Lawrence A. Spann, known as Bud to family and friends, and as Larry in the Greenwich Fire Department, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2021.
He was born under the rockets’ red glare on July 4, 1930 to Lawrence D. and Alexandra Clarke Spann. He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1949. After graduation, Bud enlisted in the US Army. He was stationed in Okinawa as a heavy equipment operator/mechanic with the Corps of Engineers. He was honorably discharged in January 1953.
Bud married his “Ever Lovin” wife Betty on September 20, 1958. They were married for over 58 years before Betty’s death in 2017.
On November 12, 1968 Bud began his career with the Greenwich Fire Department as the Fire Equipment Mechanic. He spent nearly 19 years with the Department based out of Central Station. When not maintaining the equipment, he entertained many a school child on their field trips to the firehouse. He retired from the Town of Greenwich in August 1987.
Bud and Betty retired to Thompson, CT in 1988. He immediately became involved with the Quinebaug Volunteer Fire Department. He also joined the Thompson Memorial VFW Post 10088 and was quickly elected Quartermaster. He continued his involvement with both until he and Betty returned to the Stamford area in 2012.
In addition to his wife and parents, Bud was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law Lee and Tim O’Keefe, his nephew Peter O’Keefe and his sons-in-law Arnold Johnsen and Kenny Young.
He is survived by his son Charles and his wife Debbie of Sherwood, WI, his daughters Lori, Rosemary Johnsen and Leslie Young, all of Stamford, CT and his adored cat, Ophelia.
He is also survived by his nephew John O’Keefe and nieces Betsy Bellantoni and Cathy O’Keefe as well as many great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford on Saturday October 23, 2021 from 10 AM to 1 PM with a prayer service at noon. Interment will be privately held at a later date.
For the safety of all those attending, please wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either Thompson Memorial VFW Post 10088, 654 Quinebaug Road, Quinebaug, CT 06262 or to the Amogerone Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Inc., Central Fire Station, P.O. Box 121, Greenwich, CT 06836-0121
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