OBITUARY

Louis A. Spencer, Jr.

February 17, 1957December 29, 2020

Louis Spencer passed away 12/29/2020 at St. Luke’s hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was a loving husband to Donna (Perry) Spencer. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Louis and Ruth (Bernard) Spencer, he lived most of his life in Dartmouth and on the waterfront of New Bedford. Louis came from a long line of whalemen and commercial fisherman based out of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and New Bedford.

Louise attended the Dartmouth public school system and was continually active in sports and numerous clubs. In his senior year at Dartmouth High School, he built a full-size WWI era Fokker D7 biplane as a school project which was later donated to a museum. Being very mechanically minded, Louis loved working on cars and boats and there wasn’t anything mechanical he couldn’t fix. One of his sayings when confronting an unusually hard problem, “Man built it, man can repair it.”

In addition to cars and boats, he also loved cycling. He cycled thousands of miles touring the Northeast coast of the US and Canada, as well as cycling cross country three times with friends and family.

Using his superior mechanical abilities, Louis worked his way through college by working as a BMW/ Mercedes/ Volvo technician at Dartmouth Auto Works. He also fished on various Spencer family draggers and quahog skiffs with his father in high school as well as through college. He graduated from SMU with a degree in mechanical engineering.

After graduation, Louis used his love of the sea and his mechanical abilities to secure a job working as chief engineer on several offshore crab processing vessels helping to design and repair many innovative mechanical systems for catching, processing, freezing, and boxing crabs all done offshore. Working on the F/V Taurus, he made many lasting friendships he maintained to this day.

In 1988, Louis married the love of his life, Donna and they settled down in the North end of New Bedford to start their family. With his growing family, he went to work shoreside for Atlantic Coast Fisheries in New Bedford as Special Projects Director. It was here, using his engineering and mechanical skills, he developed an innovative process of turning fish waste into fertilizer and pharmaceutical products.

In the late 90’s he cofounded his own company, Advanced Marine Technologies with his brother-in-law, Ira Perry and Jeff Young making Organic Gem liquid fish fertilizer, a bio-stimulant using fish waste from seafood processing plants. During this same time period, he also relocated his family to his hometown of South Dartmouth. Lou was well known on the New Bedford waterfront and loved by everyone. His employees were especially fond of him and his generosity and kindness. He was the President of the company up until his death.

In his spare time, Louis enjoyed sailing with his family, traveling the globe, reading, history, museums, and of course, cars of all vintages. He was a supporting member of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Herreshoff Marine Museum, as well as few others. He was also an expert on the history of the RMS Titanic. Although a man of many interests, his true love was his wife, Donna and his children, Sarah and Alden. Louis would do anything for his family and was immensely proud of the fine adults they both became. His son, Alden, continuing the Spencer maritime tradition as a licensed yacht captain and his daughter, Sarah is a nurse.

With his recent declining health, he was able to continue to work from home. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Donna and his two children, Sarah and Alden; his brother-in-law, Ira and wife, Lesley Perry and their two children, Cameron and Conner; brother-in-law, Bruce Perry of Arizona; brother-in-law Donald Perry of Westport; sister-in-law Sue Dulong and her husband, Ron of Dartmouth and their two children, Megan and Callie. Also in-laws Donald and Renate Perry of Dartmouth and one grandchild, Landen Spencer. In addition to his family, Louis leaves behind countless lifelong friends, acquaintances, and business associates.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021 from 4-7 p.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. His Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth. Burial will follow in South Dartmouth Cemetery. For online tributes, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

Please be advised that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are strict guidelines that must be adhered to for the safety of everyone. You must wear a mask to be allowed entry to the services. Please practice social distancing and avoid any close contact. Guests will be permitted to pay their respects and depart to allow the next guests to enter. Capacity at the funeral home will be limited so there could be wait times outside the funeral home. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 4, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Memories

Louis A. Spencer, Jr.

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Benjamin Rapoza

January 8, 2021

I am very sorry for your loss. Lou was a quiet and long time supporter of Helfand Farm Community Gardens, particularly our Soup Kitchen garden. He wanted to do anything within his power to make our community a better place. Lou never asked for recognition, he only asked how he could help. We will remember him for this, as well as his enthusiasm for making the world a better place through science and learning.

Chuck Smiler

January 5, 2021

I am profoundly saddened by the news of Lew's death. I extend my most sincere condolences to his family, close friends, and colleagues. I met and briefly worked with him around 2001 in the context of a Greener New Bedford initiative. It was immediately clear he was both profoundly able and caring on many levels. I have a sense of personal loss because I did not take advantage of his openness and interest to know him better both personally and professionally. The remembrances posted by others reveal how rewarding that could have been. The community has lost someone very devoted to it and very special. PEACE to him and his family.

Jeff Kocur

January 4, 2021

Donna, Sarah, and Alden,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Some of my fondest memories and most challenging miles on a bicycle were spent pedaling beside or more often behind Louie. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jeff Kocur

Christine Swartz-Snow

January 4, 2021

So sad to hear about Louis. Fondest memories are all the family gathered in Fairhaven laughing, sharing stories and enjoying the day. Sincere condolences! Love you all Chrissy and family.

Steve Kocur

January 3, 2021

Donna & family, I'm so sorry hearing of the passing of Louie. Whether it's working on MG's, sharing a pitcher of beer as we planned our bicycle trip, or traveling cross-country with him, Bruce and my brother- I have such pleasant memories of Louie. I regret that with the Covid Virus in our midst that I'll be unable to give my condolences in person, but want to assure you of my sincere and heartfelt feelings.
I've attached a picture of Louie, Jeff, Bruce & I with some friends we made in New Orleans during our 1980 bicycle trip. We were getting ready to go to Mardi Gras and I think the picture well-represents the spirit of that trip and the fun memories Louie helped build for us.

Mark Moreau

January 2, 2021

My deepest condolences to Donna, Sarah, Alden and all of Lew's family. I had the great pleasure of his insites, wisdom and friendship for over 40 years, his gift was not just the many things he could, and did, accomplished personally but his ability to make those around him believe anything was possible. His legacy will live on, in those of us who he made believe.

Doug Davenport

January 2, 2021

Haven’t seen Louis since high school but remember him as just a great all around guy. My sincere sympathies to his family.

Tracy Swartz

January 1, 2021

RIP cousin Lou...how I loved our talks at the family reunion at my dads..,Jim. You were such a a great man and I will miss all the stories you shared with us. Sending all of the family my love and prayers. Tracy Swartz.

Deb Piluri

December 31, 2020

My family and I were so saddened to hear about Lew’s passing. He was a very special individual and friend to my late husband, Dennis and myself. Lew didn’t always take the easiest road and lived his life in a manner that positively affected everyone he met.

Many long, late conversations took place at our kitchen table. There wasn’t a place he hadn’t been or a topic that he didn’t know about; such a brilliant, kind individual who will be greatly missed.

I have no doubt that my late husband, Dennis and Lew will continue these conversations.

My deepest sympathy to Donna, Sarah, Alden, Ira, Leslie and other family members. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

chris miller

December 31, 2020

To Donna and the entire Spencer and Perry family- 'Capt. Lou' as I called him, was a brilliant man yet also a great comedian. I always new Louie was coming up with a joke or one of his many great observations when I saw his eyes widen. Quick with humor but always generous and full of optimism. When Louie took ill about 18 years ago, he never quit, he kept moving ahead with great optimism.
A few years back, I called Louie and 'kidnapped' him on a Saturday afternoon so we could have drinks together on the dock of The Back Eddy. Capt. Lou was in rare form that day...I will forever remember that sunny day and I will always remember Louie. RIP, Brother.

FROM THE FAMILY