Cleveland Robert Spencer, 63, of 121 Fairmont Avenue, New Haven passed away Monday, July 18, 2011 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Born in New Haven on July 19, 1947; son of the late Robert C. and Caroline R. Wolfe Spencer. Mr. Spencer was a huge NY Yankee’s fan; an avid reader; loved to fish and hunt; enjoyed John Wayne movies, photography, country music and spending time with his family. Brother of Donald (Roberta) Spencer, Douglas (Deanne) Spencer all of North Haven, Wanda C. (Ralph Esposito) Spencer of Cape Coral, FL, Dianne (John) Romano of Clifton Park, NY, Debra (Kevin) McDonnell of Ellenville, NY, the late Lawrence and Karen Spencer. Also survived by his longtime love Raffaela (Rae) Coppola, her son, William Coppola, Jr. and her grandchildren William Coppola III and Alyssa Coppola. Also Rae’s Aunt Dolores Acampora and her son Pat Acampora, Jr. Also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to express a special thanks to all of the staff at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital for all their compassion and support.
Funeral services will be conducted in the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue on Thursday morning at 10:00. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Wednesday (TODAY) from 4 to 7 pm. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Ctr. #3, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.