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William J. Spooner

October 2, 1948February 19, 2021
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William J. Spooner, 72, of Bloomingdale, NJ passed away Friday, February 19, 2021.

Born in Hackensack, NJ to Ann and William M. Spooner.

William was an educator for over 40 years before his retirement from Palisades Park High School where he taught, and was the coach for the boys basketball and baseball teams.

Beloved husband of Maria Pilar Saldarriaga; dear brother of Carol and her husband the late Sam Ofshinsky, and brother-in-law of Maria Isabell Saldarriaga; and cherished uncle of Daniel Ofshinsky and his wife Stephanie, and Stephanie Ofshinsky and her fiancé William Padavano. William also leaves behind many close family members, friends, and colleagues.

Visitation for William will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 4:00 to 8:00PM at Mack Memorial Home, 1245 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ 07094. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, February 24, at 10:00AM at St. Ann R.C. Church, 704 Jefferson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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John Papa

February 26, 2021

I worked with Bill both at PPHS and Darlington Day Camp. We taught Mathematics side by side for 24 years until I became VP. As his supervisor he was always regarded as a great teacher. He also conducted a great sports program at the summer camp in Darlington. He was a very thoughtful individual and respected his peers.

Denise Zdichowski

February 22, 2021

RIP Bill you were a wonderful brother in law!!Fabulous Husband to Annie and your we’re caring role models to Annie’s brothers and sisters for years 🙏you will be surely missed !

Danielle Bosotina

February 22, 2021

Danielle Bosotina

February 22, 2021

My uncle was a wonderful man..i can't even name all the great things he did for his family..he was an adoring husband of 40 years to my aunt Ann who passed in 2013..he was a father figure not just to me but to my mom and my uncle's and he was a great uncle to my son Collin..we all love you so much you have touched so many lives..its hard to say goodbye so I'll just say see you later I love you!

Sury Rubio

February 22, 2021

Mr.Spooner was such an amazing teacher. Always caring and helpful. Saddens me that he is no longer here, may he rest in peace. My condolences to his family.

Barbara Nafash

February 21, 2021

Rest in peace, Bill. We shared some good times teaching together at Pal Park.

Brian Go

February 21, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a great teacher, coach, and role model. Mr. Spooner was a great presence during my own time there, and it was easy to see his continued impact if you ever visited during later years. I had the opportunity to do so several times, and it was a very pleasant surprise when he remembered exactly who I was nearly 20 years later.

One of my fondest memories of Mr. Spooner has stayed with me through the years and I have always maintained that I truly owe him a lot. My junior year, while applying to colleges and being the diligent high schooler that I was, I had left the task of getting a teacher recommendation letter to the last minutes of the last day of school before winter break. In a panic, I stopped one of my closest teachers in the hallway on his way out and pleaded with him to write and send the letter for me during the break. Perhaps justifiably, he angrily told me it was my responsibility that I didn't get it done on time, that he was on vacation now and walked away. As I stood there in stunned silence watching him leave, grumbling, I heard a familiar booming voice call my name from his usual classroom at the end of the hall. I turned to him, and having seen the exchange Mr. Spooner gestured me into his class. Without a word he started to write and print me out the letter that would later get me accepted into my school of choice. Relief flooded over me then and it summed up everything I would come to know about the man: caring, dependable, generous, dutiful, and kind. It has always been a fond memory for me, a reminder of what a small act of kindness can do for another person; how it can make them feel, what impact it will have. I have tried to live by that example, to be the sort of man that can make a difference in other people's lives, no matter how small the act.

Please accept my deepest condolences. Thank You Mister Spooner, May You Rest in Peace. I hope you know that you truly made a difference for many of us.

Dorothy McLernon

February 21, 2021

You were one of the good guy!
Rest In Peace my friend

John and Maureen Wendelken

February 21, 2021

A great teacher, coach,colleague,and friend.Bill was loved and respected by all.God bless Bill and his family.

Tae Chung

February 20, 2021

Hello, I am sorry to hear about Mr.Spooner's passing. And I also apologize for speeding down the street (To Spooner's son).
I had Mr.Spooner as my math teacher in PPHS, I was class of 2016. He was a great math teacher, but he was also the funniest math teacher I had. I always appreciated his humor. The funniest thing I remember him saying was when I raised my hand to ask a question during class he had said "Oh? The devil has a question for me?" (I was a bit of a trouble maker in high school. So Mr.Spooner used to call me "The devil")

Overall he was a great teacher, and everyone who had him as a teacher liked him, he was humorous and patient with his students.

I hope he is in a good place, and a comfortable place. May he rest in peace.

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