David C. Marmon, better known as "Good Neighbor Dave" to listeners of Lockport's WLVL-AM Radio, died Tuesday night in Rosewood Heights Nursing Home, Syracuse. He was 68.
A daughter, Kristen Golden, said Mr. Marmon had suffered a major stroke on the night of April 22-23 and was left almost completely paralyzed.
She said Mr. Marmon had been suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia, and his family had moved him from his Lockport home to an assisted-living facility in the Syracuse area in the summer of 2010.
Mr. Marmon was born in Danbury, Conn., but was raised in the Central New York community of Homer, where he graduated from Homer High School. He attended Hartwick College in Oneonta but did not earn a degree.
He worked for a time at Central Market in Oneonta and in the late 1960s had a stint at
WALY Radio in Herkimer.
Mr. Marmon then joined the Fay's Drugs chain and worked successively at stores in Ithaca, Auburn and Kenmore, which was his entry to Western New York.
In 1987, he was hired for a part-time job at WLVL, where he soon became the morning host. Calling himself "Good Neighbor Dave," he was a popular fixture at the station for a decade. Besides his weekday morning show, Mr. Marmon also hosted a discount sales program called "Super Dial-a-Deal" on Saturdays.
Mr. Marmon also became involved in civic organizations, serving as president of the Kiwanis Club in Lockport for a time. He also served as a lay preacher at Plymouth United Church of Christ.
He left his full-time job at WLVL in 1997, although he cropped up on the air intermittently for several more years.
Mr. Marmon also appeared frequently as a host on Lockport Community Television and also worked for a decade at the Niagara County Historical Society, where his jobs included public relations and conducting tours.
He received numerous civic awards. "My dad really loved Lockport, and it was hard for him to relocate," his daughter said.
Mr. Marmon, who was married and divorced twice, also is survived by a son, Jeffrey, and another daughter, Heidi Kelley.
A celebration of his life is to be held in the Syracuse area, although arrangements are not yet complete.