Daniel Allen Spooner, 57, of Mattapoisett died December 26, 2015 unexpectedly at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Allen and Maria L. “Lucy” (Goes) Spooner, he lived in Mattapoisett for the last 12 years.
Daniel was formerly employed as a commercial fisherman on several vessels of the New Bedford fleet. He later became a union representative for the Seafarers International Union in Maryland, Jacksonville, FL and Brooklyn, NY.
Mr. Spooner enjoyed working out at the gym, loved being by the ocean, quahogging, days at the beach, spending time with his grandchildren and the company of Graca and his dog “Carmine.”
Daniel was an athlete while at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School and had a desire to become a coach at the school and help others. A scholarship has been established in his memory to benefit student athletes and scholars.
Survivors include his fiancée, Graciana Silva of Mattapoisett; a daughter, Shana Spooner and her companion William Camacho of New Bedford; 2 sons, Daniel Allen Spooner, Jr. of Leonardtown, MD and Chad Lucas and his wife Heather of Acushnet; his former wife, Carol (DeMello) Garza; 2 sisters, Jean DeCoffe and her husband Murray of Mattapoisett and Bonnie Waite and her husband Richard of Acushnet; 5 grandchildren, Jiovani, Giana, King, Kailani and Averie; and several nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held on Thursday at 9 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, followed by his Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Daniel Allen Spooner Scholarship Fund, c/o First Citizens Credit Union, P.O. Box 1766, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.