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William Spanier

William J. "Bill" Spanier Jr.

Sunday, November 23rd, 1930 - Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
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William J. Spanier Jr. “Bill”, of Warrington PA, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was 89.

William was the loving and caring husband of Dolores M. Spanier “Dolly”. The couple would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on March 8, 2021.

Born November 23rd, 1930 in Philadelphia, Bill was the only child of the late Catherine (née Hennessey) and William J. Spanier, Sr. of Philadelphia.

William proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954. Bill enjoyed being an active member of the Marine Corps band where he played the saxophone in marching service and at dance band venues.

Bill was employed as an electronics manufacturer with Honeywell in Fort Washington, PA for 32 years prior to his retirement in 1992.

In his free time, Bill enjoyed travel and dining in many destinations with his children, attending the extra-curricular activities in which his grandchildren and great grandchildren participate, was a dedicated fan of the Phillies, Eagles and Nittany Lions, nurtured a life-long love for his saxophone and clarinet, and lovingly tended to the potted flower garden he shared with Dolly.

In addition to his wife, Dolores, Bill will be dearly missed by his 7 children; William J. Spanier, III and spouse Kathleen, Kathleen Hayes, Gary Spanier and partner Martín, Glenn Spanier and spouse Michael, Lorraine Spanier and partner Pamela, Barbara McLaughlin and spouse Richard, and John Spanier, in addition to six grandchildren; Jennifer, Jaimee, Brian, Richard John, Molly, and Elizabeth, and six great grandchildren; Andrew, Caitlin, William, Alex, Emilee, and Griffin.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a son, James Spanier, and his beloved son-in-law, spouse to Kathleen, Joseph Hayes.

Bill’s interment service will be held privately at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to Abramson Center Hospice, Attn: Adam Layfield, 1425 Horsham Rd. #2, North Wales, PA 19454
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    Washington Crossing National Cemetery
    830 Highland Road
    NEWTOWN, PA 18940
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    Interment will be private at the convenience of the family at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.


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emilee french

Posted at 04:21pm
I loved spending time with Grandpop. It was always fun going down to see him and grandma at their pool. I cherished every moment with him. I really wish i could spend more time with him. But i’m happy knowing that he isn’t in pain anymore and that he is now in a better place. l will forever be greatful to have had him in my life. i love and miss you tons grandpop❤️

Anne Koelle Dunlap

Posted at 05:49pm
Gary and Glenn, so very sorry to hear about your father. Thinking of you two and wishing you both and your family peace. God speed

Teresa L Mazurek

Posted at 01:26pm
Bill, sorry to hear about your father. My condolences to you and your family.

Anne Basile

Posted at 10:17am
My deepest sympathies go out to the entire Spanier family. I have the best & happy memories of being with Bill on several occasions in Florida and at Glenn & Michael's wedding in October 2017. Prayers & masses will be said along with candles being lit. May you all find peace & comfort knowing what a wonderful & loving person he was to all. Anne Basile

Dawnanne Chase

Posted at 05:08pm
I only knew Bill for a brief time and we had some nice conversations. He was a bit Cross when I first met him and I used to tease him about it and I broke down the walls with him. He was very loved by his children and his wife and I am so sad to hear of his passing but know that he is always with all of you💚

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