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MARCH 5, 1931 -- APRIL 1, 2005

David E. Mercer of Buffalo, a retired General Motors Co. employee, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a brief illness. He was 74.

Mr. Mercer spent 20 years working on the assembly line at the GM Powertrain Tonawanda Engine Plant. During his final 10 years at the plant, he was assigned to a quality control team. He retired in 1992.

He was active in the Gloria J. Parks Community Center Seniors and enjoyed wood carving, specializing in song birds.

He is survived by his wife, Florence; a daughter, Vinnie of Williamsville; three sons, Mark of Cheektowaga, Gary of Italy and Carl of Scottsville; a brother, Howard of Atlanta; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be scheduled.