James Spiak

James Spiak

Wednesday, February 6th, 1929 - Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
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BRUNSWICK James Spiak, 92. Dad left this earth on April 6, 2021 for his heavenly journey. His life began Feb. 6th, 1929. Born to Cora F. Spiak and James “Mickey” Spiak in Grafton. He attended a two room schoolhouse in Brunswick, yet most of his education came from his grandfather Clarence Starks, known to him as “Pa Starks”. He met his future wife Marion Grimmick at Duncan’s Dairy Bar in Brunswick. They were married on April 9, 1950.

He was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean War. He worked many years with his dad at Spiak’s Garage in Brunswick. Dad and mom became the proprietors of Spiak’s Service Station in the early 1970’s.
Over the years he had many valued employees, several of whom went on to their professions of choice, always to come back for a visit. His longest employee was his cousin Karl Spiak (known as his “son”) who worked until the closing of the station. Karl continued to be his best buddy until the end.

Dad was known as a whistler and did so until the passing of his Marion in 2001. Hopefully now that the two are rejoined, he is whistling in heaven. He is survived by his devoted daughter Mary Jane Spiak of Troy as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 am at Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Rte.32), Waterford. Interment will be in Eagle Mills Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday from 4-7 pm.

As per pandemic regulations, masks are required, social distancing and occupancy limitations observed.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 4 Pine West Plaza #405, Albany, NY 12205.

Special thanks are extended to the staff at the Hoosick Falls Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Units A&B.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 12th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, April 12th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street (Rte. 32)
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 10:00am
    Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home
    133 Broad Street
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Jeff Silvernail
  • Interment

    Eagle Mills Cemetery
    Route 2
    Brunswick, NY 12180
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  • Army
  • Korean Service Medal
  • Lutheran Church


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Laura Lanoue

Posted at 08:07am
Deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of such a special man. Jimmy will be missed by All who knew him. He was like the ‘ MAYOR ‘ of Brunswick. He always had a smile on his face and whistling. We miss him he was the only person who would always help us with our cars whether pumping gas and or putting air in tires. No one was like Jimmy.
RIP Jimmy we love and miss you. You and Marion are back together again. ❤️🙏
The Lanoue’s

Cheryl Ginsburg Smith

Posted at 08:55pm
Your dad was truly one of a kind &
will be missed by many.
Godspeed Jimmy 💕
The Ginsburgs

Sheryl Centanni Posted at 10:59am

No truer words were ever spoken. Your Dad's kind heart brought light and joy to us all. RIP Jim. Mike and Sheryl Centanni

EEsther Sweett

Posted at 11:47am
so sorry you were a great friend over the years you will be missed Esther Sweet

Stephen Finkle

Posted at 09:47pm
Jim was the last of the gentlemen service station owners and a truly wonderful, positive person every time we stopped in. If he was busy I pumped my own gas, then ran my credit card through the imprinter and left his copy in the drawer. It's sad the world has moved so far away from those gentle, trusting days. Godspeed Jim.
Steve and Beth Finkle

Joanne Gallagher-Corey

Posted at 01:56pm
I was a customer of "Jimmy's" for 30 years. I considered him a friend. He was such a wonderful gentleman. During the gas shortage in the 70s he always had gas for his regular customers. He gave me advice when I was having car trouble. Mary Jane, my condolences to you. Joanne Gallagher- Corey

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