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Public memorial service for Jerry Coleman set for Saturday

The San Diego Padres, on behalf of the Coleman family, have announced a free public memorial service for Jerry Coleman will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Petco Park.

Coleman, a former second baseman for the New York Yankees who interrupted his pro career to fly as a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and Korea, died Sunday. He was 89.

Coleman spent more than four decades with the Padres as a broadcaster.

Petco Park gates will open at 9:30 a.m. Fans may enter through the East Village gate on 10th Ave. or the main gate on Park Boulevard.

The event will celebrate Coleman’s extraordinary life and feature special guests from throughout his lifetime.

Free parking will be provided in three locations: two surface lots along Imperial Avenue (Parcel C lot and Tailgate lot) on the southeast side of Petco Park, and the Padres Parkade garage (10th Ave at J Street).

For those who would like to make a donation in Coleman’s memory, the family suggests the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit created by a group of Marine Corps spouses nine years ago to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

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