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Norman L. Spoonley, retired plant manager July 8, 1923 -- Sept. 17, 2005

Norman L. Spoonley of Orchard Park, a retired plant manager, died Saturday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park, after a struggle with cancer. He was 82.

Born in West Seneca, he was a graduate of South Park High School. He worked in manufacturing management for General Electric Co. in Buffalo for 30 years, then served as plant manager for Scott Aviation for 14 years, retiring in 1985.

A member of the Orchard Park Volunteer Fire Company for 46 years and a life member at the time of his death, Mr. Spoonley was president, vice president, secretary and served for 20 years as chairman of the company's annual fund drive. He also served for 20 years on the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Mr. Spoonley was a member of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Stephen Minister. He was a member of the American Red Cross Century Club for donating 100 pints of blood. A longtime Orchard Park Republican committeeman, he was named Republican of the Year in 1978.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Hazel M. Olsen; a son, Douglas B. of Orchard Park; three sisters, Frances Tross of Temple City, Calif., Shirley Henderson of Glendora, Calif., and Muriel Bruce of Reno, Nev.; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.


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