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David A. Arida, co-owner of tree farm Jan. 15, 1955 -- Sept. 16, 2005

A Mass of Christian Burial for David A. Arida, entrepreneur and co-owner of Arida Tree Farms, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

Mr. Arida, of the Town of Tonawanda, died unexpectedly Friday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga. He was 50.

He was born in the Town of Tonawanda and lived in the area all his life, graduating from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1973.

Co-owner of Arida Tree Farms, he sold Christmas trees on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda for 20 years beneath the watchful eyes of a giant statue of Paul Bunyan. He also began a tradition of donating Christmas trees to the poor each year.

Mr. Arida enjoyed auctions and bargain-hunting throughout the Northeast. He was well-known among the antiques crowd for his stand at the Super Flea on Walden Avenue and his lively sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, the former Judith Geblein; two sons, David and Joseph, both of the Town of Tonawanda; and six brothers, Thomas and Paul, both of Grand Island, Raymond of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Edward, Robert and John, all of North Tonawanda.

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