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“To the Spencer family I am so sorry to hear about Paul (Dad) passing Great guy and family friend ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Jeff McCarthy - Everett, MA

“Dear Arlene and family,My deepest sympathy in the loss of PJ. I have fond memories of seeing him at my cousin Kenny Foss's house over the years with...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Janet Lundstrom - Malden, MA

“Dear Arlene and family, ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Janet Lundstrom - Malden, MA

“So sorry to hear that Paul has passed on, I remember him well with all the Alderman and their dedication to the city, my thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Susan Cinella - Melrose, MA

“John our deepest condolences to you and your family, may your lasting memories of your dad get you through this difficult time, thinking of you,...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Sherri Dolan - Hamilton, MA

“To The Spencer Family Just Want To Say How Sorry We Are To Hear Of Your Dads Passing.He Was A Great Guy Who Will Be Missed By Many God Bless You All...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Ernie Karelas - Melrose, MA

“I would like to extend my sympathy to the Spencer Family.PJ was always willing to help and discuss our city activities.Bob Varney ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Bob Varney - Melrose, MA

“Dear Spencer Family, So very sorry about Mr. Spencer. The neighborhood will not be the same without him. We all have very fond memories of him and...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Diane Hamilton Ardizzoni - MA

“So sorry for your loss. I'll always remember Mr Spencer as a funny, quirky, guy. Always telling jokes when he came down to the hardware store with...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: dottie lamson-whittier

“Paul and I ran against each other twice for Alderman Ward 7. Both campaigns, were hotly contested, and yet I do not remember an uncivil word coming...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Timothy O'Leary - Wakefield, MA

“So sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I have such wonderful memories of him in our neighborhood growing up. He always had a joke or funny story to...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Mark Wilder - Reading, MA

“My sincere condolences to the Spencer Family.Mr. Spencer was truly dedicated to the City of Melrose and he was genuine, he was always willing to do...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Mark DeCroteau - Melrose, MA

“Mr. Spencer was always such a character to speak and joke around with at the ole Spencer House parties on Maivern bak n the day! Such a nice guy, my...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Tom Penney - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Condolences to the Spencer family. I remember one night in the barn during a storm, your Dad was waiting for the power to go out so his generator...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Greg Sarni - Groton, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Paul J. "PJ" Spencer passed away at the VA Hospital in Bedford on Monday morning November 7, 2016. He was 86 years of age. Mr. Spencer was born in Melrose on March 20, 1930 to the late Thomas & Gertrude (Keenan) Spencer. He was raised in Saugus and Malden, and graduated from Malden High School, Class of 1950. He also earned an Associate's Degree from Northeastern University. Paul served his country with pride in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Spencer worked as a contract administrator at Raytheon for 35 years, retiring in 1992. A resident of Melrose since 1955, Paul was very involved in local politics and served on the Board of Alderman for over 15 years for the City of Melrose. He was also a commissioner at the Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose for many years. Mr. Spencer was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Melrose Elks, and was a member of a local AMVETS. Paul was well known in his neighborhood for his large vegetable garden and could always be found in "The Barn" working on cars or doing small engine repairs. He loved going up to his place on Long Lake in Maine and spending time out on his boat. But most of all he loved his family especially all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mr. Spencer was the beloved husband of 61 years to Arlene E. (Sullivan) Spencer. Loving father of the late Paul J. Spencer Jr., Peter Spencer & his wife Patty, Amy Blades & her husband Thomas Sr. and John T. Spencer all of Melrose. Caring brother of Audrey Bertrand of Saugus, Joyce O'Leary of TN and the late Thomas F. Spencer Jr. John Spencer, Gerald Spencer, & June York. Cherished ... READ MORE →