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HAMPDEN - David B. Spang of Hampden died on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from complications related to COPD. Dave was born August 12, 1936, the youngest child of H. Austin Spang and Mildred (Cox) Spang of Middletown, Connecticut.

Dave attended schools in Middletown, Connecticut before earning degrees from Yale University (B.A., Human Culture and Behavior Program, 1958) and the Columbia University School of Social Work (M.S.W., 1960). In New York, he met and married C. Kay Hinshaw, with whom he raised six children: Rebecca (P. David Polly), Jenny (Steve Rinker), Andrew (Laura Baker), Tamara (Kendall), Abigail, and Kerri (Sands; Ed Muennich).

Dave worked as a social worker and counselor for his entire adult life, last meeting with a client in mid-November 2015. Among the positions he held were Executive Director of Bartholomew County (Indiana) Family Service; Director of Social Work, Bangor Mental Health Institute (Maine); and LCSW, Behavioral Health Center (Bangor, Maine).

A devoted and gentle father and grandfather, Dave spent his remaining leisure time on games, puzzles, dogs, and genealogical research. A keen player of bridge, he also sometimes enjoyed a game of poker (especially with his grandsons). For many years, he served as Historian/Archivist for the Belgian Sheepdog Club of America, a position in which he combined his love of dogs and his talents as a researcher. He will long be remembered and thanked for his Spang family genealogy, a project that benefited from collaboration with his distant cousin Sandy Spang of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe (Montana).

He is survived by his brothers (Austin and Tom); his sister (Nancy); his children and grandchildren (Sayer and Lee Tamiso; Forrest Spang; Ben and Sophie Spang); as well as numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and more distant relatives.

A celebration of Dave's life will be held at the Avalon Village Manor House in Hampden (50 Foxglove Drive, 04444) on Monday, February 8. Reception from 1:00-5:00; program beginning at 2:00.

Donations in Dave's memory may be sent to Pets for Vets, Portland Maine Chapter; 118 Caleb Street; Portland, ME 04102; petsforvets.com
Published on  February 5, 2016
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