John L. Spinney

PERRY - John L. Spinney, 79, passed to the hands of the Lord, Nov. 2, 2012. He died at his home in Perry; the home in which he was born.

John is survived by Ann, his loving wife of 55 years; his daughter, Karen Theriault; and a cherished granddaughter, Shelley. He is also survived by his brother, Jim and his wife, Shirley; sister-in-law, Evelyn Spinney; nephews, Ronny and his wife, Elaine Spinney, Roger and his wife, Annie Spinney, and Robert and his wife, Trisha Spinney; and nieces, Rhonda Spinney and Debbie Herlighy. He will be especially remembered by his cousins, Dale and Elsie Lincoln; special friends, Dick and Cindy Adams, Ralph and Deen Hicks, Richard and Harriett Real, Carl and Heather Ross; and his No. 1 son-in-law, Brian Theriault. He was precedeased by his parents, Roy and Elizabeth Spinney; brothers, Roy Spinney, Edward and wife, Annette Loud, and Buster and wife, Evelyn Loud; and his sister, Frances (Loud) and her husband, George Caler.

John gave to his country, serving four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He gave to his community, serving Perry as a volunteer firefighter and fire chief, selectman, school board member, and whatever other job that needed to be done. He served his church, Cornerstone Baptist Church - formerly Washington Street Baptist Church - as a parishioner and deacon. Most of all he served his family, working 38 years at the Georgia Pacific Mill, Baileyville, to provide; farming the land; and being a loyal and faithful husband, dad, grandfather and brother. He was also a die-hard Red Sox fan.

Visiting hours will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Eastport. A celebration of John's life will begin 1 p.m. after the visitation. Burial will be held in the spring at Restlawn Cemetery, Perry. Donations in John's memory may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, Perry Volunteer Fire Department, Down East Hospice volunteer program or Downeast EMS. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 5, 2012