David D. Emerling

David D. Emerling, 77, of 148 Whitehill Ave., Jamestown, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 6, 2013), at his residence.

He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sept. 8, 1935, the son of Gilbert B. and Jane G. Gentner Emerling.

Dave was employed in the grocery business for 45 years, 13 of those years as the owner/operator of the Bells Supermarkets. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served from 1958 to 1960. He was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church and served as an eucharistic minister and served as an acolyte for funeral masses. Dave belonged to the Celtics Catholic Men’s Club, the Rod & Gun Club and was a volunteer for RSVP.

Dave was an avid hunter and wood carver. He enjoyed golf and played in the senior league at South Hills Country Club. He and Marge wintered in Florida each year.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret “Marge” Williams Emerling, whom he married Sept. 15, 1956, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; a son, David G. (Sylvia) Emerling, Jamestown; a daughter, Sharon M. Emerling, Germany; three grandchildren: Andreau “Drew” Emerling, Alexandrea “Alex” Emerling, Jamestown and Adam “AJ” (Danielle) Emerling, Newark, Del.; four brothers: George G. (Jackie) Emerling, Hamburg, N.Y., Richard R. “Rich” (Judee) and James J. “Jim” (Maureen) Emerling, Orchard Park, N.Y., and John J. (Bob) Emerling, Buffalo, N.Y..

He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret “Mimi” Herron, who died on Feb. 10, 2010.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in St. James Catholic Church. The Rev. Darrell G. Duffy, pastor, will be the celebrant.

Inurnment will be in Holy Sepulchre Mausoleum.

Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Hubert Funeral Home And Cremation Service, where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 8:30 p.m..

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750; or to VA Chautauqua County, 608 W. Third St., Jamestown, NY 14701.

You may send a condolence to the family by visiting www.hubertfuneralhome.com.