Mr. Robert J. "Spinner" Spaniol Jr., age 71, of Pittsfield died Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after an extended illness.
Spinner was born in Pittsfield on Oct. 9, 1947 a son of the late Robert J. Spaniol Sr. and Eleanor M. Butler Gardner. He was a 1965 graduate of Pittsfield High School, and began his career working with machinery at the Sheaffer-Eaton Mill. He spent 17 years there and then moved on the Crescent Cardboard Company for about 6 years.
Spinner loved to do two things- the first thing was to sit down and enjoy a Yankees baseball game; the second thing was to root on any other baseball team besides the Red Sox! He was an avid sportsman and would talk sports with anyone who would listen. He also had a card collection some could only dream about. Bob was proud to say the number of sports cards he owned was in the thousands; baseball, football, you name it, he had it.
Spinner often reflected back on the time he spent at Woodstock with his good friend Mike, or about the many other concerts he attended. He had a passion for music, especially J. Geils and their front man Peter Wolf. Spinner also loved to go fishing with his boys, and later with his grandsons, who were the light of his life.
Bob married the former Dorothy A. Schiffman in Pittsfield on May 15, 1972.
Besides his wife Dot, Bob will be missed by his two sons and their spouses, Robert J. Spaniol, III and Katy Briggs of and Randy M. Spaniol and Mallory Clyde, and his three grandsons, Aidan, Jamie and Noah, all of Pittsfield. He also leaves two brothers and their wives, Timothy Spaniol and Ashley of Greenfield, and Gerry Spaniol and Joanne of FL, niece Cheyanne, nephews Ryan and Michael, Dot's cousins Linda and Michael Gallagher of Belchertown and Isabelle Keneston, as well as many close friends, especially his best friend of over 50 years, Michael Pierce of CT.
SERVICES: Calling Hours will be TUESDAY, Oct. 30th from 4-7PM at the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME. Funeral Services will be Oct. 31st at 10 AM also at the Funeral Home with Rev. Christopher Fedoryshyn, Administrator of St. Mark's Church, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions in Spinner's memory be made directly to the funeral home to help defray the funeral costs.