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Oct. 16, 1944 – July 21, 2014

Jeffrey L. “Ricky” McCarley, a retired Buffalo public school physical education teacher who will be posthumously inducted into the Bennett High School Sports Hall of Fame as a three- sport star later this year, died Monday after a short illness. He was 69.

A native of Buffalo and a star on the Bennett High basketball, football and track teams, Mr. McCarley was named to the All-City basketball squad in 1962 when he graduated from Bennett.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Kentucky State College, where he was a basketball point guard playing under John McLendon, the first African-American head coach of any college squad, he taught at Buffalo’s BUILD Academy and School 53 for 33 years before retiring in 2002.

An avid golfer and member of Buffalo’s Golden Tees group, which competed in tournaments nationwide for years, Mr. McCarley gave golf lessons for years to area youth at Delaware Park each summer.

Survivors include his wife, the former Hattie Mae Loftin; two daughters, Kimberly and Kristie; a son, Kevin; six grandchildren; and a grandchild.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.