Fundraiser honors legacy of Rensselaer County man who died before 40th birthday

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A local family had the support of hundreds of people to honor a man on what would have been his 40th birthday.

Joseph Coleman passed away October 17, 2022. He was open about his struggles with drug addiction – and died from fentanyl – his family said.

While still grieving, his family decided to honor his wishes, and throw him a big 40th birthday party.

Coleman was funny, athletic and fiercely devoted to his 4-year-old son JoJo.

He was from Wynantskill and went to Averill Park High School. He loved baseball, fishing, golfing and bowling.

Philly Bar & Lounge in Latham donated the space for the big birthday bash. Three bands and a DJ donated their time. Nearly 200 businesses contributed to a silent auction.

Hundreds of people showed up for the party, wearing Coleman’s favorite number – 26.

More than $22,000 was raised in a day. That money goes into an account for Coleman’s two sons – one who is 4 and one who is due in a few weeks.

Hear Coleman’s sister talk about how much all this support means by watching the video.