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Wellsville’s native son John Spicer turns 100 on June 7

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 John, after the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department replaced his flag pole

Spicer’s family will hold an open house this Saturday June 4

By Andrew Harris

John Spicer has been in Wellsville for a century, officially on Tuesday June 7. This rare accomplishment will be marked by a gathering at Spicer’s daughters home in Wellsville this weekend. The public is invited to stop by to congratulate John and his family on one hundred years of life.

By every report this publication has received, John’s wife deserves most of the credit for his longevity. Eloise Spicer married John in Wellsville at the Christian Temple in 1947 after WWII ended. That marriage is still going strong after nearly 75 years and the Spicer’s still live together in Wellsville independently with the love of their three children who all live in Wellsville.

Like many of his great generation, John graduated from Wellsville High School in 1940 and enlisted in the US Navy right after the attack on Pearl Harbor. John’s daughter, Jennifer Sorochin, gives us a little more insight into her father and the upcoming celebration:

“A little more on Dad:  He is a lifetime member of the Christian Temple Church, he worked at Preheater for 35 years before his retirement.  He is a lifetime member of the Wellsville Fire Department with the McEwen’s, former member of the Wellsville Lions Club and Father of three (Sue Neal, John Spicer Jr. and Jennifer Sorochin), Grandfather of 8, and Great Grandfather of 7.  The Open House will be held at my home, 63 Hills Street in Wellsville from noon until 2pm.”

He is a remarkable man with many tales to tell

Jennifer Sorochin
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