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Albert E. Coles, 88, who raised horses, drove a truck and worked as a school custodian, died Friday (Feb. 2, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness.

Coles, a Batavia native, drove for 25 years for Motor Express of Buffalo. From 1961 to 1978, he operated a farm in Barker where he raised Arabian horses.

In 1978, he and his wife moved to Pennsylvania, but they returned after 11 months and settled in Lockport, where Coles was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Hazel I. Simmons; a son, Roger Gerwitz of Angola; a daughter, Patricia Cox of Lockport; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Gaul Funeral Home, 263 East Ave.

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