Claire L. (Burke) Spinney

Claire L. (Burke) Spinney of Tampa, FL and Mattapoisett, formerly of Needham, passed away on Sunday, October 28th at the age of 69. She was the beloved wife of Nicholas Spinney for 50 years.

Claire was born in Brighton to the late Patrick and Margaret (Madigan) Burke. She graduated from St. Columbkille High School and Newton College nursing program. She loved helping people and was a registered nurse in the public and private sector for many years.

Claire enjoyed the ocean, reading, and solving crossword puzzles.

In addition to her husband Nicholas, she is survived by her children, Donna Etchings and her husband Ted of Westwood, Nicholas Spinney and his wife Nancy of Wilmington, and David Spinney of Tampa; her loving grandchildren, Cameron Etchings, Jared Spinney, Eric Spinney, and Kyle Spinney; her siblings, Barbara Hickey, Kathryn Keane, Patricia Menjin, Peggy Ropple, Gerald Burke, Thomas Burke, William Burke and John Burke.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Mary T. Burke, Sr. Rosemary Burke, James Burke, and Joseph Burke.

There will be no calling hours and memorial services will be private. Donations to Fidelis Hospice & Pallative Care, 25 Railroad Square Suite 501, Haverhill MA 01832 are appreciated. For online condolence book, please visit

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