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Jan. 6, 1935 – Oct. 14, 2013

Arnold “Arnie” Cofield, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired Kenmore Middle School science teacher, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 78.

Mr. Cofield taught seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade science for 30 years, retiring in 1990.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1952 graduate of Lafayette High School and was captain of the Lafayette Violets football team that won the Harvard Cup championship on Thanksgiving Day 1951. He was named to the All High Football second team that year.

After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Quonset Point, R.I.

Returning from service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960 from Buffalo State College, where he was a member of “The Boosters of College Morale.” He received his master’s degree in science from Buffalo State in 1965 and another master’s degree in science from Union College through the National Science Foundation in 1972.

An avid golfer, he scored a hole-in-one in 1987 in Tennessee. He also was a dedicated Bills and Sabres fan and attended the thoroughbred horse races in August at Saratoga Springs for many years. A music lover, he had the privilege of going backstage at Grand Ole Opry during a broadcast performance.

He toured North America extensively by car, visiting 41 of the 50 states and five of the 10 Canadian provinces.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Michele Halicki; a daughter, Laura Nichols; a brother, Charles; and two sisters, Evelyn Walter and Dolores Fritsch.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.