Lewis A. Spates, Jr.

  • Born: February 1, 1949
  • Died: February 2, 2019
  • Location: Danvers, Massachusetts

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923

Tel. (978) 774-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Lewis A. by adding your memories and photos.

DANVERS – Mr. Lewis A. Spates Jr. 70, of Danvers, beloved husband of Judith A. (Richmond) Spates, died Saturday evening, February 2nd, 2019 at the Blueberry Hill Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Born in Beverly, he was the son of Josephine M. (Hunter) Spates and the late Lewis A. Spates Sr. He was raised and educated in Danvers and was a graduate of Danvers High School. He continued his education at Salem State College, earning his Bachelor's Degree in English and at Northeastern University earning his Master's Degree in Education.

An educator for his entire professional career, Mr. Spates had been employed as a special education teacher at the Oliver School in Lawrence for many years. More recently he was an adjunct professor at Northern Essex Community College until the time of his retirement in 2018.

A loving husband and son, Lewis was an avid gardener. He took great pride in his gardens and he enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor, always giving his home-grown vegetables to family and friends. He was a lifelong resident of the Town of Danvers and a member of the First Baptist Church of Danvers.

Lewis is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Judith A. (Richmond) Spates of Danvers, his 109-year-old mother, Josephine M. (Hunter) Spates of Danvers, his cousins, Bruce Getchell of Danvers and Myron Peabody of Rowley, his beloved beagle Maggie and extended family. He will be deeply missed.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in the First Baptist Church of Danvers, Water St., Danvers, Thursday, Feb. 7th at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial in Wadsworth Cemetery, Danvers. Visiting hours in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Wednesday, Feb. 6th from 3 to 6 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Lew's memory to the First Baptist Church of Danvers, 1 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear aunt Jo and Judith so sorry to hear about Lewis.Love and prayers to you.Gloria Brown,daughter of Josephine Brown.

Posted by Gloria Brown - LINCOLN New Brunswick,Canada - Family   February 07, 2019

Dear Aunt Jo and Judith, Our family is so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. We will be thinking of you during these coming days and upcoming months.

Terry and Janet Hunter & Family
Necia (Hunter) and John Towers & Family
(Vincent Jr.'s Family)

Posted by Vincent and Barb Hunter Jr. - Astle, New Brunswick Canada - Family   February 06, 2019

Dear Aunt Josephine and Judith. So sorry to hear about Lewis. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sending love and prayers. Ruth Calhoun Currie & Rob

Posted by Ruth Currie - Nashwaak Village N.B. - Family   February 05, 2019

Sending thoughts and prayers your way. Sorry to hear this news.
Margaret Ann Baker
Great great niece of Josephine
Granddaughter of Mildred and Ralph Hunter
Daughter of Joe and
Frances (Hunter) Knowles
God Bless

Posted by Margaret Ann Baker - Tilley Canada - Family   February 05, 2019

Across the miles, we are thinking of you Auntie Lou and Judith at this difficult time.
Vic and I have fond memories when we visited you over the years in Danvers.
Lovingly Vic Jan

Posted by Vic Jan Spates - Yarmouth NS Canada - Family   February 05, 2019

Dear Aunt Jo and Judy, We are so very sorry for your loss and the sorrow that you must bear at this most difficult time. Our Love, Prayers and thoughts are with you.

Posted by Cousins Joan Davidson-Maelde, Irma Tapp and families - Fredericton Junction, NB, Ca   February 05, 2019

Lewis and I both were English as a Second Language Teachers at Northern Essex Community College. Lewis taught in the evening program and I taught during the day.
We met on occasion for special events for both day and evening teachers. I didn't know Lewis well, but I did know that he was highly respected and well-liked and was one of the pillars of the evening ESL program through the years. I experienced him as a kind and thoughtful man who loved his work. We ESL teachers at Northern Essex have a sense of community with each other and he will be missed.

Posted by JANE THIEFELS - HAVERHILL, MA - coworker   February 05, 2019


Aunt Jo and Judith, I am so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. When I last spoke to Lewis he told me he would love to come to Canada to meet his Canadian Cousins and to see his Mothers beloved Miramichi where she grew up, he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Janice Calhoun - Grand Bay-Westfield, Canada - Family   February 05, 2019


An old and dear friend who will be missed and remembered.

Posted by Regina Boratgis - Lynn, MA - Friend   February 04, 2019

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and prayers at such a difficult time as this. Sincerely, Alice Lipinski Tierney

Posted by Alice Tierney - Middleton, MA - Classmate   February 04, 2019

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Lewis Spates Jr., 1963
Aunt Jo, Uncle Lewis, Lewis Jr. Spates,their dog Lucky and my Dad (Carl Calhoun) 1963