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Oct. 13, 1918 – April 17, 2013

Robert E. Wilson of Buffalo, who formerly owned various businesses on Jefferson Avenue over a 50-year period, died Wednesday in Highpointe on Michigan long-term care facility. He was 94.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Wilson operated several successful businesses, including a record shop and delicatessen, Flame Records and Flame Delicatessen, both of which were among several African-American owned businesses on Jefferson Avenue from the 1950s until the early 1980s.

He also owned Audrey and Dell’s Record Shop on Broadway during the same period.

After he retired from his business ventures, Mr. Wilson worked for the Board of Elections for about 10 years, and he volunteered with the Child and Family Services Senior Companion program.

He swam daily at the YMCA and Burt Flickinger Athletic Center, and earned a silver medal in a local Senior Olympics event.

His wife of 31 years, the former Joy May, died in 2007.

A daughter, Michelle Braswell, survives.

A memorial service will be held at noon Monday in Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home, 995 Genesee St.