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Neil W. Spence

Nobember 29, 2021

Neil W. Spence, 80, Alexandria Bay passed away Monday, November 29, 2021, at River Hospital.

Neil was born in Watertown July 19, 1941, son of Samuel John and Edna (Putnam) Spence. He attended St. Mary's Elementary School, Clayton and graduated from Alexandria Bay High School. On June 29, 1963 he married Candace A. Gove at St. Cyril's Church, Alexandria Bay with Fr. McFadden officiating.

Neil worked for G. E., Utica, Carl's Auto and NYSDOT, both in Watertown, Hutchinson Boat Works, Alexandria Bay, and as a carpenter, working for Walt Perry Construction, LaFargeville. Neil was a carpenter by trade. He was Catholic and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and tennis.

Along with his wife, Candace, Neil is survived by his three children, Warren, Watertown, Samuel John and significant other Renee Pilatsky, Alexandria Bay, and Kimberly A. (Charles) Harrell, San Antonio, TX; two grandsons, Jared Nichols and Hudson Harrell; three siblings, Roger, CA, Patrick, Massena, and Phyllis Garnsey, Clayton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by 5 siblings, Samuel John, Jr., Richard, David, Robert, and Patty Lashomb Wagner.

As per his wishes, there are no services. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in Neil's name may be made to the Alexandria Bay Volunteer Fire Dept., 110 Walton St., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.


#12 judy DePuy 2021-12-06 13:03
Candy and family,
Sorry to hear the news of Neil's passing. He was a wonderful husband and family man. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

George and Judy DePuy
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#11 Cliff Westerling 2021-12-05 12:18
Deepest sympathies to you and your family from your many tennis friends up in Canton-Potsdam area. We are thinking of you. We really enjoyed when your dad would come up to play here. What a great guy.
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#10 Wendy Ward/Coen 2021-12-04 10:46
So very sorry for the loss of this great man..He will be missed..RIP "Dad"..love and prayers to Candy "Mom" and family..
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#9 Bruce Tusler 2021-12-03 16:39
Sorry to hear of Neil's passing. I worked with Neil at Hutchinson's. I have fond memories working Neil and Solon. We always had fun working together. Your Family is in our prayers. Sincerely, Bruce Tusler Massena.
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#8 wayne farrell 2021-12-02 12:50
Candace and family;

Our deepest condolences to you and your family! It was a pleasure knowing Neil and how much that he helped our Mom & Dad with projects around the house though-out the years.

Take care;

Wayne & Brian Farrell
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#7 Terry Jones 2021-12-02 09:52
Georgette and I are so sorry for the loss of Neil. Our deepest condolences to John and your entire family. Cherish those memories. May he Rest in Peace.
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#6 Margo Fowler 2021-12-02 08:10
Candy, So sorry to hear about your husband, My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#4 m & J Salisbury 2021-12-01 19:07
RIP Neil. you will be missed. we have so many fond memories playing cards and fishing. Candy you and the family are in our prayers..
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#3 Brenda Matthews 2021-12-01 18:40
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Neil will always be remembered and loved. Steve worked with Neil and my father on a few jobs and I will forever cherish all of the memories of Neil and his family going back to crooked creek fishing and all of the bonfires we had. Lots of laughs and good memories. Rest In Peace.
Brenda (Salisbury) Matthews and Steve Matthews
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