Obituary for Michael John Coleman

Michael John Coleman was born on April 21, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. After living 68 years filled with experiences others would dream to have, Mike passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst. He battled with pancreatic cancer the last two years of his life and is survived by his loving wife, Yaoyao Coleman; daughter Elizabeth Coleman Asciolla and husband Michael Asciolla and their daughters Milania and Giavanna Asciolla; daughter Shirley Zhao; son Tony Zhao and wife Minyang Jiang and their son Julian and daughter Nolan; and his energetic dog, Baron. He is survived by his sister Donna Momme and husband Jeff Momme, sister-in-law Carol Turgeon, and was predeceased by his brother Richard and sister Eileen.

Mike has always displayed an eagerness to learn and never shied away from hard work. After helping with his family’s metal shop business in his early years, he then went on to work at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), first starting out as an iron worker and then rising to management within the MTA. He retired in 2009 and eventually relocated to the beautiful West End with his wife Yaoyao.

Mike could be described as a car fanatic, Yankee baseball enthusiast, and golf-lover; he was an avid traveler having gone to places like Greece, France, Hong Kong, Alaska, China, and many more; listening to Jimmy Buffet, Frank Sinatra, and classical music while taking long drives; enjoyed trying new recipes and cooking for his wife and friends; cracking jokes with family; and last but not least, having a positive attitude no matter the situation.

Mike will be greatly missed by all who remember him as a loving husband, loyal friend, and who always had a helping hand to all who knew him.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Seven Lakes.

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