Resolution J141-2013

Paying tribute to the life and career of Roger F. Coleman, Publisher of Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 11, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION paying tribute to the life and career of Roger F.
Coleman, Publisher of Hudson-Catskill Newspapers, and expressing sincer-
est sorrow upon the occasion of his death

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  practice  of this Legislative Body to acknowledge
those certain individuals whose life work and civic endeavors testify to
extraordinary commitment to their community and to their profession; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  it  is  the sense of this Legislative Body to pay
tribute to the life  and  career  of  Roger  F.  Coleman,  Publisher  of
Hudson-Catskill  Newspapers  and  Chairman of the Board of New York News
Publishers Association, who died on Monday, December 31,  2012,  at  the
age of 61; and
  WHEREAS,   In   2004,   Roger  F.  Coleman  became  publisher  of  the
REGISTER-STAR in Hudson, and THE DAILY  MAIL  in  Catskill,  which  also
includes  the  weekly  publications THE MOUNTAIN EAGLE, WINDHAM JOURNAL,
CHATHAM COURIER, RAVENA NEWS-HERALD and GREENE COUNTY NEWS; and
  WHEREAS, After graduating from Southern Illinois University, Roger  F.
Coleman  started  in  the newspaper business as a motor route driver for
the local newspaper, THE NEWS TRIBUNE, in LaSalle, Illinois; and
  WHEREAS, From motor route driver, Roger F.  Coleman  was  promoted  to
district  circulation  manager,  then moved to retail ad sales; he spent
some time doing ad sales at the TRIBUNE-TIMES, in Tampa, Florida, before
being hired by the KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE of  St.  Charles,  Illinois,  a
suburb of Chicago; and
  WHEREAS,  While working at the KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE, Roger F. Coleman
moved from advertising/sales manager, to ad director, to general  manag-
er,  to  associate  publisher,  to  publisher  of  four weekly community
papers, which eventually  consolidated  into  one  daily;  he  had  also
published  newspapers in both Ashland, Kentucky, and suburban Milwaukee;
and
  WHEREAS, At the time of his death, Roger F. Coleman was  the  Chairman
of  the  New York News Publishers Association Board of Directors; he was
also the past president of the New York Press Association, and a  member
of  the  Board  of the New York Press Service and New York Press Founda-
tion; and
  WHEREAS, With a huge passion for  the  newspaper  business,  Roger  F.
Coleman  understood  what newspapers were all about and how important it
was for a newspaper to reflect its community; and
  WHEREAS, Roger F. Coleman also had a love for  both  storytelling  and
public speaking; known to many as one of the best, he was often asked to
emcee events happening within his community; and
  WHEREAS,  An  honorable  businessman, Roger F. Coleman stood out above
the rest; his professionalism, his overall character, and  the  profound
knowledge  he had as a skilled newspaper publisher could not be matched;
and
  WHEREAS, A dedicated member of his community, Roger F. Coleman  served
as  a  volunteer  in  many capacities and on numerous boards; he was the
vice president of the Hudson Rotary; he was also a member of the  Colum-
bia County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Columbia Coun-
ty Association in the City of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  In addition, he was a member of the Community Advisory Board
of the Salvation Army; he not only helped in making decisions  regarding
the  organization's  chart  finances  and building issues, but he volun-
teered his time as a bellringer; moreover, during the holidays, Roger F.
Coleman always made sure people got their meals and presents; and

  WHEREAS, Gracious, generous and  highly  supportive  of  literacy  for
youngsters,  Roger  F.  Coleman  was also a strong sponsor of the Hudson
Children's Book Festival; he was a fan of  anything  promoting  authors,
writing and reading; and
  WHEREAS,  Roger  F. Coleman is survived by his wife, Christie Coleman;
two daughters,  Courtney  Coleman  and  Ashley  Kilgore;  a  son-in-law,
Daniel; a grandson, Colton; and a granddaughter, Collins; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Roger F. Coleman leaves behind  a  legacy  which  will  long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to pay
tribute  to  the  life  and  career  of  Roger  F. Coleman, Publisher of
Hudson-Catskill Newspapers, and to express  sincerest  sorrow  upon  the
occasion of his death; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Roger F. Coleman.

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