Life was richer if you knew Scott Robert Spoerl. It was “AWESOME.” His kindness reached everyone. He frequently said, “All good.” His love of the earth and the environment touched many. Scott fought courageous ten year battle with brain cancer, he never complained. The world is a better place because of him. Scott, 43, of New Providence, New Jersey, died peacefully surrounded by his family on June 9, 2016.
Scott was born to Ron and Janet Spoerl on November 17, 1972, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In his early life there he loved to engage with friends, sing in his church choir, play sports, wrestle with his brother Ben, and walk the fields of his grandparent’s farm. At age 13, he moved to New Jersey and embraced the life of a New Jerseyan. He attended Glen Ridge High School before graduating from Muhlenberg College with a BA in History and Political Science.
There, he met the love of his life, Julie Boulanger Spoerl. They loved to dance together and were always surrounded by great friends! This proved to be the pattern for the rest of their lives together. Later, after graduating from Rutgers Newark Law School, Scott worked in several positions before settling as a Safety Health Environmental Attorney for Unilever. He helped establish safety guidelines and worked for sustainability. Through Scott’s efforts, all Unilever plants across North America became zero landfill. The earth is a better place because of Scott’s efforts. His colleagues marveled at his ability to kindly, but directly deal with people. Many folks know he especially liked to travel to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream plant in Vermont. Vanilla was his favorite.
The outdoors captured Scott; he enjoyed gardening, playing with his kids ~he was a great dad!~ and walking our dog, Lucky. When at the beach with his family, especially Nantucket and Turks and Caicos, Scott could be found tossing a ball, riding the waves, and basking in the sun. An avid sports fanatic, he loved rooting for his favorite teams: the Iowa Hawkeyes and New York Giants. Scott appreciated a great meal and loved to cook.
Scott loved to talk! He and Julie delighted in visiting with family and friends, throwing parties, attending kids’ activities, and relaxing at home. He treasured his friends, the neighborhood, and the warmth of the New Providence community.
Scott is survived by his wife, Julie, daughter, Paige Elizabeth, and son, JJ (John Jay) as well as his parents, Ron and Janet, brother, Ben and his wife Laura and their children, Katelyn and Brooke, and his grandmother Barbara Newhall. Scott has many more relatives he treasured dearly; he will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home, 299 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901. A funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church, New Providence, 1307 Springfield Ave, New Providence, NJ 07974. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Voices Against Brain Cancer, c/o Adam Klipper, 1441 Broadway, Suite 3025, New York, NY 10018 NJ 08812, The Brooke Healey Foundation, PO BOX 981, New Providence, NJ 07974, and or the Presbyterian Church of New Providence. For more information or to send a condolence, go to www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.
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