David Mackley Spencer Sr. of Graceland Park relocated to his heavenly home on July 24th 2021. He passed peacefully from kidney failure after a 12-day stay at Compass Hospice House in Centerville, Maryland. He was 92 years young or as Dad would say "39 and holding"! Born March 7th 1929, son of Frederick G. and Mary Oler/Mackley Spencer. Dave grew up in Dundalk attending Dundalk High School and was a proud member of the Drum and Bugle core.
Dave worked 42 years at Patapsco Back River RR at Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point. He was married to Dolores Lapetina (Sug) his "little Italian blonde" for 63 years. Dad was a faithful family man and our hero. He "lived well, loved much and laughed often". The secret to his long life was that he lived justly, loved mercy and walked humbly with God. After Dad retired he served God at Lutheran Memorial Church as maintenance man and lawn keeper, chauffeur for folks who needed a ride to church, benefit dinner coordinator and chef, usher and treasurer. We admired Dad for modeling his faith in action.
When Dad wasn't working and doing family life, he enjoyed his hobbies of crabbing, fishing and hunting on the Eastern shore. He was a long time member of Come on Down and Big Buck hunting clubs serving as treasurer, chef and president. His hunting buddies nicknamed Dad the "Energizer Bunny" for his inspirational energy. He also enjoyed dancing and cooking.
Dad is survived by his son David M. Spencer Jr. of Hanover and daughter-in-law Penny, his grandchildren: David Jonathan, Sarah Elizabeth and Rachel Marie and his greatgrandchildren: Conor, Caleb, Jenna and Noah. After Sug passed, Dad danced his way into the heart of the second love of his life, Pat Harring. Her family lovingly think of Dad as their second father.
Besides Dad's parents, he was predeceased by his wife Sug and his siblings, William, Isabelle, Fred and Gene.
Dad was laid to rest by immediate family at Oaklawn Cemetery on July 31st 2021 as we celebrated his life and said our farewell. As Christians we have the certain hope of eternal life as a gift from our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not grieve death as a forever separation but as farewell till we meet again in heaven.
A memorial service is planned at New Light Lutheran Church on Dundalk Ave. September 25th at 1:30. There may be a need to relocate to St Luke's Lutheran Church, also on Dundalk Ave. due to limited seating and Covid restrictions at New Life. Call Pastor Kristie King for final location @ 410-284-6840.
Thank you for all the condolence cards and looking forward to seeing you at the memorial service. Bring your photos and share your memories as we celebrate Dad's life together.