Spinelli, Ross F.

August 11th, 2009

Ross F. Spinelli, age 69, of Wilmington, died August 11, 2009 at the Boston Medical Center after a brief illness.

Ross was born in Punxsutawney, PA on July 9, 1940, and attended high school there. Ross excelled at baseball, the sport he loved most. He played baseball and basketball all four years in high school and was coached by the late Chuck Daly.

Ross joined the US Navy in 1959, served until 1965, and was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. Ross met his wife, Joanne, while stationed in Boston in 1961. The couple resided in Everett and Malden prior to settling in their new home in Wilmington in 1969. Ross coached Wilmington Little League baseball and basketball teams and drove the senior’s van for a short time.

Ross enjoyed holidays, watching sports, reading, working, being outdoors and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved baseball and football, was an avid Pirates and Steelers fan and became an adopted New England sports fan. He enjoyed watching his grandsons play baseball. Ross cherished people, maintaining friendships with former co-workers and with people around the world. Ross was a devoted family man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Ross was the beloved husband of Joanne (Enos) Spinelli, devoted father of Ross F. Spinelli, Jr. & his wife Maria and Mark A. Spinelli & his wife Jennifer all of New Hampshire, cherished grandfather of Anthony, Nicolas, Domenic, Gianna, and Novena, dear son of the late Frank & Beulah (Salsgiver) Spinelli, loving brother of John Spinelli of Ohio and Rose Zarecky of Virginia.

Family & Friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Monday, August 17th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, August 16th from 4-8 p.m.

Donations in Ross’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


35 Entries in Guest Book for “Spinelli, Ross F.”

  1. Anitra Spinelli says:

    I love you Uncle Ross, we will miss you dearly. Were all so blessed to have an angel watching over us now. May God bless our entire family at this time especially Aunt Joanne, Ross and Mark, I love you all.

  2. Pat and Jay Mirarchi says:

    Pepe was “A Diamond in the Rough” and we will miss him.

  3. Michele Woodland Borovich says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss for you and your family.
    My prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  4. Bruce Hood says:

    Dear Friend,
    God made only one of you, and now there is a void in every life you have touched.
    Stand proudly at the gate, and await your friends.
    I love you

  5. Cynthia Livingston says:

    It was a great pleasure to work with Ross. He worked hard and always had a great attitude. We all loved him. He was a real hero. Thanks be to God for Ross’s service to America. My thoughts and prayers go with Ross’s family. I am sorry for your loss.

  6. Angie FauntLeRoy says:

    To the family of Ross:

    I had the great pleasure of working with Ross on an Oracle project. I must say he left a lasting impression on me. He was larger than life. He was a true hero…and a really fun guy who enjoyed all aspects of life. I’m still in awe of his fun loving, positive, never-give up attitude. I was particularly impressed by his positive approach to challenges. He will be missed.

  7. Andrea Spinelli Osbourn says:

    Dear Ross,
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great person. I always loved how no one could quite figure if we were in fact related or not.
    May you all find comfort in knowing that may prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Andrea Spinelli Osbourn

  8. Earletta Fryer says:

    To the family,
    May God grant you peace and comfort at this time, giving you strength every day.
    I have just visited the grave of Francis’ parents this summer, Frank and Beulah were good friends of my parents and I went to Punxsy high with Francis.
    You have our deepest sympathy,
    Earletta (Sandstrom) & Bill Fryer

  9. Joedy and Eileen Gregoire says:

    Ross, Maria and Family,
    We are sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to you.

    Joedy,Eileen and Family

  10. Lehman Family says:

    Mr. Spinelli will be missed greatly. I will miss all the stories that he used to share with me whenever I saw him. He ALWAYS had a story that related to something that came up in a conversation. He was a man who without effort, commanded respect. He did an exceptional job raising his boys, as Mark is one of my closest friends. My sincere sympathies and prayers go out to the Spinelli family.

    Bryan, Maria, Sabrina, & Joey Lehman

  11. Dan Busack and Wife Cookie says:

    I believe I’m one of those cherished people from around the world (specifically from Shadyside, OH, in the Upper Ohio Valley) mentioned in Ross’s obituary, and certainly honored to be in that group.

    Ross was also my cherished friend and former co-worker. We have stayed in touch for over 10 years and even managed to arrange meeting once in Boston and once in Pittsburgh during that time. He was “a good buddy” and will be missed but also remembered. I cherish my family and grandchildren even more because of Ross!!

    We are saddened that God took him but at the same time inspired that he has fulfilled his mission.

    We extend our heart-felt condolences to his family.

    “Love ya buddy!” Dan & Cookie Busack

  12. Ron Morman says:

    Ross was my best friend and my hero. I respected and thanked him many times for his military service and his sacrifice. He loved work and I loved working with him. When I became ill he was the one who called every day, for months, to encourage me. I am so sorry I wasn’t aware of his latest surgery or I would have been there.

    Ross is among all the heroes now but I know the family will miss him. Our prayers are with you and with him. Be at peace Ross.
    Ron Morman

  13. Mike and Karen Trefry says:

    Ross and Maria,
    There are no words for times like these.
    You are in our prayers.
    Mike and Karen

  14. David & Wilma Fraser says:

    Wilma & I are deeply sorry to hear of the elevation of Mr. Spinelli from this earth to heaven. We always remember how he felt that Kevin was equally his son as Ross particularly when Kevin & Ross hung out at your home. What a joyous and loving person Mr. Spinelli was and the love he shared with everyone. May God grant the family peace and comfort at this time, knowing that sorrow is just for a night and joy comes tomorrow. We express our deepest sympathy and join other in prayer for you and your family. Wilma & David Fraser, Wilmington, MA

  15. Hughes Family says:

    Ross, Maria, Anthony, Nicholas and Domenic,

    We are very sorry for you loss. You and your family are in our thoughts. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know, Christine and Matt.

  16. Pat Foubert says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Your family are in my prayers.
    Ross was a wonderful neighbor and friend.

    Pat Foubert
    Hudson Florida

  17. Kevin & Kelley O'Connell says:

    Ross, Maria & Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We had just recently had the pleasure of meeting Ross during T-ball season and really enjoyed talking with him. We are certain he was a truly cherished man and will be greatly missed by your family, friends and all those who had the pleasure knowing and/or meeting him. It is an unusual occurance to have met an person who made such an impression and Ross, your Dad definately had this ability. It was obvious that he was a very special individual. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    God bless & much love,

    The O’Connell’s
    Kelley, Kevin, Lily & Kevi

  18. Michelle (Foubert) French says:

    I am sorry to hear of Mr. Spinelli’s passing. I still have very fond memories of him. My prayers go out to Mrs. Spinelli, Ross & Mark & their families.
    God Bless!

  19. Henry says:

    My prayers and thoughts go out to Mrs. Spinelli and family. I will miss him dearly. He was one of kind and I certainly learned a lot about the family and how proud he was of each and everyone of you. He was a great man and a very good friend.


  20. The Menns/Baker Family says:

    Our hearts go out to you, and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort and strength, in sharing fond memories of him with family and friends. No doubt he will peacefully guide your boys from above, and continue to watch over them, on and off the field.

    Lauren, Bob, & Alex

  21. Brian McGuire says:

    I am not family but rather I am one of Ross’s last clients in Vancouver, Canada. I will sorely miss Ross’s booming voice and heartwarming personality. He was a joy to behold – with his comments and his genuine affection. He will be missed by myself and the team he helped train as he became a part of our lives.

  22. Mark Walker says:

    I suppose I did not meet Ross until the latter stages of his life but I still like to think of the short time we had together while working on a project together in Dublin, Ireland.
    There were all were working in Ireland, most of us from England and having read his resume of an American VET coming over to join the team we were a little apprehensive of what was going to appear. We need not have worried, Ross was the most charming harworking and easy to get on with individual we could ask for. He, like ourselves, did not take himself too seriously, (he took his work very seriously) and we proceeded over the months to greatly enjoy his company, his humour and his compassion. I do remember Ross almost crushing one of my friends when he announced the birth of his first grandchild – I think he called it a hug.
    It was obvious his great love for his family and I know he found it hard to be away from them for weeks at a time and really looked forward to going home to be with them again.
    God Speed Ross – it was a pleasure to know you.

  23. Kevin Fraser says:

    I was saddened to hear of your family’s loss. My prayers are with you and the family. Remember Matthew 5:4

  24. Andy Baker says:

    I’m sorry to hear of Ross’s passing. He worked with our Oracle team in Dublin, and brought a breath of fresh air into the project. He was a truly unique character and was with us for too short a time.

    Please accept my sympathies at this sad time

  25. Aprelle Deuell says:

    I worked with Ross in 2005 – only a few months, but he quickly warmed a place in my heart. I will never forget his smiling face and amazing positive attitude. What an incredible, special person… I am so sad he is gone, but he will certainly be remembered forever.

  26. Luby Family says:

    We feel very fortunate to have met Ross Sr during a little league baseball game as he watched is Grandson play and Ross Jr coach. We spoke briefly after the game. He offered some kind words of encouragement and praise to the kids and the coaches. We feel very fortunate to meet Ross and to know and love his son, Ross and his beautiful family . Our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones. Kindest Regards, LubyCrew.

  27. Peter Holman says:

    Ross and Mark, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I remember as kids when he and my father coached the Cardinals together. Your father was a quality person who had an impact on my life. One thing I could never forget was his booming voice. My prayers are with you and your family. Be safe, Peter.

  28. Jane Hill says:

    I was sadden by the news of Ross’s passing. He was involved with the Scouts of St Dorothy’s church with my husband Dave. May all the happiest memories and God’s care be with you all…….

  29. Dianne Chalifour says:

    Dear Ross,
    I heard about your father yesterday while at mass. I just wanted to tell you and your family how sorry I am of your father’s passing. There are few words one can say that bring comfort, but hopefully the love of family and friends and your memories of your dad will carry you all through this difficult time.

    Blessings, Dianne

  30. David McNeil says:

    Just now getting the news. I worked with Ross at Zanett and must say there was no truer person than Ross. He had the biggest heart and would share it with everyone. He loved what he did and loved his family tremendously. It was my pleasure to spend the short time I did with him and send my condolences to his entire family. The world will miss you Sir!

  31. Stephen R Baumbach says:

    What can I say, but what a true loss of a military brother. He pulled no punches, said what he had to say and did what he had to do in life. After you got past the booming voice, Ross was a teddy bear full of kindness. He always called me “sarge” and I will miss the good natured ribbing we passed out between us. Kick the tires and light the fires, time to go home Ross.

  32. marlene packard galla says:

    Just heard about this sad news.. Im sorry to hear about your dad… My thoughts and prayers are with your family…

  33. David Griffin says:

    Just heard about your loss. I worked with Ross on an ORACLE project three years ago and we became fast friends. I was always encouraged after our phone conversations and emails. His genuine kindness to those he encountered was extraordinary. A life well lived.

  34. Ed and Susan Thomas says:

    I was honored that you would call me your ‘Little Brother’.
    You are an inspiration in my and Susan’s lives. We think of you often.
    I hope you find true peace of mind in your next journey.
    Take care my ‘Big Brother’. One day we will meet again.
    We love you and miss you.
    Ed and Susan

  35. Nick Nicholson says:

    I had the honor of meeting and working with Mr. Spinelli while with Oracle. I’ve been trying to find Ross for about a month after we separated from Oracle. I was so happy I finally found Ross today September 3, 2010 to my dismay it was an obituary. I heart just dropped I can’t believe it. Mrs. Spinelli you must know that while working with Oracle in NY my now ex-wife was attacked in our home town of NM. I felt so lost and helpless and could do nothing from NY. The only person that came over to my room and sat with me all night was Ross. We called each other step dad and step son. I’m simply distraught that I found Ross too late. I will pray for him, you and your family. May God Bless.

    Nick Nicholson

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