Obituary of Harold A. Spotts
GATES - Hal passed away peacefully, September 4, 2018, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Hal was born in Rochester and raised in Charlotte. Hal is predeceased by his parents, Foster & Evelyn Spotts; brothers, Bob Spotts, Jim Spotts; son James DeCarolis. He is survived by his loving wife Mary Jane (Simonelli)(DeCarolis) Spotts; children, Lisa Wood, Hal (Satomi) Spotts, Jr., Suzanne (Billy) Parsons, Cathy (Mark) Rausch, Michael (Meredith Messinger) DeCarolis, Patty (Rick) Monnat & Joey DeCarolis; grandchildren, Kristina, Angela (Frank), Brent (Karla), Chad, Aaron, Marco, Kelsey, Melissa, Joey, Michelle & Stephanie; greatgranddaughter Ella; several nieces & nephews. Hal was a US Navy Veteran, a retiree of Eastman Kodak and an avid New Orleans Saints Fan. For more information about Hal please visit www. bartolomeo.com
Hal’s life story will be shared during his visiting hours, Friday, September 7th, 3-7 PM at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.). His life will be celebrated at his funeral service, Saturday, September 8th, 10 AM at the Funeral Home, immediately followed by Hal being laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642 or to the Open Door Mission, 156 North Plymouth Ave., Rochester, NY 14608 in Hal’s memory.
Harold A. Spotts better known as Hal was born October 17, 1935 in Rochester NY. His parents, Foster & Evelyn Spotts family consisted of three sons, Hal, Bob & Jim. They made their home in Charlotte, NY. Hal served in the US Navy from 1952-1960. Serving his country suited Hal’s personality perfectly. His sense of order to things and the requirements of being in the Navy were a perfect fit.
Mary Jane & Hal were Married, February 11, 1978. Their two separate families came together as one. Mary Jane, their eight children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild meant the world to him.
Hal supported his family while working in the Film division of Eastman Kodak Company. After he retired Mary Jane and he thought it best to get Hal out of the house. He found himself then working at Wegman’s part time to keep himself busy. Before Hal enlisted in the Navy he was an excellent HS baseball player. He was so talented that he was offered a tryout by the NY Yankees. Ironically in Hal’s later years he regularly rooted against the Yankees and he became an Orioles Fan.
His love of sports included going to Red Wing Baseball Games, rooting for his favorite football team, the New Orleans Saints and his favorite Baseball Team, the Baltimore Orioles. During Hal’s freetime he enjoyed: hunting, fishing, watching and reading about sports, country music, watching old movies & game shows on TV, coaching youth sports, dancing, especially the jitterbug and the twist and spending time at OTB betting on the race horses.
Hal’s family shared the story of his glory days with a new hobby that never seemed to work out like he had planned. He had purchased a motorcyle, quickly he learned that for his safety and longevity, he might want to reconsider. After a couple of mishaps the motorcylce soon disappeared. Hal had a presence about him. He had the look of a handsome Marlboro Man. His sparkling blue eyes and flirtatious manner always caught the attention of others when he was in the room. He will be remembered for being: reserved, supportive, emotional, his sense of humor, steady personality, specific order to things, attention to detail and his love of family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him!