John W. Coleman

Longtime newspaper veteran John W. Coleman, of Wellsboro, entered the Kingdom of God Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. He was 87.

For over 30 years, Coleman was editor and publisher of The Southtowns Citizen (formerly The Suburban Press) weekly newspaper and president-treasurer of Coleman Communications Corporation of Orchard Park, N.Y. During his tenure, the community weekly won more than 80 state and national awards for editorial excellence.

When he relocated to Wellsboro, he worked at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette reporting locally for the borough.

A visitation will be held Jan. 31, 2014, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, “A Life Celebration Home,” 139 Main St., Wellsboro, with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. Condolences may be left online at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Coleman’s honor to the Salvation Army, 968 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202-1197.