David W. Erickson, a flower shop owner, died Sunday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda. His death came on his 68th birthday.
Mr. Erickson, nicknamed "Whitey," was born in Jamestown, and moved to Buffalo's West Side in his teens. He graduated from Lafayette High School.
He served in the Navy as an electronics petty officer from 1955 to 1960.
Mr. Erickson operated Peek-A-Boo Florist with his wife on Grant Street for 27 years before selling the shop in 2004. He also spent 25 years as an employee of National Fuel in a number of positions, retiring in 1996.
He was a member of Ascension Catholic Church, North Tonawanda. He also was a member of the Westside Business and Taxpayers Association, and was a cubmaster with Pack 406, Boy Scouts of America.
His wife, the former Patricia Dawson, died in 2004.
Surviving are two sons, Alan R. Thompson and Michael J., both of North Tonawanda; a sister, Donna Frasier of Eden; and two grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Ascension Church, 168 Robinson St., North Tonawanda. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.