William Paul Spanos
Torrance, Calif. — William Paul Spanos died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at his home in Torrance. The cause of death was an apparent heart attack. He was 66.
Spanos, “Billy,” as he was known, was born July 11, 1946 in Springfield, Mass. the son of Aristides (Harry) Vaios Spanos, and Eve Marie Whittaker Spanos of Newport, N.H. He graduated from Towle (Newport) High School in 1964 and attended the University of New Hampshire and Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. After college he married fellow UNH student Sandra Knowles, of Marblehead, Mass., and the two had one child, Gianna Lynly (Spanos) Seebach.
A carpenter among other occupations, Spanos was a gifted musician, athlete and award-winning orator. He played trumpet in a successful music combo, touring New England through his college years and while employed in the financial services industry near Boston. He moved west and spent much of his four decades on the coast in Hermosa Beach, Calif. earning some renown as the trumpeter at Los Angeles Laker basketball and Anaheim Angels’ baseball games – performing the Star Spangled Banner at both stadiums and other L.A.-area sporting events.
Friends and relatives recall a free spirit, a sense of humor ever on display and a warm heart. He loved sports and devoted the later decades of his life to the parishioners of King’s Way Community Church in Lomita, Calif., students at Nathaniel Narbonne High School in nearby Harbor City and the young men of the Bobby Brooks Youth Football League in San Pedro.
He was predeceased by his second wife, Noreen Thomas. He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Robert Seebach, Sr., and two grandchildren, Robert Jr., and Ashley Seebach, all of Huntington, N.Y. He also leaves three of Thomas’ nephews who he cared for as sons: Justin, Brandon and Isiah Thomas, all of Torrance.
Spanos also leaves two brothers: Timothy C. Spanos and his wife, Kelley, of Newport, and Peter V. Spanos his wife, Karin, of Sunapee. He leaves four nieces and nephews: Benjamin and Katelyn Spanos, of Newport; and Thea and William Spanos, of Sunapee.
Spanos’ sister-in-law, Moreen Wright, with the assistance of his daugher, oversaw a celebration of his life held March 23 at King’s Way. The family will also hold a local remembrance later this spring at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Newport. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Spanos’ name to the King’s Way Community Church, Pastor, Nori Hanaoka, 1748 251st St Lomita, CA 90717.