David Lee Wilday Fort PlainMr. David Lee Wilday, 71, of New Turnpike Road, died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at his home. Born on January 19, 1942 in Middleburgh, NY, he was the son of Gary M. Warner and Marion Baker Warner. He was a graduate of Canajoharie High School, class of 1960. He was a lifelong area resident spending many years on Cliff Street in Canajoharie until recently moving to New Turnpike Road. Mr. Wilday was the chief of police in the Village of Canajoharie, retiring in the early 1990s. Following his retirement, Mr. Wilday went to work at Fisher Auto Parts making deliveries. David was an Army Reservist for a short time. Mr. Wilday was a car enthusiast that enjoyed working on cars. He also enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. He was a member of the Chiefs of Police Association. He was predeceased by his sister, Rose Anna Melick. Mr. Wilday is survived by his son, Michael G. and Jean Wilday of Canajoharie, NY; daughter, Bonnie and George Demers of Delanson, NY; brother, Harold Wilday Jr. of Fort Plain, NY; six grandchildren, Nicole Douglass, Kelly Douglass, David A. Wilday, Victoria Wilday, Jeffrey Wilday, Amanda Demers; two great-grandchildren, Emma Ahrens, Brody Comitini; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 2 p.m. at The Chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, Inc., 20 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, NY with Pastor David Prahst officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Ames Cemetery. Please sign the online guestbook for Mr. David Lee Wilday at www.houghtalingandsmith.com
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Apr. 24, 2013