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Aaron's Alley owner dies

Rochester, N.Y. - A Monroe Avenue businessman well known in the local music community has died.

Aaron Plunkett died Saturday in his sleep, hours after returning from the Furthur concert at CMAC.

Plunkett, who has been referred to as the “Mayor of Monroe Avenue” was active in the merchants association, music promoting, and various community-based efforts.

Monday, a memorial outside of his store paid homage to Plunkett’s life. A sign on a window said: “Dear friends, Aaron went to Furthur & got on the bus. Now trucking with Jerry & family. Love on another.”

The sign references both Furthur, the band Plunkett had seen the night before he died, who’s cornerstone members are Bob Weir and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, as well as Jerry Garcia, an icon in the jam scene who died in 1995.

In a release Monday afternoon, The Record Archive said the following of Plunkett: “The news of Aaron's Alley owner Aaron Plunkett passing comes as a surprise to all of us. Aaron was a wonderful, kind, and influential member of the community, and with his passing there will be something truly lost within Rochester.”

Plunkett was 47.

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