James "Jim" M. Spindler July 20, 2021 James "Jim" M. Spindler, 86, of Syracuse, passed away peacefully on Wednesday at Upstate Community Hospital with family by his side. Jim was born in Buffalo on May 22, 1935 son of the late Harold and Doris Spindler. Jim earned his BA Degree at Cornell University and served in the US Air Force for ten years. He served on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club, Junior Achievement of CNY, Citizens Foundation, Vera House and the YMCA of Greater Syracuse. In addition, Jim served in different capacities for the following organizations; United Way of CNY, Volunteer Center, Downtown Committee, Syracuse University Continuing Education and NYS Special Olympics. Jim retired as Vice President of Human Resources from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of CNY. Jim was an avid runner, often seen running to and from work everyday. He was a member of the Syracuse Track Club and the Director of the Super Blue Run. He ran 9 marathons. He also hiked the Grand Canyon 35 times. He enjoyed playing the banjo but his first love was the railroad. After his retirement, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a locomotive engineer at the Kentucky Railway Museum. He is survived by his wife, Karen Spindler, children, Todd (Liz) Spindler, Jamie Spindler, Robin (Joseph) Sereno, Drew Spindler, grandchildren, Thomas Spindler, Kelly Spindler, Joel Spindler, Tyler Sereno, Alexis Sereno, along with several nieces and nephews. Private services for the immediate family will be held at a later date. To leave a special meassage for the family please visit www.newcomersyracuse.com
Published by Syracuse Post Standard from Jul. 21 to Jul. 25, 2021.