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Douglas H. Golde, 74, who formerly operated a farm, a store, and a meat-packing plant, died Sunday (Dec. 19, 1999) in Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Golde was born in North Tonawanda but moved to Wilson in 1939 and graduated from Wilson High School, where he played on the football and hockey teams.

He was the fourth generation of his family to run a meat-packing business in North Tonawanda. He also had a farm in Wilson.

Golde also worked for Niagara County and was a retired radiological officer.

Golde became a private airplane pilot at age 16. He was an avid reader and sports enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Ellen Leetch; two sons, Douglas G. of the Town of Tonawanda and Thomas J. of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; a brother, Donald of Albert Lea, Minn.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Hamilton & Clark Funeral Home, 270 Young St. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

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