David Spindel, 55, a former resident of Blaire House of Milford, passed away at Milford Hospital on June 14 due to complications of COVID-19.
Some of us breeze through life without a care in the world. And some, like Dave, are dealt a very difficult hand in life. Beginning with a brain tumor at age 6 and a subsequent diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis, he dealt with repeated surgeries and extended hospital stays, and was left blind in one eye due to the tumor placement. Despite that, he never complained and was the most polite person you could ever meet, with a “please” and “thank you” always ready.
Dave completed high school, graduating with the Milford High School class of 1983. But once again in his mid-20s that lousy hand was dealt to him in the form of a stroke, leaving him completely blind and without the use of his left side. But still Dave stoically accepted whatever came his way with dignity and grace. With the help of many caring home health aides and his totally devoted parents he was able to walk with assistance on the deck and wheelchair ramp his father built after the stroke.
Dave was a fan of oldies music, old TV shows and good jokes (and bad) and was a whiz at trivia!
After Dave’s mother’s death in 2004 and his own kidney surgery shortly after, the family had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move him to a nursing home. As difficult as that was, his devoted father was by his side every single weekday — all day. His sisters were by his side evenings and weekends tending to his feeding and other care. Our beloved brother was an “old soul,” had the sweetest personality and will live forever in our hearts.
David was predeceased by his mother, Frances Spindel, in 2004 and his father, Richard Spindel, in 2013. He leaves behind two sisters and their husbands — Kathy and Jim Herne and Terri and Joe Spindel of Milford — and many, many cousins, including the McIntyres of Hopkinton.
We wish to thank the doctors and nurses at Milford Hospital for the excellent care they provided and their exceptional kindness and compassion.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home. Due to current conditions, services will be private.