Spooner, Ward A., PhD. of Redondo Beach, CA (formerly of Old Bridge, NJ) entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 25, 2007. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the Funeral Mass at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA on Thursday, March 1 at 9:00 A.M. Also, visiting hours will be held at White & Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach on February 28, 2007 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Interment will be private. Dr. Spooner was the beloved husband for 38 years of Mrs. Lynn (Pulton) Spooner; devoted father of Erica Spooner and her husband Kurt Schmitt of Sunnyvale, California, Jennifer Spooner of Hermosa Beach, CA and Cristie Spooner of Redondo Beach; cherished grandfather of Sofia Spooner Schmitt; brother-in-law of Theodore Pulton and his wife Laura and uncle to one niece, Danielle and one nephew, Devin. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to Covenant House California 1325 N. Western Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90027 or Covenant House, 460 W. 41st Street, New York, NY 10036 or online at covenanthouse.com

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  1. I worked with Ward at State Street and US Bank, and admired his spirit and determination. He was friend with a sympathic ear, and a generous heart. My thoughts are with his family and friends, and Ward will be in my prayers.

  2. Dear Lynn, Erica, Jennifer and Christie, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Nick, your husband and father. He was always a gentle, fun loving guy. We have fond memories of him. You and he will be in our prayers. Let us know about the memorial in NJ. Love, Jim and Rita

  3. The images I have of Nick are connected to some happy memories of long summer days spent in Seaside Park, NJ. After a day at the beach, we’d gather on Aunt Jean and Aunt Stella’s porch surrounded by our close, extended family of cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. It’s taken me years to figure out all the connections. Lynn, Erica, Jenn and Christie, we celebrate Nick’s life. He was loving and kind and smart. He approached his illness with bravery, wit and a positive attitude, and he reminded us all to cherish life. Lisa Gelczis and Tyler Williams

  4. Dear Lynn, Erica, Jenny & Cristie, We wish we were right by your side to console and hug each of you. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We know that Ward is in Heaven and at peace. With Love, Kathy & Al

  5. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ward and I worked together as US Bank in New York, I will always remember him as an excellent corporate trust professional, teacher and mentor, and he will be missed.

  6. To the Spooners, My prayers and sympathies are with you as you go through this trying times. I worked with Ward at USBank for 4 years, he was the greatest. I always admired his knowledge and love for Corporate Trust. He will be missed dearly. Don’t forget the good times even when times get hard. All the best, Cindy W. Brown

  7. I was really saddened to hear about Ward’s passing. Ward was a great mentor to me at SSB and USB. My sympathy goes out to his family and close friends. I pray God’s peace to his loved ones.

  8. Lynn, We all miss you and share your loss. We are praying for you and Ward. God bless you. fr bob

  9. hi Lynn you know how sorry we are to have lost him. I am sure the Lord will keep him in His busom. love you elaine and charlie

  10. Lynn & Family, My deepest condolences to you and the family. Ward will be truly missed by many. He was definitely a teacher in all that he did and was always willing to help when he could. We worked together in Corporate Trust and my prayers will be with you and the family.

  11. Jen & Erica: I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you both at this time. with love, Brian

  12. God’s blessings to you. I am an employee at U.S. Bank in NY. I worked on several accounts managed by Ward. I was new to CT in 1993 when MGT sold the business. Ward conducted early Wednesday morning classes in corporate trust procedures. He taught me much about the corporate trust business. He took me to my first client business luncheon. I saw him when he visited last summer. Hello Grandpa, I said. He smiled. We talked about our new grandchildren and the joy they bring. A heart felt memory I give to you. Peace be with you. Patricia V. Marshall

  13. Dear Lynn, Erica, Jenny and Cristie, Thank you for sharing the pictures with us – they brought back great memories of Nick. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Michele and Ron

  14. I too worked with Ward at US Bank and remember his warm smile, his pleasure in serving as our trainer, and his calm professionalism when things got tough. He was a true gentleman. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and colleagues for the loss you all feel.

  15. Dear Lynn, Erica, Jennifer, Crisie and relatives, Our thoughts are with you at this time and forever. We will miss Nick, greatly. May God bless him! Louise and Steve

  16. Dear Spooner family, I have just recently learned of your loss. My heart and my prayers go out to your family. Thinking of you Jonathan

  17. Dear Mrs. Ward Spooner and family, I had the honor of working with Ward at State Street Bank in New York. I did not know he had been ill and was terribly shocked and saddened to hear about his passing. My heart and thoughts have been since been accompanying the Spooner family. Ward was a kind man and a good friend — whom I shall always remember with admiration. I am praying for the eternal rest of his soul. My sincerest condolences to all. Kembell Huyke 147-37 Beech Avenue Apt. 5-B New York, NY 11355

  18. Dear Lynn, Erica, Jennifer, Cristie, and Family, My family and I send our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We are so sorry. Nick was a wonderful man, and he touched many lives. I appreciated his positive emails as he was dealing with his illness. A favorite memory from my childhood is when he put Cristie on the coffee table, put some music on, and we watched her dance like crazy. He got such a kick out of it, as we all did. Lots of love from Ginny Gelczis, Mitch, Gabe, and Molly Diamond

  19. In relating a story about his own life Nick really helped me with mine. The details are fuzzy but the message was clear. Lynn and Nick were visiting in Calabash, NC and a group of us were sharing dinner at Ruth and Ed Peters’ house. I had recently decided to re-enter college to finish my degree in psychology. I wasn’t really leaving a great career in anything to do it, but I was older than the average college student. Nick was very positive and encouraging saying that a age 40 he himself had radically changed careers. It took courage but it was worth it. The message I took from that was don’t let fear of failure or feelings of being to old make decisions for you. You must live your life. For that I will forever be grateful. Thank you Nick and God bless the Spooner family. Matthew Gelczis

  20. I was deeply saddened by the news of Ward’s death. I first worked with him when he was with Morgan and in charge of Washington Public Power Supply System (now ENW) Project 1 and I was at Seafirst Bank. Through the years as countless mergers and buyouts moved us around we kept in touch via an occasional phone call and the exchange of Christmas Cards. He was a good friend and will be sorely missed.

  21. When Ward first started working in California he told me that as far as he was concerned one of his job duties was to make his boss look good. I thought I had gone to heaven when I heard that. Ward was always a pleasure to work with and I am glad that I had the opportunity to know him. We all miss him very much.

  22. To; Lynn and Family My deepest sympathy to you, and my his sole rest in peace. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. He will be missed. Love and God Bless

  23. To; Lynn and Family My deepest sympathy to you, and may his sole rest in peace. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. He will be missed. Love and God Bless

  24. Dear Lynn, Erica, Jen and Christie, I was so stunned by the news. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Nick could always be counted on to be there for my family in good times and in bad. I will be there with you in thought in California but in person when you come back to New Jersey. God just took one of His best!

  25. Dear Lynn and family, Jack, Erica and I send you our sympathy at this most difficult time. One of our memories is of taking your Erica and Jennifer and Matt to the Myrtle Beach amusement area when we were visiting Ted and Flo in Calabash. Upon our return home, the girls were very excited and could hardly wait to tell both Nick and Lynn that we (Jack and I) had let them ride on the roller coaster with Matt. Nick and Lynn almost fainted! Our prayers are with you all and Nick will be fondly remembered. May his soul rest in peace. Jack, Ursula and Erica Gelczis

  26. Dear Lynn & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. We will remember Nick always and all the fun times we had together. We are sure that Nick and Den are watching over all of us. Love, Kathy & Bill

  27. May the Lord help you and your family through this time of loss. I will always remember Ward as our teacher of Corporate Trust and he will be missed.

  28. Lynn: From an old friend from Newark NJ. My Mom was Nicky’s Godmother ( Kate Dunn Clickner) so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. He took pity on me and took me to my first prom! I will keep you all in my prayers. Kathie Mansfield

  29. Ward was a co-worker and a close friend. What always struck me about him was his sense of fairness and his compassion for people’s feelings. We were lunch buddies and would always have fun talking about sports and world events, but his family would always come up in the converstion. He loved them very much . My sincere condolences to Lynn and the family.

  30. Dear Spooner Family, My condolences to you on your loss. I am a graduate of Essex Catholic HS and was a student of Dr. Spooner’s in both a sociology and pyschology class. He was a favorite teacher of mine and I remember having fun conversations with him on the interpretation of dreams and the use of subliminal messages in advertising! He didn’t mind spending time with his students to talk about anything and he helped counsel me during a difficult time in my personal life. I want you to know that to his students and myself he made a difference. I am sure he will be missed by family and friends and I hope you can find time to celebrate his life during this difficult time.

  31. Dear Lynn & Family, Please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathies and condolences at this very difficult time. I am soooo sorry…he will be greatly missed by me and all his colleagues at U.S. Bank. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may God richly bless and comfort you. Wendy Kumar U.S.Bank-NY

  32. Dear Lynn & Family, My heart goes out to you at this most difficult time. I will always remember Ward as a patient teacher, mentor, and most importantly, a great family man. Jason Gregory (U.S. Bank – NY)

  33. We are all so sorry about Ward. He was so wonderful to have here and was respected and loved by everyone. People here were so excited to have Ward move from the New York office to the Los Angeles office because not only was he a great person, but also because he was so good at what he did. He was so knowledgable and he was a very patient and wonderful teacher. In the short time he was here, he really made a difference. He was a really good and kind man and we will miss him very much.

  34. My Mom was a bingo player. When she moved from Brooklyn to NJ, she needed to find a nice place to play bingo. Ward was kind in researching the area and came up with a wonderful daytime church bingo that she attended for many years until it closed down. When Statestreet’s Corporate Trust unit was purchased by US Bank, Ward took me aside to explain the facts of life at US Bank. I will always be grateful for his assistance and his frienship. My condolences to you his family.

  35. Jenn, Cristie & Lynn, Our prayers are with you at this time, asking God to provide you with comfort and peace in your hour of breavement.

  36. Dear Lynn, Erica, Jenny and Cristie: Such sad news. Nick or Ward or Spunky is up in heaven with Dennis and they are both now at peace and free from pain. They are sure to be playing golf and then lifting a pint together. Love, Peggy, Dan, Laura and Christopher

  37. Dear Lynn, Erica, Jen& Christie, We our very sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. He was a really great guy, that will be missed by everyone that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Patty PS The video brought tears to my eyes, thanks for taking the time to make it!

  38. My deepest condolences to all of Ward’s family. I, Jim Murphy and Ward went to lunch almost everyday for 2 years at US Bank. I worked with Ward during that time. He was a gentlemen, a wonderful family man, deeply respected and liked by his peers at work. He touched my life. I was proud to know him and call him my friend. God Bless.

  39. as one of dr.spooner’s students from his teaching days at essex catholic high school in newark,nj.,i know i speak for many of us in saying that we’re truly sorry to hear of his passing. “doc spooner” as we knew him, was a good man and one of the more memorable teachers i’ve ever had the privilege to learn from. he taught psychology and economics and had to unique ability to pass on his incredible knowledge to us and make difficult subject matter understandable. after graduation in 1982, most of us lost touch with his whereabouts, but never forgot him as the teacher he was. i only hope he wasn’t ill for long and may he rest in peace. can you provide us any information about his passing for us to pass on to his “jersey contingent”? thank you, danny j. farrell

  40. Jen and family — what a wonderful man. May you all be comforted by loving memories and the parts of your dad that live on in all of you. All my thoughts and prayers, Jillisa

  41. Dear Lynn and family, We are sure you do not know us, or that you have ever heard of our names, but through Ward’s friends in the U.S. we have heard of this very sad news. Please be assured that the people named below, who worked at the London offices of Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York and J. P. Morgan knew and worked with Ward, and they will remember him. We offer our sincerest condolences to you and all the family at this difficult time. Ian Hooker Gary Webb Ray Kipps Robin Thorogood Brian Leigh Graham Cox John Kellum Sally Easton 1st March, 2007 London

  42. To the family of Ward Spooner. Remember -“The Lord is my Strenth and my song: Exodus 15:2. Your husband, your father or your friend was a very unique individual. He will be missed by all that knew him personally. Knowing him and working with him over the years was indeed a pleasure. God be with you and your family.

  43. I knew Ward for a few years at State Street Bank, and met him in a training class he was conducting. I had the pleasure of meeting him again at US Bank, as he was involved in a training initiative there. He was a kind man, who will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace Ward.

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