James Douglas Coleman 1951-2017

James (Jim) Douglas Coleman, 66, passed away peacefully Friday October 27, 2017 in Leesburg, VA.

Jim is survived by his mother, Shirley Ann Coleman of Bluefield, WV; three children, Mark Douglas Coleman of Leesburg, VA, Jennifer Dawn Coleman of Charleston, SC and James Curry Coleman of Pittsburgh, PA; and one brother, Steven Patrick Coleman of Bluefield, WV.  He also leaves behind two nephews, a niece, aunts, an uncle, cousins, friends and colleagues who played very important roles in his life.

He is preceded in death by his father, James Marvin Coleman, in 1990 and beloved sister, Ann Carol Coleman, in 1959.

Born on October 19, 1951 in Williamson, WV, Jim grew up in Charleston and Bluefield, WV, and graduated from Bluefield High School in 1969.  Jim went on to study engineering at Virginia Tech.

After college, Jim worked in the family business, Allied Refrigeration, in Bluefield where he eventually served as President.  Later in his career Jim served for several years as the Director of Marketing and Training for the Trane Corporation in Roanoke, VA before focusing his sharp intellect and skills on the Building Commissioning industry.  Along with his wife, the former Gretchen Ann Williams, Jim would start the East Coast branch of Engineering Economics, Incorporated.

As a gifted public speaker and natural born teacher who loved to share his vast knowledge, Jim spoke and taught at numerous national commissioning conferences and authored several technical industry documents.  Jim was instrumental in bringing the commissioning industry to the east coast.  He sold the first East Coast commissioning project, the first K-12 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) project, and the first Washington D.C. LEED Platinum project.

In addition to his several career accomplishments, Jim was an expert scuba diver (teaching as a Dive Master), an avid photographer and pursuer of spiritual studies. He loved traveling the world, playing the guitar, spoiling his cats, camping, hiking and communing with nature.  Jim was also active at the Great River Institute in Montvale, VA where he earned a blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu.

Jim was a very gentle soul whose compassion, generosity, sarcastic wit and amazing sense of humor touched every individual he met.  He will be sorely missed- but never forgotten.

A celebration of Jim’s life and legacy will be held this spring with details to follow.  In lieu of flowers and cards, the family requests donations in Jim’s name be sent to the American Diabetes Association or your local no-kill animal shelter.  Acknowledgments may be sent to 822 Cattail Lane NE, Leesburg, VA 20176.

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