STEPHEN SPENCER

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SPENCER--Stephen, age 85, of Chastellux Avenue, Newport, RI, formerly of New York, NY, passed away July 21, 2010 surrounded by his family. Born in New York, NY, on April 22, 1925, he was the son of the late Katherine (Force) and Lorillard Spencer. His father was a highly decorated World War I veteran. Mr. Spencer attended the Buckley School in NY, St. Paul's School in NH, and graduated from Harvard in 1947. Mr. Spencer was the President and owner of London Towncars, a chauffeured limousine service based in New York City, which he started in 1959 with a bag of dimes for the parking meters and two London taxis. At his retirement in 2004 the company had a fleet of over 80 vehicles. At the age of 16, he earned his pilot's license before getting his driver's license and flew all around New England. In the 50s, Mr. Spencer ran the ticket office for Eastern Airlines, in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Spencer also served as a Lieutenant. J. G. in the Navy during World War II. He was a Governor of Bailey's Beach, and Treasurer and Master of Holland Lodge, NY. Mr. Spencer had a passion for gardening around his home in Newport. Mr. Spencer leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Marjorie, a daughter Vivian Spencer Fleuette and her husband Michel, a son Stephen Lorillard Spencer and his wife Irena, and three grandchildren, Andrea S. Ahern, Ian G. Ahern and Olivia M. Ahern, and his brother William H.F. Spencer.Services will be held at 11am on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Emmanuel Church, 40 Dearborn Street, Newport, Rhode Island. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090 and/or the Robert Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840. For more information visit www.onhfh.com

Published in The New York Times on July 25, 2010
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