Music teacher, pianist Alan Coleman dies after illness

Alan Coleman, a retired Cincinnati Public School music educator and local church musician, died June 17 in Harrison after a long illness. He was 72.

His sister Vicky Coleman said he suffered from renal failure, Parkinson’s disease and other health issues.

Alan was the oldest of five siblings. He was born in Cincinnati before moving to Covington. He attended the Lincoln & William Grant Schools, a segregated elementary school and high school, before transferring to the integrated Holmes High School.

His sister Geraldine Coleman Tucker says he started taking piano when he was seven or eight, and his parents bought an old upright piano for their lessons home. Before the family moved back to Cincinnati in 1964 when Alan was 13, Alan was the pianist for the North Star Seventh Day Adventist church in Covington.

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