Vincent M. Spinoso, 73, owned auto repair shop

July 17, 2005

Vincent Michael Spinoso, retired owner of a Southeast Baltimore auto repair shop, died of lung cancer July 9 at his Hydes home. He was 73.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised in Little Italy above his parent's Gough Street grocery store. He was a graduate of St. Ann's parochial school.

Mr. Spinoso owned and operated Spin's Body and Fender Shop for many years on Holabird Avenue until he retired in 1995.

He restored antique and classic cars, including a 1956 Jaguar, 1938 Ford, 1956 Olds 88 and 1961 Lincoln Continental with suicide doors. He won awards for his restoration work.

Mr. Spinoso was an amateur actor and belonged to the St. Matthew's Players, the Spotlighters, St. John's Dramatic Club and the Sweet Air Players.

He joined the Knights of Columbus in Long Green in 1985 and achieved the rank of a Fourth-Degree Knight.

A Mass was offered Wednesday at St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Long Green, where he had been an usher for more than 30 years.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Bernadette R. Lidard; two sons, Stephen Spinoso of Parkville and David Spinoso of Hydes; four daughters, Susan Davis of Jarrettsville, Pamela Francik of Hunt Valley, Leigh Ann Carter of Joppatowne and Mary Spinoso of Towson; a sister, Palma White of Aberdeen; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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