Leroy Cofield, 70

Equipment operator

March 17, 2007

Leroy R. Cofield, a retired heavy equipment operator and longtime West Baltimore resident, died March 9 of pancreatitis at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 70.

Mr. Cofield was born and raised in Edgecombe County, Va., and later moved to East Baltimore. He served in the Air Force as a mechanic from 1955 to 1957.

He spent the last 12 years of his career with the city Bureau of Water and Waste Water. He retired in 1998.

Mr. Cofield enjoyed working on old automobiles and traveling.

He was a member of Simmons Memorial Baptist Church, where services were held Thursday.

Surviving are his wife of 18 years, the former Shirley Stokes; a son, Michael Cofield; a daughter, Sonia Suber; a brother, Spencer Cofield; a sister, Indiana Turner; and six grandchildren. All are of Baltimore. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

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