William Coleman White

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Coleman White, 75, a longtime resident of Port Townsend, died October 10th from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife, Sally Davis, his son Caton White, (Stacey), and twin grandbabies, Olivia and Liam. Coleman, son of now deceased Martha Coleman White of Panama City, Florida, is also survived by his brother Jerry White, (Mary Catherine), sisters Ellen Pearson and Louise White, (Jeff Holland), and their children and grandchildren.

Born in New York City, Coleman graduated from Bay County High School, Panama City Florida, in 1962; attended Florida Presbyterian College, now Eckerd College, and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Theatre Arts in 1967. He went on to study and perform at Tulane University in New Orleans. Theatre was Coleman’s life-long passion and he spent many years throughout his life acting in and directing plays, musicals and a variety of performances in New York City, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, New Orleans and numerous other locations. After moving to Port Townsend, he directed five Port Townsend High School musical productions as well as several musicals and drama productions at the local community theatre, Key City Public Theatre.

Culinary art was another of Coleman’s talents. He and a partner created and operated the successful Santa Cruz, California restaurant Seychelles in the 1970’s. Later, he and his wife Sally, built and operated Boreas Bed and Breakfast in Long Beach, Washington for eight years prior to moving to Port Townsend.

Coleman was an enthusiastic world traveler, living in and visiting many European and Mid-East countries, Mexico and Central America. He wrote several books of his adventures, including a humorous book about his many jobs and one about his beloved dog, Gordo.

He was an incredibly diverse, talented and funny man. He left behind many friends and loved ones who will miss him.

The family welcomes on-line condolences, and gifts made in his name to the Port Townsend Marine Science Center would be appreciated. His greatest joy as his health declined was spending time by the water and watching the birds and wildlife outside his home. https://www.kosecfh.com

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