Colonie-On May 22, 2004, Fred C. Spagnola, age 66, died suddenly on the baseball field, doing what he loved best.
Fred was born in Auburn, NY, to the late Angela Almerto and the late Alfred Spagnola. He was educated at West High School, where he excelled at all sports, earning varsity letters. After graduation, Fred chose to serve his country in the US Navy, honorably discharged after 4 years. He then earned a college degree in business from SUNY Albany. Through hard work and determination, Fred became a successful salesman for Rueben H. Donnelley in Albany, rising from Account Executive to Account Manager. He retired with many honors in 1994, but continued to work in the field. At time of his passing, he was employed by the National Yellow Pages.
Fred was successful at everything he did in life! He was a past member and president of the Albany Lionsí Club, and a member of the West Albany Italian Benevolent Society. He was a fantastic ballplayer, and an integral part of the Old Timersí Softball League of Clifton Park, where he spent every Saturday morning, including the morning of his death. An avid sports fan, he astounded everyone with his endless knowledge of sports trivia. He especially loved going to NY Yankee games and the Saratoga Racetrack. Many a weekend was spent analyzing the defensive strategies of both the NY Giants and NY Knicks, and arguing with his son and others about them.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Tina Zobie-Spagnola; his children, Jay and his wife, Dr. Caroline Spagnola, of Los Angeles; his daughter, Maria Spagnola, and her fianc√©, Erik Geizer, of Saratoga Springs; his brother, Anthony, and sister and brother-in-law Carol and Dale Gamba, of Auburn, NY; his mother- and father- in- law, Connie and Richard Zobie, of Rensselaer; sister- and brother-in-law Patty and Angelo Cafaro, of Loudonville; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and beloved friends. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marie, in 1987.
Beloved Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Nephew, Cousin, Colleague, Teammate, FriendÖ the roles he held in all our lives were many. He lived life to the fullest, and set an example that we should strive to follow, in order to best honor his memory.
Funeral will be from the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home 1700 Washington Avenue Rensselaer Thursday morning at 9:30 and 10:30 at St. Johnís Church Herrick Street Rensselaer where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery East Greenbush. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association 3 Winners Circle Albany, NY 12205.
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