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Richard Dennis Spinks (Dick)

Richard Dennis Spinks (Dick), age 87, passed away February 15, 2021, at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home. He had resided at 16 Outlet Road, Piseco Lake, NY.

Richard was born in Gloversville, NY, on August 13, 1933, and was the son of Floyd and Irene (Hoose) Spinks. He was a graduate of Gloversville High School in 1952, then served two years in the Army during the Korean War. He also served twelve months overseas in Iceland.

Richard was employed by the NYS Environmental Conservation Department with the Bureau of Wildlife for 31 years, and a ski instructor for 39 years at Oak Mountain in Speculator, NY. He also played with the Glove City Colonials and was one of the original team players and coached for Pop Warner football in Gloversville.

He had two children by his first wife, then in 1971, he married Janice Luzinas and was married to her until 2010, when she passed away. They spent twenty-five plus years vacationing in Englewood, Florida on the beach and fishing. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, golf and traveling, and recently spending time with his horses, Red and Partner, and his dog, Alfie. He was a Yankees and Giants fan.

He is survived by his children, Debra (Spinks) Tinker and Michael Spinks; three grandchildren, Crista (Marino) Sitterly, Michael J. Spinks and Ethan J. Tinker. He also has four great-grandchildren, Johnathan, Anthony, Adam, and Caroline. Richard was predeceased by his loving wife, Janice of thirty-nine years; and his brother, Allan Spinks.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Route 8, Lake Pleasant, NY, and the burial at Higgins Bay Cemetery, Piseco, NY, when weather permits. Donations can be made to your local SPCA, or to St. James Roman Catholic Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Northville Funeral Service Inc., 401 Bridge Street, Northville, NY 12134. Please visit the family’s online condolence website at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.