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Obituary: George H. Spellman Jr.

George H. Spellman Jr.
Remembering a Friday Night Hero: My Father. George H. Spellman Jr. (Sonny) passed away June 18, 2010 at age 77. A Locust Valley resident, born in Glen Cove on July 2, 1932 to Henry and Jollie Spellman, George attended Glen Cove High School, where he was a star athlete. A varsity state champion in track and field and his first love varsity football, making the Gridiron 44 two times. From the late ’40s through ’50s George was considered one of the best, if not the best, running back on Long Island.

After graduating from high school in ’51, George played football at Rider College, New Jersey, for a couple of years. A little time after college George had a tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles. But coming into camp slightly injured he didn’t make the team. He was asked to come back the following year, but declined. George went on to play semi-pro football in the ’50s with the Glen Cove teams with a very talented group of teammates, along with his older brother, the late “Buddy” Spellman. “Sonny” and “Buddy” were know as “here come the Spellman boys.”

During the early ’50s George met Wessie Cisco of Oyster Bay. Soon after, they were married in June of 1956. George worked at Grumman Aircraft for seven years before joining the Nassau County Police Department in 1963, Second Precinct., Hicksville. In 1968 George was promoted to detective at headquarters, the Community Relations Bureau. He retired in February 1984.

In addition to his wife, survivors included his son George H. III of Glen Cove and Glenn A. of Westbury and his sister Katherine Cullum of Glen Cove.