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David S. Tiftickjian, president of Oriental rug business

Feb. 15, 1926 – Oct. 1, 2016

David S. Tiftickjian, president of David Tiftickjian & Sons Oriental Rugs, died Oct. 1 in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 90.

Mr. Tiftickjian was born in Buffalo and graduated from Bennett High School in 1943. He later went on to earn a master’s degree in history from Buffalo State College.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Tiftickjian served in the Army’s 112th Regiment as a field medic in the Philippines.

After the war, Mr. Tiftickjian joined the family business, D.S. Tiftickjian Imports, selling Oriental rugs and furniture. When his father died, he took over as president of the company, expanded it to include carpeting and flooring, and brought his sons aboard to learn the business.

The company grew to two locations, in Buffalo and Williamsville. Even in retirement, Mr. Tiftickjian could be found in a suit and tie helping out at the Delaware Avenue store and was last there a week before he died.

A big part of his life was spending summers at the family’s cottage in Silver Bay, Ont. He and his wife, Betsy, also enjoyed travel, including trips to Mexico, Europe, Africa and South America.

Mr. Tiftickjian was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and Ismailia Shriners International.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Cherry Hill Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Elizabeth Prescott; a daughter, Elizabeth Rott; three sons, David D., Richard B. and Christian K.; a sister, Kathleen Johnston; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 22 in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.

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