William D. Alderson, 65, Massena
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:16 pm

MASSENA --  William D. Alderson, 65, lost his fight to Stage 4 pancreatic cancer late Wednesday evening, June 12, 2019 in the comfort of his own home.

Dave is survived by his wife Evelyn, of 23 years, and their children; Tiffany Marie, Nathaniel Kenneth, and their dog Aria, who loved him very much.

Mr. Dave Alderson was born on August 23, 1953 to the late Joseph Edwin and Charlotte M. (Cook) Alderson in Hornell, NY. Dave was a graduate of the Crane School of Music in Potsdam with his Masters in 1989. He was a passionate jazz musician, loyal friend, and an incredible father & husband. Dave was well known in the Massena Central School District as the J.W. Leary Junior High band director for the last 30 years. He was an active member of his community as a local jazz musician, often playing with Wally Siebel’s All-Star Big Band and the Dave Alderson Quartet in Potsdam.

Family and friends are welcome to call the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena on Saturday (June 15, 2019) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services for Dave will take place immediately following the calling hours at the Phillips Memorial Home beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Dave will be interred in Hillside Cemetery in Andover, NY where his grandparents and mother are laid to rest at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to acknowledge special thanks to those who have donated to Dave’s fundraisers and those who attended his benefit events.

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