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Orlando 'Eric' Anderson, victim of wrong-way crash ; Oct. 6, 1973 -- Jan. 22, 2011

Orlando "Eric" Anderson, a rental agent and father of three, died Saturday in a collision with a pickup going the wrong way on the Kensington Expressway. Mr. Anderson's cousin from Cleveland, Thomas Johnson, also died in the crash.

Mr. Anderson was 37.

Mr. Anderson, who was better known as Eric to his family and friends, was born in Buffalo. He attended School 89 and Canisius High School and graduated from Turner Carroll High School. He later relocated to Rochester and attended Rochester Institute of Technology, where he majored in engineering.

Mr. Anderson went on to work at Xerox in Rochester, where he was employed for 15 years. He relocated to Buffalo to be with his mother and brother. He last worked as a rental agent for Towne Gardens LLC in Buffalo.

Loved ones remembered Mr. Anderson for his happy-go-lucky personality and how he made sure to spend all of his spare time with his children. He was an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

He enjoyed keeping up with current events and watching ESPN, the History Channel and CNN. He was especially interested in the health care plan signed into law by President Obama.

Mr. Anderson is survived by a son, Onajae; two daughters, Oniya and August; his mother, Christine; his father, Bobby; and two brothers, Darnell and Corey.

A service will be at noon Saturday in Friendship Baptist Church, 402 Clinton St., where he was baptized in 1996.

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