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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Don Spellman~ Obituary

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Don Spellman.  The Spellman's are  long time residents of Southampton Shores. His parents were among the first residents here. 

May he rest in peace.


Don E. Spellman


Don E. Spellman of Pompton Plains, N.J., and Southampton, N.Y., was born on Oct. 9, 1933, and died on Sept. 11 2012, at Chilton Memorial Hospital. Burial services will take place this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Reformed Church Cemetery, 529 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains.

 A memorial service will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the First Reformed Church. Funeral arrangements are by the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains,

Mr. Spellman attended Gettysburg College before entering the Army, where he served as a tank commander. After leaving the service, he joined the Eppens Smith Co., the largest private label coffee and tea manufacturer on the East Coast, eventually becoming the company's vice president of sales and marketing. In 1966, he joined the J.L. Prescott Co. of Passaic N.J., a private label manufacturer of household and laundry products.

 As vice president of sales and marketing, he helped grow Prescott to the largest family- owned private label household products producer in the U.S. In 1979 during his service at Prescott, he helped form the Private Label Manufactures Association in New York City, becoming its chairman in 1983 and a member of its Hall of Fame. Mr. Spellman enjoyed the arts and he performed frequently with the local acting troupe, "Smoke Rise Players." He served as a member of the juvenile court system of Pequannock, N.J., and Morris County, N.J. He coached both PAL football and Little League baseball. An avid golfer, Mr. Spellman was a member of the Upper Montclair Country Club. 

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth; his five children, Donald (Mary), Pamela, Garrett (Kate), Karen (Richard) Cachion, and Kim (James) Quigley, and nine grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations to Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains or The Jersey Battered Women's Shelter of Morristown, N.J., would be appreciated.

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