Monday, April 1, 2024

Darren Fleeger, 60

Wellsville, NY – Darren Fleeger, 60, life-long resident of Wellsville, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at Highland on Michigan Ave of Buffalo following a battle with cancer. He was born on December 31, 1963, in San Francisco, CA the son of the late Ann Fleeger

Darren was a 1982 graduate of Wellsville High School; and he received his B.A. with a major in History from the University at Albany in 1985.

Darren was well known for owning and loving cats, and it was a favorite topic of his social media posts. In addition, Darren was an enthusiastic fan of the New York Yankees and enjoyed movies and reading and collecting books. Darren was a history buff regarding Wellsville and the surrounding communities in Allegany County and his further interests included science fiction, space exploitation, and trains.

Darren was an advocate for those afflicted with mental health issues and in recognition of his many contributions, Darren was inducted into the Allegany County Mental Health Hall of Fame in 2023. Darren was an active member of the Bahai faith community and followed its teachings and precepts.

Darren is survived by his sister Adina Fleeger of Orlando, Florida and his niece and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday April 2, 2024, from 11am to 12 noon at the JW Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, WellsvilleIn lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the David A. Howe Public Library or to the Allegany County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. He was an amazing man he always helped any one he could.
    He was a beautiful soul, awesome mentor and an amazing friend he will be greatly missed.

  2. Sorry to hear of your loss

  3. He will definitely be missed. He was very smart and caring.

  4. Lamar

    I just heard of Darren's passing today. It is a sudden and unexpected shock and makes me cry. I first got to know Darren when we both attended the P. R. O. S. program in Wellsville. As you've said, he loved cats and was extremely intelligent. He was a gentle, caring person which was evident in the fact that he kept in touch with me after I left the program. I loved Darren and tried to talk to him about Jesus from time to time, though I feel I failed him because of preoccupation with my own mental health struggles. I remember the day he called and said he was being honored by the Mental Health Association. I was very happy for him. Please accept my condolences. I will miss him greatly. Jesus loves you and wants a relationship with you. He is the only way to God. If you do not know Him or are uncertain, please get a Bible and get to know Him. You can do so by asking Him to forgive your sins and come into your life today. If you will, He has promised to give you eternal life and to be your Forgiver and Leader from this day forward. Please do not put this off.