WYNNEWOOD - Joseph M. Spina, 71, of Toano, VA, died Friday, April 25th, in Williamsburg, Va. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 49 years; children, Joseph (Dawn) Spina of Charlotte, NC, Mark (Jenny) Spina of Daniel Island, SC, and Elise (Marty) Whitaker of Wynnewood, PA; proud and beloved 'Papa' of six grandchildren, Nicholas, Gabriella, S¿ren, Benjamin, Andersen and Colin. A graduate of Saint Leonard's High School, Joe grew up in Brooklyn and attended the City College of New York's College of Insurance. He worked in the insurance brokerage industry for over thirty years, the later part of his career in Chicago as a vice president for Reed Shaw Stenhouse and as an executive vice president for Sedgwick James, Inc. A long time resident of Naperville, Il., Joe was instrumental in the creation of the Naperville Men's Garden Club; coached in the Naperville Football League; served for years on the Board of Directors of Benet Academy; and for three years was president of the school's Father's Club. He retired to Virginia where he was actively involved in¿the James City County Board of Elections; served as an executive advisor at the College of William & Mary School of Business; was a member of the Colonial Italian American Organization; and was a student in pottery classes at the James City Community Center. He loved creating¿pottery, bowling, raising orchids and photography. Proud of his heritage, he appreciated Italian food and Italian vacations. He cherished snorkeling in Hawaii and quality time with his grandchildren. Greater than any accomplishment in his life, he was a family man. Services will be private. Contributions may be made in Joe's memory to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (committed to raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer); 333 E. Lancaster Ave., #414, Wynnewood, PA 19096. www.alexslemonade.org. Joe's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the team at VCU Medical Center, including Dr. Ron Clark, Dr. Brian Kaplan and Denise Lynch.
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Published in Virginia Gazette on Apr. 30, 2014