David Wells Coleman


On June 22, 2021 David Wells Coleman passed away in Olathe, Kansas. David was born on May 7, 1949 to Wells and Mabel Burns Coleman in Brighton, NY. He lived most of his life in the Victor/Rochester area until 2019 when he moved to Kansas to be closer to his family.

David was an avid hiker and member of the Victor Hiking Club and an ADK 46er, and a proud Rotarian. His proudest hike was Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. On most local hikes you would find him with his favorite dog Mountain, who are now hiking together again.

He graduated from Penfield High School and received both Bachelor and Master degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology. Over his career he worked at two firms, Hartman Engineering in Victor, NY and STI Technologies in Rochester, NY until retiring in 2015.

He was predeceased by his parents and brothers John and Christopher. David is survived by his wife of 38 years, Suzanne (Suzie), children Stephanie and Michael, stepdaughters Amy and Wendy. He also leaves three grandchildren, Matthew, Morgan and Hermione Coleman, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.


A Celebration of Life will be held at Veterans Park in Bloomfield on Wednesday, August 4th from 4:30-8:30, service beginning at 5:30 with a cookout following. Veterans Park is located at 6910 Rt. 5 & 20, Bloomfield, NY 14469.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Bloomfield Rotary, Victor Hiking Trails, ADK 46ers in David’s name.


  1. Mike Roemer on August 4, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    I worked with Dave as a young engineer at STI. Dave was always so helpful to me when I needed advice or help with tasks at work. I always appreciated Dave’s insights and knowledge of all things computer related. Rest In Peace Dave.

  2. Denny and Brenda Peel on July 30, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Dear Suzanne,

    Our deepest condolences to you and your children. Years ago, while at Gleason Works, I enjoyed working with Wells on a helicopter gear stress analysis for the US Army Aviation at Fort Eustis. Anything you could ever want to know about gear stresses; you asked Wells.

    Twenty-seven years ago, I had the pleasure of working with Dave at STI Technologies. Dave was a class engineer – just like his dad – always thinking out of the box. Dave was the programming guru who helped develop special computer software to calculate turbine blade stresses.

    Although not a hiker, I always enjoyed his hiking stories.

    Rest in peace, Dave.

  3. Thomas Stevens on July 2, 2021 at 11:28 am

    David taught me how to hike and enjoy the many trails he showed me. I was a soccer player not a hiker. Now I am a hiker. Without David I would not have been prepared to climb Kilimanjaro. We summited together. I am proud to have know him. He was always there to give a helping hand.

  4. Dave Wright on July 1, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    I always enjoyed hiking and camping with David. He always had the needed equipment and maps. I was proud to be with him when he completed his 46th summit in the Adirondacks. And he was a great asset to the Victor Hiking Trails organization, creating new trails and leading hikes.

  5. Laurie G Newell on July 1, 2021 at 10:44 am

    I am sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed hearing about David’s hiking adventures at our Rotary meetings.

  6. Ralph Brandt on July 1, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Condolences to all, David will be missed.

  7. Meg Huff on July 1, 2021 at 10:10 am

    My deepest sympathy to all. I have many fond Rotarian memories of David.

  8. Joel Steele on July 1, 2021 at 9:32 am

    David will be missed – Condolences to you and your family

    • Jill Carlier on July 3, 2021 at 7:44 pm

      I’ll miss you and Mountain. I’m glad you’ll be reunited. Make more memories, Dave, and thank you for always being kind to me. Sincerely, Jill Carlier

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