William Dominic Spinelli

BREWSTER, N.Y. | William Dominic Spinelli, 84, distinguished educator and former supervisor of Putnam Valley, passed away Jan. 7, 2013, at the Putnam Ridge Nursing Home in Brewster, where he resided for the past several years. Bill, as he liked to be known, was a native of Auburn and the son of Francisco and Giovanina Spinelli, who arrived at Ellis Island from Bari, Italy, in the early 1900s. He attended Auburn city schools and in 1952, graduated from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, with a degree in English. He subsequently earned a master's degree in English from Fordham University and a master's degree in guidance from Syracuse University. Bill's lifelong career in education began in Chittenango in 1956, teaching English. He became the Director of Guidance and Psychological Services at Le Moyne College in 1960 and left that position in 1963 to join the Lakeland Central School District in Westchester County. In the course of 26 years, he served as Director of Guidance and then Assistant Principal at Lakeland High School, Assistant Principal and then Principal of Walter Panas High School, then moving to the Lakeland Central Administration in 1982, retiring in 1989. In 1993, Bill was appointed to fill an unexpired term as supervisor of Putnam Valley, N.Y., where he lived in Roaring Brook Lake. He was elected to a second term in fall 1993 and retired from that position in 1995. Bill's dedication to education and public service was superseded only by his dedication to his family. He is survived by his sons and their wives, Francis and Kathleen, of Cold Spring, William D. Jr. and Annelise, of Wappingers Falls and Joseph and Christine, of Carmel, and the mother of his sons, Jackaline Ring, of Albany; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 10, at the E.O. Curry Funeral Home. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Columbanus Church, 122 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, followed by entombment at Hillside Cemetery, Cortlandt Manor. In lieu of flowers, please send donation in Bill's memory to Putnam Valley Library, 30 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579. For online condolences or directions, please visit: www.eocurryfuneralhome.com

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