Leonard Coleman

Leonard Coleman departed this life on August 24, 2019 at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence, RI.

Leonard Coleman was born on July 11, 1954, in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was the son of the late Ozie (Hudson) Coleman and Willie Lee Coleman and the step-son of the late Evelena (Porter) Coleman.  He was married to the late Joan Bentley-Coleman.  He was the brother of the late Howard Lee Coleman, O’Neil Coleman and his companion Katherine Best-Haynes of East Providence, Rhode Island, and Christopher Coleman of Fall River, MA.   He was the step-brother of late Jesse Will Moore, Jimmy D. Porter and Norris L. Moore of Baltimore, MD, Evelyn Walker of Steens, Mississippi,  James Arnold Moore and Anna Maria Nash of Caledonia, Mississippi, Willie George Moore and Johnny M. Moore of Columbus, Mississippi, Kathy Gorham, Minister Georgetta Prowell, Lula Williamson, Timothy W. Moore and Nedra Thomas of Steens, Mississippi.  Besides his brothers and stepbrothers and stepsisters, he leaves behind to mourn two nieces Kafia A. Coleman of Riverside, Rhode Island and Kimiko S. Coleman of Richmond, Virginia, and grand-nephew Darshan Coleman McQueen of Riverside, Rhode Island, two sister-in-laws Denise McGeough and Dale Bentley Taylor, and a brother-in-law Michael Bentley Sr.

Leonard retired after serving 28 years as a correctional officer for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. He was member of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Corrections – Honor Guard. He was an active member of the Rhode Island Fraternal Order of the Police lodge 45 – corrections. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 2, West Warwick – Sergeant of Arms. He was honorable discharged after 6 six years in the Army Reserve and he was a Providence Community Protection Officer.

Leonard was an avid Yankee’s fan, enjoyed playing cards and loved old western movies. He treasured relaxing by the water and occasionally fishing. His biggest joy was sitting down with his wife Joan to share one of her delicious meals and visiting his many friends.  Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday September 7th at 10:00 a.m. at the Beneficent Congregational Church, 300 Weybosset St Providence, RI 02903.