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John Phillip Spillane

August 10, 1937 November 30, 2019
John Phillip Spillane
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Obituary for John Phillip Spillane

John Philip Spillane of Dover passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania. He was 82.
Mr. Spillane was born August 10, 1937 in Dorchester, Mass. to the late Jeremiah Spillane and Mary Deely Spillane.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Spillane worked as a factory worker for Walter Baker Chocolate Factory which then was bought out by General Foods where he moved to the research Department and retired after 30 years. After retirement he got his Captain’s license and sailed yachts around the world with his brother Maurice “Micky” Spillane. He also had his own boat “Blue Mist’, which he enjoyed sailing with his friends and family. He had a zest for life and enjoyed many camping trips with his family along with water skiing and scuba diving. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dover. His family was his world and meant everything to him.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Maurice “Micky” Spillane; son, John M. Spillane and daughter, Diane F. Spillane.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol Abbott Spillane; children, Joan M. Spillane and James Spillane and his wife Patricia all of Dover; siblings, Chris Spillane of PA and Maureen Spillane of MA; grandchildren, Cynthia Gibbs, Rebecca Spillane, Kyle Spillane, Christopher Allen, Maria Allen, Jennifer Connor and James Spillane; great grandson, Sam Houston Gibbs.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 10AM, Friday, December 6, 2019 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 631 S. State Street, Dover. Friends may call one hour prior.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 S. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.


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9:00 AM 12/6/2019 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 12/6/2019 10:00:00 AM
Holy Cross Catholic Church

631 S. State Street
Dover, DE 19901

Holy Cross Catholic Church
631 S. State Street Dover 19901 DE
United States

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6

Dec

10:00 AM 12/6/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/6/2019 11:00:00 AM
Holy Cross Catholic Church

631 S. State Street
Dover, DE 19901

Holy Cross Catholic Church
631 S. State Street Dover 19901 DE
United States
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