John Spinelli Obituary (1930 – 2021) – Norfolk, VA
He was born on June 16, 1930 in Trenton, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Hamilton High School (class of 48) attended Ryder College on a baseball scholarship, served as president of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity, and while earning his Bachelor of Business Administration was enlisted in the US military in its final year. Granted temporary leave from training camp to graduate, in 1954 he married Rosemary Cellini at St. James Parish in Trenton, who accompanied him while he served at US Army Headquarters in Heidleburg. , in Germany. After his tour of duty, they returned home to Trenton, New Jersey. A graduate of the Eckels School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, he was an undertaker for Cellini Funeral Home in Trenton for many years until he accepted the post of Director of College Publications and Information Services and Principal Alumni Affairs at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey. In 1973, he accepted a post of director of alumni at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, and in March 1974 moved his family to Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 1980 he left Old Dominion University. buy Southern Bicycle Shop Norfolk, where he learned the bicycle trade; mentored his two sons who worked with him until his semi-retirement in 1994. Mr. Spinelli accepted a part-time job for Toys-R-Us in the Bicycle department. He was an avid coin collector and was a member of many organizations: The Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the American College Public Relations Association, the American Alumni Council, the Greater Trenton Chamber of Commerce, the American Numismatic Association and member of UNICO National (nationwide service organization).
Survivors include his 67-year-old wife Rosemary Cellini Spinelli; son John F Spinelli (predeceased), David C Spinelli, Matthew C Spinelli, daughter Janet S Ryan and husband David Ryan; grandchildren Lia Spinelli, Christopher J Ryan, Rosemary M. Ryan, Lauren Spinelli & fiance Carl Opauski, and Matthew C “Little Matt” Spinelli. Three great-grandchildren: Owen Ryan of South Dakota, Vada and Carl Opauski IV of Winchester, Virginia.
A near-grave memorial will be held at St Marys Cemetery, Trenton, NJ at a later date. Condolences can be presented to the family at:
Posted by The Virginian-Pilot on November 7, 2021.