17567 Mon, 12/28/2009 - 12:36pm
NEW YORK -- Ken Coleman, a long-time member of the housewares industry, passed away on Dec. 24 following a long illness. He was 86.
During the course of his career, Coleman worked on both the retail and vendor sides of the business, starting off at Neisner's Brothers, before joining Mirro. His last position in the business was as a sales representative in the New York area where he worked with many retailers, including Lechters and Caldor.
Coleman was also a decorated soldier during World War II, receiving three Purple Hearts and 14 battle ribbons.
"During his working career and throughout his life, he touched many with his caring way and ability to tell a great story," said Jeff Roland, a New York rep who provided the information on Coleman's passing. "He worked with and mentored many during his career. He infused wisdom and history into the industry he loved and followed until his final days."
Coleman is survived by his wife of 63 years, Judy, two children and two grandchildren.