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Street Renamed “John Spear Way” in Washingtonville

Mary Spear, wife of the late John Spear, stands with family members Eileen, Nancy and Michael, as well as with Assemblyman James Skoufis, Sen. William Larkin and others, beneath the new sign unveiled on Dec. 28, Spear’s birthday. (photo provided)

Assemblyman James Skoufis and Sen. Bill Larkin joined the Spear Family, St. Mary’s Church pastor Jeffrey Maurer, and local government officials for the unveiling of John Spear Way in the Village of Washingtonville. The portions of Route 208 north and south also known as South Street and Goshen Avenue are now John Spear Way.

“John genuinely cared about the community and devoted his life to making it better. It is gratifying to know that people fondly remember him and the family is honored to have a permanent memorial,” Spear’s wife, Mary, said.

“If there was ever a Washingtonville resident who deserved the honor of having a street named after them, it’s John Spear,” Skoufis said. “John was passionate about making our community a better place for everyone. From serving for 50 years on the village planning board to mentoring multiple generations of children in the CYO basketball program, he touched the lives of so many… The newly minted John Spear Way will serve as a testament to John’s love of the Washingtonville community and a celebration of his life of dedication and service.”

“John Spear was a deeply beloved and respected citizen of the Village of Washingtonville, and was a person who dedicated himself to enriching the lives of local residents,” Larkin said. “Renaming the road in his honor is a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated so much of his life to the betterment of his community and neighbors.”

“I would like to thank Senator Larkin and Assemblyman Skoufis for their work here,” Washingtonville Mayor David Heintz said. “John’s life deserves to be celebrated here as a memorial to all the lives he touched for the better.”

After the ceremony, a reception was held at the CYO Basketball building, which was started decades ago by Spear, who passed away in 2015.

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