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Walter McSpedon

Walter T. McSpedon

Oct 5, 1952 - Jan 3, 2020
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Obituary

Walter T. McSpedon; Wally to his family and his many, many friends; went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 3, 2020. He was 67 years old.
Born on October 5, 1952 in Yonkers, NY, son of the late George D. and Mary (Fennessy) McSpedon. Walter graduated from Carmel High School in 1972.
Walter was a very talented pianist and organist. At an early age, like so many before him, he took piano lessons under the tutelage of Margaret ‘Peggy’ Weizenecker in Brewster. Through the years, Walter improved upon his talent and became a piano teacher. Also, he could be found stepping in for musicians and colleagues alike in the surrounding area, be it at worship services on a given Sunday or an occasional evening party or celebration. In the early 1980’s, Walter took the position of Organist at the Croton Falls Baptist Church, later called the Croton Falls Community Church. In 1986, Walter stepped in as organist at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster, NY for his dear friend and teacher, Peggy Weizenecker. During her long battle with cancer, Walter was there for her both as friend and professional, warming the organist bench and continuing a level of musical prowess at the church that began years before. Upon her death in 1987, Walter became the music director of the Church of St. Lawrence O’Toole, a position to which he was most proud. Providing the parish with his many talents through the years. Choir Director, Music Teacher to the students of St. Lawrence O’Toole School and Director of many a Christmas Cantata and other special events. Through the years, the many parishioners of St. Lawrence loved Walter and appreciated his many talents and kindnesses.
Walter moved on from St. Lawrence Parish in 2015 and began his most recent professional calling as Organist for the Patterson Community Church and the Rev. David Frost. He became a member of the church and remained their organist until his death. The Patterson Community Church family welcomed Walter with open arms. Walter truly felt the warmth of the church family while there. In true Walter style, it wasn’t long before a special musical event or cantata was underway. Walter was happiest when bringing the message of God, through his music, to friends and the surrounding community.
Although a private cremation was held earlier, a memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 11am to 1pm at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY followed by music and God’s message delivered by the Rev. David Frost at 1pm at the funeral home. An interment of ashes will follow at Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel, NY where Walter will be placed with his loving mother Mary McSpedon. www.beecherfuneralhome.com
The Patterson Community Church is starting a ‘Walter McSpedon Legacy Project’, raising funds to employ a high school age piano student to join in the music of the church and in doing so, help us carry on the teaching and musical legacy of Walter. Donations to the project may be made by check. Payable and mailed to:
The Patterson Community Church at Box 298, Patterson, NY 12563, or online on the church website at: pattersoncommunitychurch.org.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday January 11, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday January 11, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Beecher Funeral Home
    Address
    1 Putnam Avenue
    BREWSTER, NY 10509
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  • Service

    Saturday January 11, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday January 11, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Beecher Funeral Home
    Address
    1 Putnam Avenue
    BREWSTER, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. David Frost
  • Interment

    Location
    Raymond Hill Cemetery
    Address
    Rt 52
    CARMEL, NY
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    Walter's ashes will be placed with his beloved mother Mary McSpedon.

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doreen von essen

Posted at 08:46am
Just wanted to take a minute to Thank everyone who came, sent cards, Mass Cards, donations and prayed for and during Walters McSpedon's Funeral Services on Sat 1-11-2020. ,

Many of our childhood friends and neighbors The Stringers and Sanchez families were present. One Man came up to me and reminded me that as a young boy he was my paper boy. The Kelsh Family Tommy and Honey DeMarie Kelsh were there Honey's dad owned and store Paul's Market we all shopped at as children. So many people who Walter knew from his 28 yrs at St Lawrence O'Toole Church in Brewster. Many Choir members.

Jane Pratt played the keyboard transported by her family. Walter and Jane played many services at St James and Our Lady of The Lake Church through the years.

Rev. David Frost held an beautiful service and grave side Committal Music service accompanied by singing led by Gretchen and Gary Brokaw.

I personally want to Thank Rich Hazzard and his family from Beecher and Dwyer Funeral Homes for taking care of all arrangements. Walter, Carol and Rich were personal friends for many years.

Thank you all for being part of this wonderful send off.
LM

Linda Macri

Posted at 12:33pm
Walter was always there for anyone who needed him. And Richard Mills will miss his friendship. But will always love him.
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Stephen A. Egan

Posted at 08:21pm
Walter was always happiest at the piano or organ bench followed closely by laughing uncontrollably while delivering a joke. I am grateful for the memories I have of younger days with Walter and our small group of friends.
Walter was extremely generous with the gifts he was given: a kind heart, positive attitude, and strong faith.
He will always be remembered by me with a smile - and all who knew him share your loss.
To Doreen, Christine and family, my deepest sympathies.
Steve Egan
MG

Mary Gansert

Posted at 09:17am
Walter you will always be remembered for your kindness and the joy you brought with you music love mary
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Domenico Palmieri

Posted at 09:49pm
I 1st met Walter It was around the time I had my confirmation at Saint Laurence O'Toole church in Brewster New York.. Walter would invite me to go up stairs and sing with him during Sunday mass For over a decade. When My wife in myself got married at Saint Lawrence O'Toole Walter was they're singing at my wedding ceremony. I saw him last a few months ago. He told me how much he missed singing at Saint Lawrence O'Toole parish. Walter me in my wife send most sorriest of condolences to your family. And hopefully you are in heaven and the protection of the Almighty God.
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