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May 31, 1931 - Sept. 2, 2013

Nelson Herdic, longtime owner of an antique store on Main Street in Clarence, died Monday in St. John Baptist Hospice, Buffalo. He was 82.

A Buffalo native and Clarence resident and one of 12 children, he served two years in the Army during the Korean War. He was a heavy-equipment mechanic before he started his own antique business in the 1980s.

“He was into everything really,” said Nancy Herdic, his wife. Some of his favorites included Roseville pottery with its colors and flowers, and Maxfield Parrish. Her husband liked the artist’s approach to light and shadows, and hung his collection of 30 prints on the stairway wall of their house.

He also enjoyed fishing for trout, playing golf and skiing with his wife. In the spring and fall, they had a tradition of going up to the Adirondack Mountains with friends.

“It’s just beautiful up there,” said Mrs. Herdic. “I loved that he was a sportsman.”

He was member of the Clarence Hollow Merchants Association, and for many years the couple skied with the Lederhosen Ski Club, which is how they met in about 1970.

Mrs. Herdic remembers being attracted to him for his sense of humor.

“He would pull pranks,” she said. “We had family reunions every year out in Rushford. He had a gorilla outfit, and he would come and scare the kids. It was fun.”

Survivors, besides his wife, include three daughters, Valerie Leidenfrost, Colleen Smolarek and Sandra Golonka; a son, David; and a brother, Donald.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8900 Sheridan Drive, Clarence.