William Dominic Spinelli
William Dominic Spinelli, 84, distinguished educator and former supervisor of Putnam Valley, passed away January 7th at the Putnam Ridge Nursing Home in Brewster, where he has resided for the past several years.
Bill, as he liked to be called, was a native of Auburn, NY 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 Le Moyne 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, NY, 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. 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, NY, where he lived at Roaring Brook Lake. He was elected to a second term in the fall of 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Bill’s dedication to education and public service was superseded only by his dedication to his family.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; the mother of his sons, Jackaline Ring of Albany; eleven 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. on Wednesday and Thursday, January 9th and 10th at the E.O. Curry Funeral Home, 313 N. James St., Peekskill. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, January 11th, 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.