Massena- William D. (Billy) Spagnolo, 68, of Marie Street, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, VT surrounded by his loved ones. Calling hours will be held at Phillips Memorial Home, Massena on Friday January 10, 2014 from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Saturday January 11, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Marys Church with Rev. Jack Downs presiding. Internment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in the spring.
Billy would be honored best if you show respect by attending Spagnolo-style, wearing flannel and jeans. In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage making a donation to Fletcher Allen Health Care Medical Center in Burlington, VT or the charity of ones choice.
Billy was born October 2, 1945 in Massena. He graduated from Massena High School then went to work at ALCOA in the foundry, then extrusion, and ended his career in continuous caster as a supervisor. He was a third generation at ALCOA. Bill had many hobbies, none of which he approached as an amateur. He had an incredible interest and focus to delve very deeply and gain as much knowledge as possible: Never to outdo anyone but himself. He was an outdoorsman and environmentalist: From trapping and hunting to fishing and every facet thereof. Billy kept journals of species of trout populations and conditions in ponds in the Adirondack Mts. He participated in the DEC stocking program of the fish hatchery. He was also a master carpenter and had found a niche in making remarkable fishing nets. He loved the challenge of piecing together many different types of wood to form a handle that became a work of art. Many others knew Billy as a photographer. He had an eye for detail, loved cameras and talking photography. Some his wildlife and nature photos were published in the ALCOA newsletter. His latest and greatly appreciated hobby was as a master chef. Of course his love for Amy, Billy, family, and Yorkie, Rocko was his very favorite life hobby of all. Billy was predeceased by his parents, Dominick and Jean (Alguire) Spagnolo, and his first wife, Barbara Rainville, who passed away in November 1999. Billy is survived by his wife, Julie Orosz-Spagnolo, of 12 years; a daughter, Amy Spagnolo-Munoz and son-in-law, Peter Munoz of Penfield, NY; a son, William Jr, and his significant other, Monica Green, of New Jersey. Billy is also survived by his brother Frank Spagnolo of Corning, NY and his wife and her children, Marge, Ian and Noreen; other loving family members: his mother-in-law, Martha Orosz, (the outlaws) Marie Kirwan, Linda & Phil Power of Wilson NY, Susan & James Parisian, Peggy & Richard Hewitt of TO, Kip & Lisa Orosz; nieces and nephews; Lisa Romeo, Ryan Kirwan, Jordi Parisian, Keely Parisian, Klint Kirwan, Lauren & Blake Orosz.
Al, Butch, Mike, and Jimmy, the usual morning coffee click, may be found wandering the Marie Street area in search of the missing coffee grail. Memories and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.phillipsmemorial.com