Robert J. “Spinner” Spinelli Sr., 81

Robert J. “Spinner” Spinelli, Sr.
Robert J. “Spinner” Spinelli, Sr.

Robert J. “Spinner” Spinelli Sr., 81, a resident of 107 Erie Street, Oswego, passed away, Friday March 26th, 2010 at SUNY Upstate.

He was the husband of the late Rose G. Reitz Spinelli.

Born in Auburn, NY, he was the son of the late George and Louise (Demassi) Spinelli.

Robert was previously employed as a bartender at the Three Rivers Inn, Baldwinsville.

He served in the US Navy.

Robert enjoyed golf, bowling and softball. He operated Spinners Sub Shop and was a card dealer in Las Vegas as well as an avid poker player.

Surviving are three daughters, Denise Spinelli of Oswego; Roberta (Mike) Fortier of Oswego and Karen Spinelli; one son, Robert J. Spinelli Jr. of Oswego; two brothers, James (Roseann) Spinelli of Auburn and George (Karen) Spinelli of Auburn; two sisters, Barbara Manzone of North Syracuse and Gloria DeMarco of Auburn; two grandchildren, Dillon Hawey and Giovanni Scozzari.

Two brothers, John Spinelli and Michael Spinelli, predeceased him.

Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Josephs Church, Oswego.

Calling hours will be held 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego, NY.

Online condolences may be made at


  1. I knew Bobby as a kid while I was growing up . Although Bobby was more of a friend of my father’s , John Mullin Sr. I always liked him . I am truly sorry for your loss .

  2. Karen, Denise, Roberta, Bobby, I am so sorry for your loss. It is a difficult time for you all, but your love for each other will get you through. Love Judy

  3. To the family of Robert Spinelli,
    I knew Robert for a long time and he was a great guy. I know he loved playing cards. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. To Denise and Karen i have known you for a long time. I am sorry to here about your dad. My thought and prays go out to you.

  4. Dear Denise, Roberta, Bobby and Karen
    I am saddened my the news of your Dad’s passing, I have many fond memories of him. If anyone was going to make you laugh it was him…. He cracked us up as a coach, sometimes it was hard to take him serious, but most times he really wanted to win, BAD. He was full of passion and love for life and his kids. I know he will be missed, take care of yourselves.


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