Richard's Story

BANGOR - Richard D. Spinney, 72, died Jan. 15, 2015 at his home in Bangor from complications of Frontotemporal Degeneration. He was born January 5, 1943 in Old Town to Olive (Durand) and George Spinney, a Red Sox player.

He was one of triplets. One died at birth and he was predeceased by his brother, Robert in 2012. Richard worked for many years as a drug and alcohol counselor at the Brattleboro Retreat, EMMC and at the Hope House. He was a shark pool and card player and he enjoyed watching the Red Sox, Patriots and Seinfeld. Richard was known for his wit and gregarious personality. After his illness robbed him of language abilities he turned to nature, birds, music, and his companion cat, Dustin and he loved spending time at the Penobscot River.

He is survived by his wife, Maureen Walsh; a daughter, Morgan Spinney; a stepson, Major Matthew Holden and his wife, Brittany Holden. He will be remembered by his in-laws especially Sheila Harris, Teresa Lagrange, Eileen Walsh, and Bill Eddy. A special thanks for those who cared for him during his illness including Dr. Niamh Holohan and her wonderful staff, New Hope Hospice and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration who listened and offered support.

A memorial service will be held 2 PM Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at the Holden Congregational Church, Church Road, Holden. Donations in Richard's name can be made to the Old Town Animal Orphanage, 71 Airport Road, Old Town, Maine 04468. Cremation arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor.
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