Richard Edwin Spohr

Richard Edwin Spohr

ALTAMONT — Richard Spohr, a longtime Guilderland coach and teacher, “went home to be with his Lord” on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, his family wrote in a tribute. He was 87.

“‘Coach’ was known and loved by many for his kind and gentle spirit; his joyful sense of humor; and his smile, which came so easily,” his family wrote.

Mr. Spohr, known to his friends and family as Dick, was the beloved husband of Adella Walsh Spohr, known as Dell.

Together with his bride, whom he met while both attended Ithaca College, Mr. Spohr settled in Altamont in 1957 where he was a physical education teacher and coach in the Guilderland Central School District for 33 years, retiring in 1990.

The Spohrs enjoyed 60 years of marriage and built a family which included three daughters: Susan Anne, who died in 1979; Erica Terese, who died in infancy in 1962; and Carla Margaret.

“He found great joy in the company of his son-in-law Terry Jones; his beloved grandchildren, Spencer and Audrey Jones; and his many friends,” his family wrote.

His parents, George and Olive (née Neu) Spohr, died before him as did his sister, Olive Liguore, and his brothers, Robert Spohr and Thomas Spohr.

He is survived by his sisters, Georgiana Armond and Jane Huber, and by his brothers, Donald Spohr, and James Spohr.

A public memorial celebration will take place in the coming weeks.

“Dell and Carla wish to extend our gratitude to the community of Creekside and the myriad of friends, family, and strangers alike who have been of extraordinary support throughout our journey to return Dick safely home,” his family wrote. “Words cannot express what it has meant to each of us.”

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