Anthony J. Spinzola Sr., 90

NAPLES — Anthony J. Spinzola Sr., 90, of Naples, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 after a short battle with cancer.

He was born on May 23, 1922 in North Scituate, Mass., the son of Nicholas Spinzola and Mary (Medico) Spinzola.

He graduated from Scituate High School and went on to aircraft school in Quoddy Village, Maine where he met First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Tony went on to pass his certification in Springfield, Mass. and opened one of the first local dealerships for the sales and service of Indian Motorcycles, later expanding to Harley Davidson. There, he met his wife Vivian.

Tony furthered his career as a union member at the Quincy Shipyard in Quincy, Mass., where he worked on ships and nuclear submarines. He also worked on special projects for Kennedy Antenna, where he was one of five men handpicked to work with engineers in the construction of the tracking satellite dish for one of the first moon missions.

He owned and raced several midget racecars, stock cars and motorcycles. Tony could always be found tinkering in his garage, in the kitchen cooking, playing his accordion, or mowing the fields at his home.

He is survived by a brother, Samuel Spinzola of Cohasset, Mass.; two sisters, Lucy DeCoste of Scituate, Mass. and Joanne Cook of Pembroke, Mass.; two sons, Anthony J. Spinzola Jr. of Scituate, Mass. and Danny Spinzola of Naples.

He is predeceased by his wife, Vivian; two sons, Michael and Nicholas; and a brother, Nicholas Spinzola.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco.

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