Services for Ralph S. "Arch" Archibald, a retired Buffalo police officer, were held today in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, Kenmore. Burial was in White Chapel Cemetery, Amherst.
Mr. Archibald of the Town of Tonawanda died Sunday in Buffalo General Hospital after a lengthy lung illness. He was 73.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from South Park High School in 1950 and worked at Republic Steel for several years before joining the police department. He was a traffic patrolman from 1957 to 1976, and then a member of the arson squad until he retired in 1986. While with the police force, he attended Buffalo State College, graduating with a degree in criminal justice in 1973.
"He thrived in the collegial environment of the police department and truly enjoyed community policing," said a daughter, Leah of Brooklyn.
Mr. Archibald held several sideline jobs to make ends meet, including claims adjuster and immigration inspector.
In his youth, he spent many summers with relatives in Nova Scotia, and vacationed there as an adult until this year. He and his wife, the former Charlaine Freedman, were hockey fans who held Buffalo Bisons and Sabres season tickets for more than 40 years.
Mr. Archibald was active in St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Williamsville as an usher and member of the building and grounds committee. He was a past regional chairman of the International Police Association and a member of Sheridan Drive Lions Club.
Survivors in addition to his wife and daughter include another daughter, Amy Lepertine of the Town of Tonawanda; and five grandchildren.