Daniel Leonard Spinner of Chapel Hill, NC, formerly of Mount Vernon and Port Chester, NY, died on January 20, 2015. He was born on Christmas Day, 1925, the eldest son of Nicholas and Mollie (Buonome) Spinner of Mount Vernon, NY.
Dan graduated from Edison High School valedictorian of his class and immediately left for military service with the US Marine Corps. After training at Paris Island, SC, Camp Lejuene, NC and Camp Pendelton, CA, he served with the Third Marine Division in the Pacific Campaign on the island of Guam. When World War II ended he joined the First Marine Division for post-war occupation duty in North China until 1946 when he was honorably discharged. Dan earned seven campaign medals including the Conspicuous Service Star awarded by the Governor of New York State.
He graduated from the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences with honors. Later continuing his education, he attended Pace University and Iona College, graduating with a BS degree from Iona with distinction.
On April 15, 1951 Dan married Marie Pantatello at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon, NY. In 1959 Dan and Marie moved to Port Chester, NY with their children, Daniel J. and Marianne. The family became quite active in their community. Dan was Committee Chairman for a number of years for Boy Scouts of America, Troop 8.
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Dan was employed for forty-five years with the firm of Bianco & Pepe, Builders and Developers, first as construction supervisor, then later with their high-rise office building, Westchester One, in White Plains, NY, Dan was their liaison officer responsible for field construction, building staff and tenant relations. As an engineer he set high standards not only for himself but for those in his charge.
Dan resided in Governors Village in Chapel Hill and was an active member of their Architectural Review Board extending his expertise, on numerous occasions, to the committee. He was a life-time member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Dan will be missed by his family, friends and colleagues who appreciated his sense of humor bringing levity to a situation at the perfect time.
Dan is survived by his wife, Marie, son, Daniel J. of Middlebury, CT, daughter, Marianne and husband Wes Wheeler of Chapel Hill, NC, three beloved grandchildren, Matthew Spinner, Gregory and Erica Wheeler; also his brother, Paul (predeceased) and wife June Spinner of New Rochelle, NY, his dear in-laws; Ines and Armand Tarantelli, of Hicksville, NY, Tina Tullo of Englewood, FL, Joseph and Caroline Pantatello of Levittown, NY, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be at Clements Funeral Home, 1105 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705 from 3 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25. A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26. Interment will be at Quantico National Cemetery in Dumfries, VA at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 3800 Fettier Park Drive, Suite 104, Dumfries, VA 22025.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, NC. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com