Dawn Jean Spitale
August 11, 1965 – October 8, 2021
Dawn Jean Crandall Spitale, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, passed away on October 8th after an inspiring and brave battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband Tom, children Sarah, Thomas and daughter-in-law Claire, and Gianni, brothers Keith, Michael and Danny, loyal dog Lola, and many, many heartbroken family and friends.
Like a brilliant artist whose magnificent works were relationships, Dawn saw the uniqueness in everyone she met. Her soulful eyes, magnetic personality and genuine interest made people feel immediately comfortable and more open with her than perhaps they had ever been. Everyone felt like they were Dawn’s best friend – and somehow, some way, they were.
She loved life with such a passion that it must have been hard to let go. High on the list were sunsets, international travel, garage sales, cooking, food and wine. She was happiest searching for seashells on a beach in a wet swimsuit caked with sand.
She was a tremendous and creative cook who had the talent to be a famous chef but who was content to dazzle family and friends with her culinary talents. Her husband swears that she only made one bad meal in their 34 years of marriage.
Her children will always cherish her non-traditional parenting ways. Board games, scheduled “fun days” away from school and month long birthday celebrations were all part of growing up with Dawn as your mom. Her home was always a welcoming place for family and friends and children’s friends — an atmosphere that you physically felt upon walking in the door.
Like almost everyone else she ever met, her husband knew immediately that she would be in his heart forever. Their marriage and relationship were something that many admired, and their devotion to each other was complete and total. Her passing leaves a huge hole, but she will live on through the hundreds of “Dawn stories” and “Dawn moments” that are remembered and cherished by us all.
Services and a celebration of Dawn’s life will be held at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in Safety Harbor, FL on Thursday, October 14th at 4:00 PM. There will be a reception immediately afterwards, until 8:00pm, at Sips Wine Bar, 326 Main St., Safety Harbor 34695. Here are the directions to the Parking Lot, located directly behind Sips Wine Bar: from the church take Philippe Parkway to Main St., take a right on Main St. (Safety Harbor), head North onto 3rd Ave., parking lot entrance on 3rd Ave. (across the street from Southern Fresh Restaurant). In lieu of flowers, donations in Dawn’s name can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – also known as PanCan at www.pancan.org. Early detection diagnostics are critically needed for this insidious and fast-moving form of cancer — Dawn was already in Stage 4 when she was diagnosed .
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Dawn Jean Spitale
October 15, 2021
Your Aston Gardens family is thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. We share in your sadness and are so sorry for your loss.
Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay
October 15, 2021
To the Spitale Family,
Gianni and I grew up as best friends and have known each other since pre-school. Mrs. Dawn and my mom were also best friends as well. I can remember countless times that we’d all get together along with other friends too. Mrs. Dawn always made being in their home so comfortable. Whether we were at the beach or having a sleepover at their house, I can constantly remember her laughing at whatever foolish thing Gianni and I were doing. She was so kind to me every single time I walked into their home. I felt like I was best friends with her too. To the whole Spitale family, I’m thinking of you and praying for you all. Mrs. Dawn was such an important part of my childhood as I saw her so frequently. She was even on my school emergency card since she was so close to me and my mom! She will always hold a special place in my heart. This picture is from 2015 when we were celebrating our birthdays since they’re so close together!
Laurie A Thompson
October 14, 2021
I loved Dawn so much. As a distant cousin it was hard to stay in touch. The little times I spent with her, she always left a beautiful impression on me. I've donated to the cause in her name. May God comfort all of her loved ones. I can't wait to see her again in His kingdom.
October 13, 2021
It was easy to see Dawn as a loving and kind woman as soon as I met her. Dawn and I met at a Robinson High School Band Night. Her bright and open demeanor made it easy to walk over and welcome her to the band family.
We quickly made a carpool with another family and I had the pleasure of spending time with Gianni when it was my turn to drive. He was such a nice young man and I enjoyed getting to know him.
My twin girls, Annika and Zoe, LOVED Miss Dawn and she usually has a treat for the kids in the car. My girls still talk about the Trader Joe Root Beer and talks with Miss Dawn.
Dawn had a way of lifting up everyone around her and my daughters admired her. They were very sad to hear Miss Dawn was sick and passed away.
Our hearts and condolences go out to Gianni and all the family and friends of Miss Dawn. We imagine she left this life still making others feel uplifted, heard, and valued.
Gianni, we loved your mom and are so sorry she was taken too soon.
Heart Felt Condolences,
The Aguiar Family
Zoe, Annika, Jennifer & Joe