MLA Rich Coleman’s mother passes away at 93

Rosa Coleman was a longtime English teacher in the Penticton school system.

Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman’s mother Rosa passed away peacefully on Wednesday. She was 93.

A longtime resident of Penticton, she had recently moved to Langley Gardens in Walnut Grove, as she required more care. Son Rich was proud that he could take her to vote in the recent provincial election, and that she was able to vote for him for the first time.

Mrs. Coleman was a long-time English teacher, first in Nelson and later in Penticton. She had lived in the same home in Penticton since 1957, and the six Coleman children, five sons and a daughter, grew up there. She also has 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband 32 years ago.

Mrs. Coleman was born in Arrowwood, a village in southern Alberta. She was raised by her father, her grandmother and other relatives, because her mother died when she was 18 months old.

In a note he wrote after her passing, son Rich wrote: “Mom demonstrated quiet love of us as children.  We knew that unquestionably she was there for us, believing in us — a true rock, cornerstone, and a foundation to go home to.  And there was always home baked beans, borscht, and ample other food ready all the time.

“Quiet and non-judgmental, she loved our spouses, our relationships, our children, and everyone that loved us.  She really loved my wife, Michele, and Michele really loved her.   We were blessed to have her this long.

“There is no good time to lose someone you love.  It is hard, it hurts, and the sense of loss is profound.  I loved my Mom.  I cherished her and always, always treasured her.  I cannot ever remember being angry at her.  I respected what she stood for — honesty, integrity, dedication and humanity.  Words cannot fully express my love.  She was special.

“She is now safely in God’s hands.  Knowing that helps to fill the vacant feeling in my heart.”

No funeral plans have been announced yet.

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