OBITUARY

Sean William Spillane

February 11, 1992July 25, 2016
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Sean William Spillane, age 24, died on Monday, July 25, 2016 in Washington, DC. Sean died peacefully in his sleep as a result of an undiagnosed heart anomaly. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Saint Pius the Tenth Catholic Church with Monsignor Anthony Marcaccio officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Sean was the beloved son of William and Joanne (Nichols) Spillane of Greensboro and brother of Jennifer (Astoria, NY), Katherine and Joseph, both of Greensboro. He was a treasured grandson of Irene Nichols (High Point, NC). Sean was born in San Diego, CA and lived in Durham and Greensboro, NC prior to living in Washington, DC. Sean was a 2010 graduate of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Kernersville and a 2015 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. At Virginia Tech Sean was a Resident Advisor for two years and received the Caitlin Hammaren Award for Distinguished Service to the Residential Community. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects for Students and the G.E.R.M.A.N. Club, a social/service fraternity unique to Virginia Tech. Sean was employed as an Architect 2 with the firm of LSM in Washington, DC. He recently had been promoted and has been described as a “rising superstar.” Sean was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Walter and Dorothy Spillane and maternal grandfather, Joseph Nichols. Other than his immediate family, Sean is survived by many loved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Sean never met a stranger! He cherished his family, friends, fraternity brothers and co-workers. He was kind to everyone, had a beautiful smile and a huge heart that touched the lives of so many who were fortunate enough to know him. We will never forget him. Certainly for his family and friends, the sun has been a little brighter, the rains a little softer and the air a little sweeter for 24 years because of him. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m., Sunday and 7-9 p.m., Monday at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the School of Architecture at Virginia Tech for a scholarship in Sean’s memory. Donations are made payable to The Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc. and may be mailed to Virginia Tech University Development (0336), 902 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 31, 2016

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 1, 2016

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

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Sean William Spillane

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laurie Collins

August 16, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss. Sean was an amazing young man. I enjoyed so much having him in my 4th grade class. He was so kind and giving to everyone. He will surely be missed. I am not surprised that he grew into such a fine young man. So sad that he left this world so soon.
Love to the Spillane family and all Sean's friends,
Laurie Collins (was Ms.Chandler)

Romie Family

August 3, 2016

"God's ways are not our ways..," it sure seems to me that we needed Sean and many more like him on this earth. You will remain in the Romie family prayers, as the suddenness of this truly is a shock. Randal, Kimber, & Lilianna

leonardo pedraza

August 3, 2016

It is with a heavy and grief felt heart that the Pedraza Family is feeling for the Spillane Family in the the loss of their Wonderful Son Sean. Our Sons attended St. Pius X and Bishop McGuinness and remember him as a remarkable young man full of talent, and compassion. May God heal your broken hearts.We in the community feel fortunate to have had his companionship among us. God Bless .

Mary Ellen Dougherty

August 3, 2016

Dear Billy and Joanne,
My heart is filled with shock and sadness. My daughter Meghan is Sean's age, February 8. Words do not come.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and your family and hold you tightly close to Him not only now but all the days ahead of you. If there is anything I can do for you, please reach out to me.
Love, your cousin, Mary Ellen (Dougherty)

August 3, 2016

You are all in my prayers. Sean was such a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed.
Love, Sister JC

Kathy Douglass

August 2, 2016

Dear Bill and Joanne,
I just read Sean's obituary aloud to Sherwood. It was all I could do to get through it. It just shouldn't be. The obituary described a young man any parent would be proud to call their son. We enjoyed viewing the pictures of Sean. Thank you for sharing them and allowing us a glimpse into his life. Such a handsome young man! My heart breaks for the Spillane family. I pray that your faith will sustain you.

Love, Kathy (and Sherwood)

Lisa Schalk

August 2, 2016

Dear Joanne and Bill,
My heart is broken to hear about Sean's passing. He was a remarkable man and will truly be missed. I pray that our Lord will wrap his loving arms around you all and give you strength during the difficult days ahead. My thoughts and prayers will be with you always.

Christine Cortese and family

August 2, 2016

We are so sorry to hear about Sean's passing. His infectious smile and delightful personality was a gift to us all. Wishing you peace and strength.

Deb, Bill, Alex, Kas, Thomas Shealy

August 2, 2016

Dear Joanne, Bill, Jenny, Katie and Joseph,
We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Sean's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. During our years at St. Pius school, we were all deeply touched by the warmth, spunk and beautiful smiles of the Spillane children. We pray the Lord's loving embrace holds and sustains you during this difficult time.

Bob, Betty and Janet Herrmann

August 1, 2016

Dear Joanne, Bill, Jen, Katie, Joseph and Irene.

We were so saddened to hear about Sean's passing. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers always.

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