Lorange "Ozzie" Spenningsby

September 29, 1946May 1, 2019

Ozzie Spenningsby passed away May 1, 2019, at the age of 72 from complications due to Alzheimer’s.

Ozzie was born September 29,1946, in Manhattan, NY. At the age of 6, he earned a scholarship to the Diller-Quaile School of Music in Manhattan. His love of music and innate creativity served him all his life, especially during his celebrated career as Director of Broadcast Production at two major advertising agencies – and his motto, “Hire better than yourself and be kind,” served everyone who worked with him.

Most important, Ozzie was a loving father, husband, and friend. He is survived by his wife Barbara Beatty Spenningsby, his daughter Elizabeth Spenningsby, daughter Jennifer Spenningsby, granddaughter Sophie Spenningsby, sister Leslye Katz, brother-in-law William Katz, nephews Keith Magni and Jonathan Katz.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association. Please visit:


  • Memorial Gathering Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Lorange "Ozzie" Spenningsby

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Robert Valdes

May 15, 2019


We met under strange circumstances. I was young and had no where near the depth or breadth of your experience in production, but I was meant to be your boss. It was odd. But you took an odd situation, your innate grace and kindness and made working together great. My annual employee review with you (absurd on its face that I would review you) became our annual tradition to go to a really expensive lunch. I always appreciated your guidance, your honesty and your gentle nudges when I was about to make a mistake. You were always a true gentleman and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have worked with you. You will be missed.

Noelle Irish

May 13, 2019

I worked for Ozzie first as a broadcast admin assistant in the 90s at Ammirati & Puris. He took me under his wing and helped move up in the Broadcast Dept. He was an amazing boss and person. I will always be grateful to him for his kindness and mentoring. He truly left an impression on my soul.

George Ashbrook

May 10, 2019

We only worked together a short time but you made a big impact on me and I will always remember your fierce intelligence, kindness and wicked sense of humor.
See you in the next life

Simon McQuoid

May 7, 2019

Ozzie 'The Platinum Fox' Spenningsby. His elegant grace, supreme intelligence, and brilliant sense of humour all combined to make one of the most magnificent people I have ever met. The years that Rich and I worked closely with Ozzie at Chiat NY will stay with me forever, it was the highlight of my time working there.
What I learned from him I still carry with me to this day, he will be missed but never forgotten.
Ozzie you truly were one of the special ones.
Condolences to the family, thinking of you at this very difficult time.
- Simon.

Mary Mc Clure

May 6, 2019

To a wonderful person I had the pleasure to know while I worked at A+P. Ozzie would light up any room with his smile 😊 Deepest sympathy to Barbara and family .May the road rise up to meet you.May the wind be always at your back. M ay the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again May God hold you in the palm of his hand.God bless sleep in peace.

Mary McClure

Sharon Allen

May 6, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the Spenningsby family. May the love of the Christ comfort you and bring you peace during this difficult time. John 6:40. Remembering Ozzie always from the heart as he rests in peace.

Ronald Urbach

May 6, 2019

I worked with Ozzie for many years at A&P and thereafter. I look back fondly of working with Ozzie on many campaigns and productions on some of the top brands in the business - Club Med, BMW, UPS and many more. I never saw Ozzie lose his cool or sense of perspective. He was always driven to achieve the best creative possible while always doing the right thing. Ozzie was a pleasure to work with and spend time with outside of the office - interesting, informed, witty and funny. I will miss him.

Alan Perna

May 4, 2019

Hi Ozzie,
After so many years of cutting your hair from shoulder length and dark to short and silver I miss our conversations.
I’m reminded of the time I came to Connecticut to give you a surprise haircut when your jaw was wired after your accident. It was Thanksgiving and your wife had put the whole dinner in a blender for you so that you could drink it thru a straw.
I’m comforted that you fully digested life.

James and Marion Smith

May 4, 2019

OZZIE.... There are so many memories ...we grew up together , went to high school together , had an apartment together , best man at our wedding ....shared our loves , dogs, cats, cars, watches, the stock market , music ... endless.
We hope you got in that old Porsche and at the end of your journey there is a Steinway waiting to Barbara and the family ... always in our hearts ...
M and J

Lee Ann Daly

May 3, 2019

He was a cool customer...I loved the journey of working with him at A+P...If he said things were alright, they were, if he said they weren't, well we all had to double down and figure things out...I learned so much about how one carries oneself with ease and attention detail...these qualities always seemed to come so naturally to Ozzie, such a part of his authenticity-- you couldn't help but want to be more like the guy.
I adored his smitten smile for Barb. What an epic, beautiful, cool emulateable couple!!!
Sending so much love ahead to his beloveds....both he and Barb were "cat people" as I recall, so meditating on my admired colleague, Ozzie, I imagine him up in heaven with that bemused smile, great music playing ( maybe he's playing?) chilling with one of his cats of old....such a good person and consummate pro.
Too soon to lose such a spectacular person.
Love and light ahead.
Lee Ann