Neil W. Spence, 80, Alexandria Bay

ALEXANDRIA, BAY, NY — Neil W. Spence, 80, Alexandria Bay, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at River Hospital.

Born July 19, 1941, in Watertown, a son of Samuel John and Edna (Putnam) Spence, he attended St. Mary’s Elementary School, Clayton, and graduated from Alexandria Bay High School.

On June 29, 1963, he married Candace A. Gove at St. Cyril’s Church, Alexandria Bay, with Fr. McFadden officiating.

Neil worked for G. E., Utica, Carl’s Auto and NYSDOT, both in Watertown, Hutchinson Boat Works, Alexandria Bay, and as a carpenter, working for Walt Perry Construction, LaFargeville. Neil was a carpenter by trade. He was Catholic and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, and tennis.

Surviving are his wife, Candace; three children, Warren, Watertown, Samuel John and significant other Renee Pilatsky, Alexandria Bay, and Kimberly A. (Charles) Harrell, San Antonio, TX; two grandsons, Jared Nichols and Hudson Harrell; three siblings, Roger, CA, Patrick, Massena, and Phyllis Garnsey, Clayton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Five siblings, Samuel John, Jr., Richard, David, Robert, and Patty Lashomb Wagner, all died before him.

As per his wishes, there are no services.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

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In lieu of flowers donations in Neil’s name may be made to the Alexandria Bay Volunteer Fire Dept., 110 Walton St., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.