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Sept. 4, 1932 – Aug. 6, 2013

Robert W. Thompson, of Hamburg, a greenhouse operator, died Tuesday in ElderWood Health Care at Lakewood, Hamburg, after a long illness. He was 80.

Born in Williamsville, he was a graduate of Williamsville High School and served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Mr. Thompson first worked in his father’s greenhouse in Williamsville, then in 1959 opened Wanakah Greenhouses on Sterling Road in Hamburg with his brother, Bruce. They grew geraniums for individuals, businesses and florists throughout Western New York.

The Thompsons were known for having one of the friendliest business atmospheres in the area. Customers who stopped for flowers often stayed to chat and share a beverage or two. They closed the greenhouse in 2007.

He was an active member of Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company for 53 years.

His wife of 43 years, Erla Kittle Tompson, died in 2002.

Survivors include a son, Kenny.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Wayside Presbyterian Church, 5017 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.