Salvatore J. “Sam” Spinella, 92, formerly of Lawrence, Mass., passed away unexpectedly,
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at his home in Acton, Maine.
Born and educated in Shawsheen Village, Andover, Massachusetts, he was the son of Francesco and Lucia (Romano) Spinella. Sam served his country during World War II, entering the Army in September of 1944. During his tour of duty, he fought in France and Germany. He was a Purple Heart recipient after being wounded in Luxemburg in February of 1945. He was honorably discharged in July, 1946 from Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Upon returning home he began work in Lowell for the Merrimack Manufacturing Company where he met the love of his life, Pat. After the mill closed, he worked for Raytheon in Andover where he was employed as a draftsman. He was employed by the United States Postal Service in 1965 and retired after twenty-four years of service.
Sam will be remembered for his love of woodworking and his largest endeavor, building his summer/retirement home in Maine which he began in 1969. Sam was an avid reader, loved history, enjoyed puzzles, playing checkers, cribbage, and chess. He was a fan of the practical joke which was always followed by a winning smirk. He was dedicated to his family and always delighted by his talented grandchildren.
He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of sixty-six years, Patricia E. (Silk) Spinella;
and his loving children, Frank and his wife, Anne Marie Spinella, Karen and her husband, Philip Boshar, and Lori and her husband, Lyford Beverage, Jr. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, James, Andrew, and Lauren Spinella, Matthew and Brian Boshar, and Sgt. Lyford, Elisabeth, Samuel, and Benjamin Beverage; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Expressions of sympathy can be made in Sam’s memory to woundedwarriorproject.org.
At the family’s request, arrangements will be private.