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Memorial Service

McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home
Sunday August 9th, 2020
12:00pm - 3:00pm

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Reginald Spence

In lieu of flowers, the family of the late Reginald Spence would like the donation proceeds to purchase computers for the Holly Hill Primary School near his home town in Big Woods Darliston, Westmoreland, Jamaica, W.I.  Reginald always stressed the importance of a good education to his family and friends and we feel that supporting the students at this school would be a great way to memorialize his legacy.

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Memorial Service Zoom Link

Date: August 9th

Time: 12:00PM EST  Zoom room will be opened at 11:30AM EST)

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81751632388

Reginald Osbourne Spence was born on September 3, 1926 in Dillion Bigwoods District, Westmoreland, Jamaica West Indies to Robert Spence and Louise Dobson. Reginald grew up in the era of British Colonial rule and later moved to Montego Bay to continue his education and work. Reginald’s tall, stately, energetic, handsome, and charming nature made him popular in the tourist restaurant, hotel industry, and he enjoyed a lifetime of working in numerous supervisory and managerial positions from Montego Bay, Jamaica (Colony Hotel) to Queens, New York (TWA Kennedy Airport), Manhattan, New York(Assembly Steak House-Rockefeller Center), and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Wyndham Hotels, Marriott Hotels).

Reginald is remembered by family and friends as a person who loved to stay in contact and connected those that didn’t know each other. Most close to him recall that Reggie loved helping others, attending family gatherings, boasting about the accomplishments not only of his children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren but of his many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends and always encouraged his children and family to, meet, visit and stay in contact with each other. Reginald/Slim/Daddy/Uncle Reggie/Poppa/Grandpa did his best to ensure all of his children, family, and friends knew how much he loved, admired and appreciated them. Reginald was hospitalized with illness related complications and passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 16, 2020 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, New York.

He was predeceased by his brothers Egbert, Winston, Gilbert, Melvin, Eric, and sister Birdelyn and leaves to celebrate his life: His sisters, Sybil Rowe/Fred (Birmingham, England) and Ivy Robinson/John Robinson (Birmingham, England), His children: daughter Grace Peters/Noel Peters (Ontario, Canada), daughter Judith Spence Wills/Michael Taylor (Laurelton, New York), son David Spence (New York), daughter Deborah Spence (Troy, New York), son Reginald Spence/Helen Spence (San Diego, California), daughter Roxanne Spence (Orlando, Florida), 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

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It was a great memorial reunion celebration today glad I was able to join and as I listened I learnt so much about Uncle Reggie. May his soul rest in Eternal Peace. We'll all miss you Danny, Joyce, Raoul and Shaun

Danny Smith Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM

Good bye my dear uncle Reggie. May your soul rest in Eternal Peace till we meet again in the sweet bye and bye

Diana Gardner Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM

Looking forward to see and meet Uncle Reggie on that great getting up morning, when the grave will give up its occupants. What a day that will be. Family be ready for that great reunion when we shall never part again. By Gods Grace I will be there hope we all will be there. Lawrence, Sharon, Lawrence Jr and Lawrencia Robinson.

Lawrence Robinson Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM

My dear Uncle Reggie, such a pleasure to have met and known you over the years. We love and dearly miss you. Keeping your dear children in prayer. Some Bright Morning we will meet again. Until then Sleep in Peace. Patricia Brown (Hermin Spence daughter)

Patricia Brown Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM

Uncle Reggie, gone but not forgotten. Always in my heart,sleep on my friend, missing you. Love Always.aka Tom.Joanne Smith.

Joan Smith Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM

Uncle Reggie never met a stranger. I recall meeting him at a family member funeral in Jamaica and it seems I had known him forever. We flew back on the same flight and I had my seat changed to sit with him as I was intrigued by his humility, knowledge, love of family, and positive attitude. I learned some valuable lessons during our flight. We kept in touch every since and I was always amazed he knew who I was whenever I called. Wish I had more time with him, but God knows best. He left a remarkable impression on me and his memories will be cherished forever. Our condolences to his immediate family, host of relatives and friends. RIP uncle Reggie. The Wizzards.

Ardith Wizzard Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM

Uncle Reggie always had stories to share with me. He wanted me to get to know all the family. He was always sharing a number with me. Always following up. "did you make the call?".I will have to honour his wishes and reach out to everyone. I am going to miss our phone calls and the family historyyou werealways sharing. Family lets stay in touch and carry on what uncle would want us to do.Until that great getting up morning. Forever in our hearts. I will cherish all the memories we shared. Love Claudette, Kadin & Keenen.

Claudette Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM

I will certainly miss your phone calls uncle Reggie. I loved hearing you say, Whats going on girl?, Ride on., Ok darling, take care of yourself. Ill miss your sweet laughter and the family stories. I really loved to hear the stories about siblings, which included my dear mother.Ill cherish the last days that I spent with you. Even though you were so ill, you found time to speak about your beloved family and to give us funny jokes which made us laugh.You told me so much in our short time together. I will always remember the way you lit up when I walked into that hospital room. I thought that you would not readily recognize me since I was wearing a mask but, you pulled a fast one by calling my name and saying, Im so happy to see you.Regrettably, you could not stay with us any longer because you had to respond to That Roll Call. You are gone just a little while before us, well all meet on That Beautiful Sure. Sleep on In Eternal Peace uncle Reggie.

Verna Thompson Aug 8 2020 12:00 AM

I wish I could edit my previous post by correcting the errors, but there isn't a feature that allows that. Thankfully, heartfelt words usually overshadow grammatical errors. Well, as dad always said, "ride on." He explained that cowboys would say that in old western movies, he loved, before departing.My dearest daddy, you've already trotted into the beautiful sunset. So, ride on. I love you.

Radiantsmiler@gmail.com Aug 8 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Debra and family ~ I was able to meet your lovely Dad when he came to my backyard in Troy to enjoy a gathering duringa Greek Festival. At the time I met him, I remember thinking what a gentlemen . . . his demeanor reminded me of my own Father and that says so much as I do not find many men who were as upstanding as my own Dad. I am so sorry for you loss and I am keeping you Debra and your family in my prayers during this difficult time. Cherish the memories always ~ your neighbor Sandi

Sandra Santoro Aug 5 2020 12:00 AM

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