David C. Neff of Colden, who operated several restaurants in Erie County, died Wednesday in Buffalo General Hospital of kidney cancer. He was 62.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Neff was a graduate of Alden High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo in health, physical education and recreation. Upon graduating, he taught physical education for a couple of years at Frontier High School and St. Joseph's Intercollegiate Institute.
Mr. Neff left teaching in 1969 to pursue a career as a restaurateur. His earlier businesses included the Red Lantern and Red Barn in Glenwood, Bayview Beach Club in Hamburg and Cory's in Buffalo.
Most recently, he was proprietor of the Glenwood Grill in Glenwood, the Golden Dollar/Cricket Club in Alden and Riley Street Station in East Aurora.
Mr. Neff was a licensed pilot of small aircraft, longtime golfer and self-taught gourmet cook. He enjoyed travel and reading.
Survivors include his wife, the former Consuelo "Babe" Rego; a daughter, Cory; a son, Axel; and his mother, Marian.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Westwood and Sandridge roads, Alden Center.