Gene E. Spear
1967 - 2021
BORN
1967
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
St Pierre Phaneuf Springfield Funeral Chapel
7 Chapin Ter
Springfield, MA
Our souls are weary, our hearts are broken as a family, yet it is our hope and prayer that the miracle and grace of life will be gifted with the passing of our Gene E. Spear, 54, of the Forest Park section of Springfield, who was Called Home on Friday, September 10, 2021. He passed into Eternal Life at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by the care and comfort of his loving family. He was born in Springfield on July 18, 1967, a beloved son of John and Geraldine “Geri” (Clark) Spear, of Springfield. He was employed for 20 years at Leo’s Glass in Ludlow. Gene was a beloved son, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend to so many. Gene was a musical genius, a composer and a writer of musical compositions with lyrics that inspired from the depths of his soul. His instrument and God-given blessing and talent was his beautiful voice. When he performed, he inspired souls to smile. From the early age of 13, Gene formed and led many local bands including Radio, Radio Days and the Radio Knights. There are no words to express the pain of our loss as a family with the passing of our Gene. He was a good man, a kind and fragile soul. His family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the emergency responders and the kind and supportive staff at Baystate Medical Center. In addition to his parents, he leaves his three treasured daughters, Alexandra G. LaPorte and her husband, Daniel, and twins Amanda G. Spear and Amelia G. Spear; his two cherished grandchildren, Hazel and Maverick; his former wife, Jane Pagnoni Spear; his loving sister, Michelle “Mikki” Lessard and her husband, Barry; his five loving brothers, Greg Spear and his wife, Tanya, Gary Spear and his wife, Donna, Geof Spear and his wife, Maria, David Trudeau and his wife, Jane, and Mark Spear; his loving sister-in-law, Nicole Ward and her husband, Travis; his dear aunt and uncle, Joyce Ogonowski and her husband, Donald; his cousins, Jen Deslauriers and her husband, Mark, and Christy Kovel; his “Good Ole” Auntie, Marge Sabat; and 30+ nieces and nephews, extended family members and numerous friends including his close friends, Leo, Dennis, and Paul. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Jacqueline “Jackie” (Carosello) Spear who was Called Home on September 20, 2017; his loving brother, Glen E. Spear who was Called Home on June 9, 1993; and his dear cousin, Tracy Helin. Our family is humbled and honored to present his last offering to humanity. It was Gene’s last wish to offer the gift of his body to help others in need. This act of unconditional love and kindness speaks volumes of his generosity of grace and not only helped strangers in need but also prolonged the life of a family member as well. His family will hold a private remembrance gathering. His arrangements are entrusted to the St. Pierre – Phaneuf Springfield Chapels, (413-737-1177), 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107. Memorial donations may be made in Gene’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave his family condolence messages, please visit: www.stpierrephaneuf.com
May his beautiful heart and soul know peace. Go sing with the angels love…

Published by The Republican from Sep. 14 to Sep. 19, 2021.
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What an amazing and adored man indeed! Our sincere condolences to all who were graced by his friendship. Never have we seen a more abundant and heartfelt outpouring of sorrow and tribute to someone . GODSPEED.
Peter Fritz
September 18, 2021
I am truly sorry for your loss of a beautiful soul Gene will definitely sing with the angels and many of his idols of music I am so glad I got to be friends with him and all of you he will be very missed by all
Diane WOOD
September 18, 2021
John, the guys from Frito-Lay would like extend our condolences to you and your family. Sorry for your loss. God bless and we are thinking of you.
Al Albano
Work
September 18, 2021
Our most sincerest sympathy to all the Spear family at this most difficult time.
The William Helin family
Friend
September 18, 2021
My condolences to the Spear family. Your family has always been a beacon of love and companionship, known far and wide. I´ll never forget the kindness Gene and your entire family extended to me as a young man. I am very sorry for your loss.
Robert Flanagan
September 17, 2021
Gary and Family, I was sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Gene. My prayers are with you all.
Michael Brock
Other
September 17, 2021
John & Geri, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincerest sympathy.
Elsie Bradway
September 17, 2021
Please know the Correira family sends condolences and prayers to you and yours! His journey is over as is his pain, for in God´s arms there is nothing but joy and happiness! Bless you!
Patricia Correira
Friend
September 16, 2021
My thoughts and prayers go out to Gene´s family and friends. Back in the 80s Gene played a special place in my life. My friends and I would follow his band to the various night clubs around the Springfield area. He was an amazing entertainer. I will always cherish the fun times we had. My heart goes out to all of you.
Kim (O´Connor) Hosmer
September 16, 2021
We are deeply saddened to hear about Gene's passing. Our hearts are heavy for all of you and hope that you find comfort in the days coming. He was such a great friend, with great talent - we will miss his smile and humor. Our deepest condolences to all of you.
Stan & Lauren Comeau
September 16, 2021
Please accept my deepest condolences. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rosamaria Cerrato
Friend
September 16, 2021
John Chretien
September 16, 2021
John Chretien
September 16, 2021
Digging through the pictures brought back a flood of memories. So glad I was able to share the stage with you ...my friend. So sorry your gone. My deepest sympathy to the Spear family.
John Chretien
September 16, 2021
We are so deeply sorry for the loss of Dear Gene, he was a Beautiful Soul and will be missed, Love and Comfort to all that Loved him
Claire and Tony Caliento
September 16, 2021
So very sorry to hear of Genes passing. I remember him and his brothers from childhood. Seen Gene playing out back in the day. God Bless
Ramona Cavallini
September 16, 2021
Geof , Mr. Mrs. Spear,Family & Friends. Words can´t even express how deeply sorry I am to hear of Genes passing.. My heart hurts for all of you. May God Bless you all & Help to ease your loss and sorrow. May you RIP Gene & sing your songs with Angels. You will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
Laurie Campolo
Friend
September 16, 2021
I was 18 and you 15 the first time we met. Little did I know that you were going to be more like my brother over 20 plus years of my life. I could be found wherever you were playing. You lit up and room and when you performed it was just magic. Your family showed me what unconditional love was. There was always a place for me at holidays and birthdays. Gene nobody in my life has ever made me smile and laugh like you could. My heart is broken for your family... My heart and soul is with them all. I will cherish our memories always and forever. Until we meet again brother sing with the Angels. I love you Generic.
Sue Gallo AKA Soupie
Friend
September 15, 2021
So sorry to hear of Gene´s passing. He always made Alicia laugh. My heart goes out to the Spear family. May he be at peace
Lisa Tannen
Friend
September 15, 2021
I am very sorry for lost
Timothy Champoux
September 15, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Spear family
Patty Gagliardi
September 15, 2021
To the Spear family, We are so sorry for loss. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless
Skip and Lynn Lessard
September 15, 2021
We are sorry to hear of your loss and offer our deepest condolences. Through the years, we have been blessed with your family's kindness and friendship and offer our support to you in these tough times when you need anything. Gene had an amazing gift of bringing a smile to the face of anyone he met. His talent as a musician also added to his charm and grace. His love for his family and friends was abundant. We will miss all of our "pitch" nights, backyard fire pit chats and pool parties. And as I said in Jackie's eulogy, we should remember the following..."To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." God Bless you Mr. and Mrs. Spear, Mikki, Glen, Gary, Geof, David, Mark, Alex, Amelia, Amanda, and all who shared in his friendship.
Michael White and Daniel Curran
Friend
September 15, 2021
In a time when life seemed almost care free, the many treasured memories are priceless beyond compare. Missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace Gene. Sincerest Condolences, Mark Ethier
Mark Ethier
Friend
September 15, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family, no words to express what a terrible loss. Our hearts are broken for all of you. May God bless you and help you through this sadness. May he RIP and live on in the hearts of all who loved him
Roger and Elisa Derosier
Friend
September 15, 2021
My deepest condulances to the family, sincerely, Derrick, Ashlee, Chris and Rose
Derrick Dirker
September 15, 2021
Sorry for your loss. I knew Gene only from my dealings with him at the Carl Fisher co. He was a great guy. Prayers to the family.
Kevin St. Germain
Work
September 15, 2021
John, I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Karen Sarnelli
September 15, 2021
Geof/Maria and the Spear family, I am terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. May he Rest In Peace. Please accept my sincere condolences.
MaryLynn Metivier
Work
September 15, 2021
So sorry for your loss Sending love light and prayers
Tina Treviño (friend of Jane)
Other
September 15, 2021
John & Geri, so sorry to hear of the passing of your son Gene. I remember that you were a close family, and his absence can only be comforted by your memories. RIP
Ken Gunn Winchester, NH
Other
September 15, 2021
My heart is very heavy to hear this news. I don´t know quite what to say, except Gene was a very special part of my life. The spear family was as well with their their kindness towards my daughter and me. I Will always remember the fun and laughter. You are such a talented and amazing family:) I am so sorry for this loss.
Deb DiMarzio Francavilla
Friend
September 14, 2021
Mr. & Mrs. Spear and family I wish this wasn't true , my heart hurts for your loss. I will cherish many memories of this beloved soul.
Marianne DeCaro
Friend
September 14, 2021
To all of the Spear Family. So very sorry for your loss. I will always have some great memories living up the street from all of you in my younger years. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time.
Laura (Champigny) Zina
Friend
September 14, 2021
Dear John&Geri, I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I know you are a very close family. May God bless. Ralph Mastrangelo
Ralph Mastrangelo
Friend
September 14, 2021
Hello old friends. Just learned of Gene's passing and my heart is broken. He brought magic into many lives; including my own. I still have many lasting and fond memories of our time together. I treasure the experiences we shared and happily recall them when I'm feeling down. Knowing Gene has helped shape me to become the man I am today. Sing with Angels Gene..... With deepest sympathy, John Hebert
John Hebert
Friend
September 14, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss, I´ve known Gene since be our days at Brooking School. He was an amazing person even back then, friends with everyone. May he Rest In Peace and perpetual light shine upon him.
Tammy (Waterman) Yacovone
Friend
September 14, 2021
To the Spear family: I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Rose Potar
Other
September 14, 2021
Geof and family so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gene was such a special soul.
Marybeth Zanetti
September 14, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gene Spear...may the wealth of fond memories carry you through the difficult times. Lee Nelson & family
Lee Nelson
Friend
September 14, 2021
It is with a heavy heart that I offer each of you my most humble condolences. Gene was like a protective brother who had the most loving, generous and compassionate heart. A laugh and smile that went on for days. I will miss him very much. I pray for comfort and peace of mind for you now and the road ahead. I know that he will continue to watch over us all and has left his musical gift etched in our hearts.
Lisa (Griffin) Maldonado
Friend
September 14, 2021
My heart is saddened today as I lose another friend it is the sadness I felt some years ago when Glenn left us, the only happiness out of this is that two brothers will be joined together beside our Lord, I will miss you Gene as I have missed your brother for all these years God bless you, love always.
DennisGarafolo
Friend
September 14, 2021
Geof and the Spear Family My Deepest Condolences to hear of Gene's passing, He will Always be remembered For his infectious smile and his great humor, R.I.P My Friend!
Bino Santaniello
September 14, 2021
I am saddened by the loss of my musical brother. My condolences to his family. I was honored and blessed to be Gene's bass player for about three years. I loved Gene's love of music. I cant wait to see Gene again in Rock and Roll Heaven !!!
John Izzo
September 14, 2021
Greg,Geof, Mikki ,Barry,Mom and Pop, siblings and extended Family... I´m so so very sorry to hear of Gene´s passing, you´ll all be in my thoughts and prayers ... May Gene forever rest easy
Laurie Caracciolo
September 14, 2021
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