Joseph A. Spiecker, of Warrington, passed away while surrounded by his family at Fox Chase Cancer Center on Friday, Aug. 24. He was 66.
He was born April 29, 1952, in Philadelphia to the late Alfred J. Spiecker and Doris Barrus Spiecker Desher. Raised in Hatboro, he was a 1970 graduate of Archbishop Wood High School and a 1974 graduate of St. Joseph’s University. He earned his MBA from Drexel University in 1985.
A certified public accountant, Joe began his career with the federal General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C., worked for the U.S. Navy at several facilities in the Philadelphia area, and worked in the finance and accounting departments of several corporations before launching his own accounting practice.
He was also quite passionate about sports, particularly baseball. An outstanding catcher and shortstop, Joe captained both the Archbishop Wood and St. Joseph’s University baseball teams and ultimately was inducted into the Archbishop Wood Hall of Fame and, just this past January, the St. Joseph’s University Baseball Hall of Fame. During his career, he played a high school game at Connie Mack Stadium, a college game at Veteran’s Stadium and spent one summer during college playing for Yarmouth Port in the prestigious Cape Cod League. For several years after college, he was an all-star for the Upper Moreland team in the semi-pro Pendel League. Even in his 50s, during an amateur batting practice he hit several balls out of Citizen’s Bank Park.
Following his baseball career, Joe also became just as fervent about softball, and played in as many as two leagues each year through the 2017 season. A terrific baseball and softball coach, he also coached his daughter Cindy’s Warrington AA team to the championship game of the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, in 1997, and later coached Warrington Blue Thunder fast-pitch softball teams.
Joe also was determined to see a game in all 30 major league ballparks, a goal he achieved when he enjoyed a Toronto Blue Jays home game with his wife of 39 years, Joan Van Stone Spiecker, in 2016.
In addition, Joe—who played football his last two years of high school—was a high school and Division II and III college football referee for nearly two decades, including officiating one Pennsylvania Big 33 Football Classic high school all-star game.
A loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by: his mother; his wife; two daughters, Amy Dedic (Emir Dedic) and Cindy Spiecker; two grandchildren, Niko and Una Dedic; sisters Cheryl Kehres and Lori Gordon and brothers Michael and Stephen; and three nieces and seven nephews.
Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday Aug. 29 from 6 to 8pm at the Shelly Funeral Home, 1460 Easton Road, Warrington, PA 18976. A visitation from 10-10:45am and funeral mass at 11am will be celebrated Thursday Aug. 30 at St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church, 856 Euclid Ave., Warrington, PA 18976, where Joe was a parishioner for 33 years.
Interment will follow at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, 3301 W. Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19150.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joe’s name to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111; www.foxchase.org/giving.