Obituary: Michael James Spellman

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Michael James Spellman

Michael James Spellman

Michael James Spellman, 84, of Franklin and formerly of New York City, passed away Dec. 3, 2019. 

Mr. Spellman was born in New York to the late Jack and Sophie Spellman. He was a 1952 graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School and later graduated from Fordham College and Fordham School of Law. He then received his Master’s of Law from New York University. 

He retired from Equitable Life Insurance Company in New York, where he served as vice president and corporate tax attorney.

"Pop," as he was known to his family, was a lover of history and trains and built model boats and planes. He entertained family and friends with conversation, trivia and stories. Those who met him will always smile every time they think of the Plandome train story and the laughter he had telling it. 

He had a way to bring calm to every situation and was the source for all who needed counsel. He loved his family immensely and devoted his life to Jeannette. He will be greatly missed.  

Michael was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin. 

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Spellman.

He’s survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeannette Spellman of Franklin; sons, Michael (Lisa) Spellman Jr. of Nashville and John (Catherine) Spellman of Seattle; daughter, Elizabeth (David) Vilga of Maineville, Ohio; and grandchildren, Michael (Devon) Vilga, Lauren Vilga, Blake Vilga, Anne Spellman, William Spellman, Michael Spellman III, Jack Spellman and Anthony Spellman. 

A celebration of life mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 with a reception to follow at St. Philip Catholic Church, and Father Bala will serve as celebrant. Private inurnment will take place in Williamson Memorial Gardens. 

Memorials may be made to St. Philip Catholic Church or a mental healthcare charity of your choice. 


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