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Joseph G.  Speir  

Joseph G. Speir

September 29, 1988 – November 23, 2014

Joseph G. “Joe” Speir, age 26, of San Diego, CA and formerly of Newark, DE and Perryville, MD, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Born on September 29, 1988 in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of Gordon D. Speir and Deanna M. (Orr) Speir.

Joe was a graduate of Sanford School (2006) and Wilmington University (2010), where he majored in Computer Network and Security.

Following graduation from college, Joe utilized his many computer skills working as a computer network and security technician for NetCentric/Vistronix and CSC Corporation, both in Aberdeen, MD, as a sales representative for Circuit City in Newark and most recently as a share point administrator for Jack In The Box in San Diego, CA. He loved his vocation and was highly regarded among his peers for his knowledge and dedication.

Although Joe’s life was short, he lived it to the fullest. He was well known for his sense of humor and was quite the prankster and jokester. He took great pride in his Mustang, loved spending time with his family and friends and enjoyed good food and traveling. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching and attending Flyers, Ravens and Orioles games and watching WWE. Joe will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and dear friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers, Alan S. Speir and Thomas O’Hara; maternal great-grandfather, Nathan Orr; maternal great-grandparents, Frank and Clara Pascal, and his best friend, Michael D. Aulisa.

Joe leaves many fond memories to his loving parents, Gordon and Deanna of Elkton, MD; brother, Kenneth A. Speir of Newark; maternal grandparents, Donald A. and Ann Orr of Newark; maternal great-grandmother, Shirle Orr of Zephyr Hills, FL; paternal grandmother, Helen O’Hara of Newark; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and especially by his faithful canine companion, Boston Terrier, Mayzie.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday morning, December 6, 2014, at The Chapel of All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11:30 am. Entombment in the adjoining cemetery will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders – F.E.A.S.T., P.O. Box 11608, Milwaukee, WI, or by visiting

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  1. Ree Cinelli, November 28, 2014

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.- Ree,Kodi,Niki Cinelli

  2. Peggy and Lou Parisi, November 28, 2014

    Our prayers and thoughts are devoted to The Speir family. Our memories of Joey will continue a lifetime. May we all feel God’s loving arms around us at a time of confusion, sorrow and cherished memories. God Bless you Joey!

  3. Mary and Gary Stokes, November 28, 2014

    Joey will be sadly missed on our street. He was always ready for a fun time and age never mattered. He treated us like friends and we enjoyed every moment of our time with him. We will miss his warm smile and the way it lit up his beautiful face! We love you Deanna and Gordon and we are praying for you and your family at this very sad time.

  4. Tom and Cathy Allinder, November 28, 2014

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Remembering all the good times you had together may give you comfort at this time.

  5. Jade Villalon & Nino Mendiburu, November 28, 2014

    There are never the right words in the face of such loss. But please know that we send our love and support and that we will be thinking of you in the days ahead.
    Love Jade & Nino

  6. Kristin Thompson Devoe, November 28, 2014

    Gordon, Deanna, Donnie & Ann, So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  7. Darryl Draper, November 29, 2014

    Prayers for Deanna, Gordon, Mayzie, family, co-workers, others whose lives he touched and those he left with special memories. Rest in Peace my very Friend.

  8. Dolores Cantagallo, November 29, 2014

    My deepest sympathy to you and Gordon. Shocked and saddened by his death. I’ll always remember his smile! God bless you Joey.

  9. The Bonavita Family, November 29, 2014

    Our memories of Joey and Emily will live with us forever. Joey has a soul that is rare to find. We are so very sorry that he was taken from us all. Deanna, Gordon and Kenny, you are in our prayers. All our love. Jason, Dawn, Emily, Evie, and Elle.

  10. Lauren Rowe, November 29, 2014

    My thoughts and prayers to The Speir family. I’m so very sorry for your loss!

  11. Gail Brown, Sarah Bare, and Steve Bare, November 29, 2014

    So very sad to hear the news. Your family has been in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

  12. Joanne DiEmidio, November 29, 2014

    i have very fond memories of Joe from my years spent teaching at Tutor Time. He was always smiling and was quick to crack a joke. Your family has constantly been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard the news. I hope you can take comfort knowing that he is at peace.

  13. Lorraine Hoffman, November 29, 2014

    My heart goes out to you two. You know I completely understand your devastating news having been through it 7 months ago. Greg and I will make a contribution to the organization as you requested. Please be sure to contact us to talk, cry, ask why, be angry and just to talk. I am so so sorry.

  14. Steven @ Sandra Minner, November 30, 2014

    To the Spier Family

    Please accept our dearest sympathy on the loss of your son. Although we did not know Joe, he was friends with our son Chris Minner. Chris told us how Joe and him met at Circuit City, and then how excited he was when he moved out to San Diego where Chris is now. He also told us how kind and generous he was and how Joe bought tickets to the Flyers game for Chris for his Birthday and they were to attend next week.

    What a wonderful young man with a kind a generous spirit! May God Bless you and your Family you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Minner Family

    Steve, Sandy, Steven Jr. and Chris

  15. Ameer, December 1, 2014

    So terribly saddened to hear about Joe’s sudden passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those he left behind.

  16. Jan Mink, December 2, 2014

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. Our hearts go out to you at this painful time. We hope you are able to wrap yourself in warm memories of Joe to help ease your grief.

    The Mink Family

  17. Patrice and Jeff Kinney, December 4, 2014

    Only knowing Joe for a brief period of time, we really enjoyed being in his presence. Fun, filled with energy, with a obvious love for family and friends!
    The impact Joe leaves behind will have a beautiful ripple effect, continuing to touch other lives for a long time to come. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.
    Praying God’s comfort and encouragement will give you and your family peace.
    In our thoughts~ Patrice & Jeff Kinney

  18. Kirisha Brooks, December 6, 2014

    Joey will always be remembered and never forgotten for his amazing spirit. Deanna, Gordon, and Kenny , your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  19. Larry Benson, December 7, 2014

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I pray that you and your family will find peace in this time of sadness. You remain in my prayers.

  20. Neal & jean Leighton, December 8, 2014

    may God be with you in your time of sorrow. We miss being so far away from family but think of you often and follow you on face book. LOVE FROM THE LEIGHTON FAMILY BACK IN MAINE

  21. Brian & Kathy Campbell, December 12, 2014

    Don,Ann and Family we are so very sorry for the loss of Joe,your loved one. We have you in our thoughts and prayers Peace be with you all.

  22. Eugene Campbell, December 15, 2014

    Donald and Ann, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time. Gene and Rita


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