Richard Edsel Cofield, Jr.

Cofield Richard obit Book

Richard Edsel Cofield, Jr., age 57 of Avondale, AZ died March 29, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. He was born December 10, 1961 in Dayton, OH to Dorthell Talton and Richard Edsel Cofield, Sr., the only son in a family of four children. As a child he was always full of life and spirit, committed to his school work, and would always give more than was required. He was on the track and field team while at John Muir High School in Pasadena, CA running the 400 and 800 meter dash. This outstanding ability earned him a track scholarship to UC Irvine. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Richard went into banking where he worked in various executive positions including human resources and risk management. While working at Security Pacific National he met the love of his life, his wife Doreen. They were married for 30 years, were best friends and lived in a way that others aspired to follow, as they appreciated the beauty of each moment, never taking it or each other for granted.

Compassionate and full of life, Richard went out of his way to help others. Whether you were a worker in a grocery store, or someone on the street, he took the time to notice and celebrate the uniqueness of those around him. He was genuinely interested in people and had a wealth of friends. He cared for their hearts, always remembering the burdens and aspirations that they shared with him.   He looked for ways to uplift others from their trials and would find just the right words to comfort and bring peace to them in their time of need.

Richard gave many hours to his community as a coach. He influenced hundreds of youth of various ages as he coached track & field, football, basketball and Little League.   They would often recognize him in the community and stop him to express their gratitude for the many ways he helped them grow. In his free time, Richard liked to read, collect books, rocks, antiques, Afro-American and Native American artifacts, and visit estate sales.

Richard was a wonderful family man. His sons were his life and he was their rock. He set high standards for his sons and supported them in achieving those standards. As they were growing into strong young men he helped them walk them through the joys and challenges of life. Their lives and numerous achievements are a testament to his love and devotion.

Richard is survived by his wife, Doreen Cofield; sons, Rickey (Daughter in law Zari), Christopher, and David Cofield; and sister, Anita Cofield and many loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorthell and Richard Cofield Sr.; and sisters, Juanita and Saundria Cofield.

Richard’s favorite scripture:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

A visitation will be held at 12:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 pm, Friday, April 5, 2019 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

44 Comments on “Richard Edsel Cofield, Jr.

  1. Prayers and love to all the family. Pray God keeps you in his arms for peace and comfort at this time. He will be in our hearts forever. You couldn’t know him and not love him. Such a good man. Only God knows why.

  2. Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you. We love you all very much! Love Johnny and family

  3. Doreen, Ricky, Chris and David – Thwre are no words to describe the sadness we feel with the passing of our funny, thoughtful and beautiful friend – your husband and dad. Although lots of time could pass between calls and visits- we always managed to pick up right where we left off! Laughing and promising to connect live real soon It feels like a lifetime ago that we met you both – we treasure that season in our lives with you. You are all in our hearts and prayers- He will be so missed. We will see him again – Eternity is our hope and promise!
    With tight hugs and love-
    Anthony and Debbie Maples

  4. This is a beautifully written obituary for a great man. I did not know him well, but I was blessed to meet Doreen at work and make a lifelong friend. May his spirit live on in everyone.


  6. I had the pleasure of working with Richard and JPMorgan and then convinced him to join me at Union Bank. He was a wonderful man with a gentle soul. He spoke of his family so often, I felt like I knew them. He will be missed tremendously. My prayers are with you and your family during this time. He was also an Ohio State Fan! Yet another reason I loved him.

  7. I worked with Richard at USAA. He was an amazing man. His loss leaves a hole in my heart. Sending all my love to the family at this time.

  8. I knew Richard for only a short time while he was at MUFG and I enjoyed his company each time I had the opportunity to interact. He smile is so genuine and full of kindness. Reading this I absolutely agree and can imagine all that he gave to his family, friends and community. I am sending comfort to his family and friends.

  9. Doreen, our prayers are with you and your family. Though we did not have the opportunity to meet Richard, our friends (the Brooks’) spoke so highly of him and you and your family always. May God watch over you and your family during this time.

  10. Richard & I met Richard a year ago during an art exhibit. Richard was so kind to my wife and I. He loved my art and purchased several pieces. Thru our love of art we developed a wonderful relationship. Richard went out of his way to attend my art shows. I will miss my new friend. May God give his family peace during this time. He will be missed. He always made you feel welcomed. My condolences to the family & friends. -Richard & Angela Booker

  11. I knew Richard during our time together at MUFG. He was a great teammate, and an even more amazing person! He would always talk so highly of his family, and was a very compassionate man. So sorry for your family’s loss. Condolences to you all!

  12. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Richard at MUFG. I enjoyed our occasional lunches together and hallway interactions where we talked about everything under the sun….except work :-). He spoke very fondly of his family and how much he enjoyed them.

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to everyone touched by Richard’s gentle being and soul. He will be deeply missed; this world is a better place as the result of his selfless contributions.

  13. Thoughts, prayers, and a hope for peace as you remember your love for Richard.

  14. I worked with Richard at American Express and I will never forget his wonderful laugh or his love for his family. He shared wonderful stories of his sons and their sporting adventures and his love for THE Ohio State. May he rest in peace.

  15. Richard was our colleague, friend and sometimes “motivator” at American Express! I recall our discussions about his love for his family and passion for life! What a great smile! You have captured his impact on others perfectly and I am honored to have known him! He helped to stand up the Third Party journey at American Express — it was a pleasure to work with himand I will miss him! My prayers and condolences for/to the family!

  16. I am so thankful that God brought the Cofield family into my life. I was 14 when I met the Cofield twins, Richard and Saundria. Richard was truly a gift from God. His beautiful smile would brighten your day. I never knew we shared the same birthday. Kisses to heaven to the wonderful spirit that went back to God.

    Love, Vernetta

  17. My heartfelt love and prayers to the COFIELD family.

  18. Richard and I worked together at American Express. His kindness, authenticity and joy had such an impact on all those who worked with him. Condolences to his family and friends.

  19. I had the pleasure of working with Richard at USAA over the past year. A wonderful person with a sincere love for his fellow man. His laugh was infectious and anyone who knew him found it a pleasure to be in his company. He spoke often of his family and always had words of encouragement for those in a struggle or dealing with challenges. My sincere condolences to his family he will be greatly missed by us all.

  20. Knowing Richard for only a short time it was easy to see I had a lifelong friend. Doreen the Cabochon Richard made for me will be cherished for ever. My friend will be missed.

  21. I worked with Richard quite a bit over his time at USAA. His positive outlook and joy for life filled the room whenever he entered. He and I shared great memories of our times in California, and we became friends quickly. I pray that he has found peace and I send my love to his family. He was a great man who will not be forgotten.

  22. To our Colfield family we’re saddened to hear that Richard has passed. Mary and I want to express our deepest sympathy and pray that God will bless you and keep you safe.
    Eternal Love AL and Mary Williams.

  23. May peace and understanding be with Richard’s family in this time of great sadness. Richard was such a kind and gentle spirit and I know at USAA he will be missed. Rest easy Richard!

  24. I worked with Richard at American Express. He was so supportive and friendly. He always had time to give me a smile and chat with me. He was such a positive guy. Truly inspirational.

  25. I worked with Richard at USAA. I’m saddened to hear of his passing as he was a kind man with a sincere heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Cofield family.

  26. To our family we send our love and prayers. May God’s peace and comfort surround and keep you. Richard’s spirit exempflied His commitment to Christ and it showed in his demeanor. His obituary spoke on his life and his compassion for others. ❤ He is at peace.

    Robert, Leeann and Trinity Woods
    Lithonia, Ga

  27. I worked with Richard throughout his time spent at USAA. His positive outlook and love for people were admirable traits and often commended by many. I pray that the inspirational memories of Richard along with the love and support of close friends surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.

    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

  28. So sorry for your loss. Richard was a wonder person. When you lived in Dayton, Richard and his family were wonder friends to everyone at the Pillar of Truth Church. Although, he will be greatly missed, he will live on, in our hearts and memories. May God’s peace be with you.

  29. …still no words. We all have experienced loss but on occasion there is the unexpected. We all share in this with the loss of Rich!
    you are in a better place, no doubt, but we all miss you!

  30. Very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  31. All of these heartfelt comments…. beautiful and so very touching. I just love you, cousin, and always will. Thank you for making each and every one of us better for knowing you ❤

  32. So sorry for your loss. May the prayers of the Reeves/ Black touch your heart. Cynthia ReevesStewart an Ann, Pastor Jessie Reeves

  33. Doreen and family
    I worked with Richard at both Bank of America and MUFG Union Bank. I just loved him and know how much his family meant to him. The world is a sadder place for his passing.

  34. To his wife, children and family Rich was such a great person and friend. I’m so sorry for your lost. You all are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏

  35. I picked Richard up from new employee orientation during his first week at USAA. I had actually never met him before I picked him up. Me, being a native of Columbus and a graduate of Ohio State, as with most people from Ohio, was wearing Ohio State apparel (polo shirt). Richard had one of the biggest smiles and told me that he liked my shirt and that he was from Dayton. From there on, we really hit it off. Richard will be greatly missed. My condolences.

  36. I’m giving my condolences to the cofield family from Gerald Ware a classmate from Residence Park Elementary. We played on the basketball team together along with a couple other sports.May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

  37. Richard had such a wonderful spirit. I meet him through USATF track / Do Right. My deepest prayer to his wife and entire family.

  38. Richard is a wonderful man. He taught me so much in my short time working with him at USAA. My thoughts and prayers to his wife, children and grandchildren. May you find peace in his memory.

  39. To the Cofield family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Richard at Security Pacific/Bank of America and adored him. His quick smile always brightened any room he walked into. His passing is a loss to everyone who knew him. Gone way to soon. RIP Richard.

  40. I sat next to Richard in math class at Residence Park Elementary School in Dayton Ohio. He would actually help me read what was on the board from the back of the room to compensate for my nearsightedness. A good child who grew into a good man, husband, father, metor and friend; a legacy that will live on forever. RIP Richard.

  41. I am full of sorrow. In sympathy and honor of the light the Richard was and is for his family and anyone that has had the blessing of meeting him or knowing him, I am sharing his words from an MUFG email he sent me in April 2018: “It is amazing how creator is there to help us in the design of our life, and how he uses us to be there for each other. That is the beauty of life. You have a great purpose designed in your life – simple, but powerful, stay focused on him and continue to watch it blossom. Like we said, we will stay in touch – so it isn’t good-bye.”

  42. Dear Cofield family: Keeping you in my thoughts as I just learned of Richard’s passing. We briefly worked together on a project at USSAA, but he made a strong impression during those few working sessions. Did not know anything personal about Richard, but after reading through the comments on this page, my first impression of a very genuine, caring, thoughtful man appeared to be right on the money! I should have guessed that this amazing person also was a fan of THE Ohio State University (alumni and die hard Buckeye!). So sorry to hear of his passing. I am thankful to have crossed paths with him.

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