Bartholomew Spano Jr.
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Died on August 25, 2004 in the District of Columbia at his home in Palisades after a long struggle with cancer. Known by family and friends as "Barry" or "Bart", Mr. Spano was a helicopter and fixed wing instructor and commercial pilot and formerly worked for Henson Aviation as a staff pilot. Mr. Spano was a graduate of Bethesda Chevy Chase High School 1964 and enlisted in the United States Marines in 1966. He received his military training at Parris Island and then at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico where he earned a sharp shooter medal and became a certified air frame and power plant mechanic. He then transferred to the Army Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Mr. Spano served in Vietnam in 1969 where he served as a helicopter pilot and flew dozens of missions over South Vietnam. He was wounded by enemy fire in the performance of his duty while evacuating wounded under combat conditions. For his extraordinary efforts he was awarded the Purple Heart. He then was restationed to Ashaffenburg, Germany, and entered the Reserves in 1972. In 1975, he received a Bachelors degree at the University of Maryland and was discharged from the United States Army Reserve in 1986. Mr. Spano was an avid motorcycle collector and member of the Washington, D.C. Norton Motorcycle Club.

Survivors include his mother, Pari; siblings, Diana, George, Stephen and Victor and nieces, Madeline and Jessica. Services private.

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Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 28, 2004.
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September 7, 2004
We toast a wonderful man. Your great cheer is missed even as we celebrate your life. We've been lucky to know you, Barry.... Catch ya on the flip side.
amy & crippy
August 30, 2004

Rest in peace Bartman - semper fi!
class 68-21
August 28, 2004
We all miss you. I loved talking aircraft, motorcycles and firearms with you at Rolling Thunder. Plus you made the best clam chowder I ever tasted!

David Hepner
August 28, 2004
I will always remember Bart and his life story as he told it to me. We served our country and shared many rides and rallies as members of the Nations Capital Norton Owners. I'll miss you Bart.
Jeff Burns
August 28, 2004
Duffo, you are one in a million. We miss you tremendously.
-Twoey and Susan
Twoey Markle
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