elizabeth (Betsy) Vera Giles June 16, 1940 at St. Clements Church in Oakland. When World War II began, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. In the Navy, Frank served aboard the destroyer escort U.S.S. Greenwood. The small ship was destined for the South Pacific to escort convoys and hunt Japanese submarines. Frank was onboard for its maiden voyage, sailing from Norfolk Virginia, through the Panama Canal, and into the Pacific. The ship and Frank returned safely to San Francisco in 1945 at the end of the war. Frank and Betsy lived on Park Blvd in Oakland, then moved to Castro Valley in the early 50's with their two sons, David and Richard. Frank worked for Pacific Telephone as an installer. Frank was a member of Sons in Retirement and the Pacific Telephone Pioneers. He and Betsy were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Castro Valley for many years and more recently at Eden United Church of Christ (Congregational) in Hayward. Frank was also an active member of Masonic Lodge #551 in Castro Valley. Frank is survived by his wife Betsy, sons, David and Richard, grandsons, Aaron and Jason, and great-grandson Zachary. Memorial service and reception will be held Friday, March 26, at 10:00 a.m. at the Eden United Church of Christ in Hayward.