Veteran and longtime Clarksburg businessman "Dody" Spagnuolo dies at age 77

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | February 26, 2017
Antonio “Dody” Spagnuolo, age 77 and a longtime Clarksburg businessman, passed away suddenly on February 24, 2017 at his “happy” place, his gas station “Spags”, with his sons beside him. He was born February 25, 1939 in Gypsy, WV; to the late Antonio and Lucy Moschella-Spagnuolo.
 
Dody is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 32 years, Mary K. Talerico-Spagnuolo; five children, who worshipped and adored him, Lucy Renee Spagnuolo of Jacksonville, FL, Simeon Anthony Spagnuolo and wife Frankie Jo of Vero Beach, FL, Melissa Ann Spagnuolo-Lupinski and husband Gary of Lake Mary, FL, Mario Brian Spagnuolo and wife Lora of Bridgeport, WV and Eric “Jason” Belcastro and wife Jaime of Shinnston, WV; his most loyal friend in this world, his dog, Duke.
 
He leaves behind the joy of his life, eleven grandchildren, Breanna Bart, Zachary and Alec Spagnuolo, Mikayla and Olivia Lupinski, Antonio, Elizabeth and Lucca Spagnuolo, Anthony Belcastro, Kyler and Tyus Smallwood; two great granddaughters, Isabella Gump, Zoey Palmer. One infant granddaughter, Brittnai Bart, preceded him in death.
 
Dody was one of thirteen children; he is survived by his sister, Carmella Ewart and husband Jack of Good Hope, WV; and one brother, Ralph Spagnuolo and wife Viviane of Shinnston, WV. He was preceded in death by eight brothers, Edrick, Roger, Louie, Pete, Joey, Neil, Manuel, Antonio, Jr.; two sisters, Mary and Anna Mae. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
 
Dody owned and operated Spag’s gas station and Spag’s Bail Bonds on Chestnut Street in Clarksburg, for over 40 years. He was an excellent mechanic and serviced several local businesses and friends in the Clarksburg area.
 
Dody was a veteran, having proudly served in the US Air Force. He was an avid racing fan and bore a striking resemblance to the legendary Dale Earnhart, who just happened to be his favorite driver of all times! Dody built and raced dirt track cars for many years and also instilled his love of racing in his sons.
 
He was an animal lover, always rescuing homeless pets.
 
Two of the things his family loved about him were his huge and compassionate heart, and that he was funny and didn’t know he was funny! He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to so many and our lives are forever better for having him in them. He will be missed tremendously by all who knew and loved him.
 
Family will receive friends at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 S. Pike Street, Shinnston, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 4:00-8:00pm and Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 10:00am-8:00pm, with a prayer service at 7:30pm. A Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10:00am with Father Akila Rodrigo, celebrant. Interment will follow in Shinnston Memorial Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to DorseyFuneralHomeWV.com. Dorsey Funeral Home is honored to assist the Spagnuolo family.

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