Kenneth R. Spellman
Spellman, husband of Jane (Gordon) Spellman of Ipswich, passed on to be
with his Lord on Monday, June 10, 2019, after a long illness.
He has been a dedicated and caring husband, father, teacher,
worker and mentor to many.
teaching in the Ipswich Public Schools in 1964 and retired from teaching
at Ipswich High School in 2003.
He has continued coaching to present.
After graduating from Gordon
College in 1963, Ken began his teaching and coaching career at the Ralph
C. Whipple Middle School in Ipswich. In
1969, he began teaching and coaching at Ipswich High School, coaching
basketball, football and track. His
football coaching career spanned over thirty years and included eight
league and five state championships. He is best known for coaching Ipswich
indoor and outdoor track and was instrumental in the design and
implementation of the Ipswich track facilities, both indoor and outdoor.
The stadium track built at the Ipswich High and Middle School in 1999 is
now named the Ken Spellman Track.
During the summers throughout his college and teaching career, he
worked as head lifeguard for the Trustees of the Reservations at Crane
Beach until 1998, a job he loved, and allowed him to keep his athletes in
shape as well. After lifeguarding, he worked summers at Turner Hill Golf
since its inception. Ken loved
working in each of these capacities.
times for his successes and contributions to the athletes of Ipswich, Ken
was named Cape Ann League Coach of
the Year in 1993, 1995, 1997; Salem News Coach of the Year in 1994;
Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2007;
and received the Elliott Roundy Distinguished Service Award in 2003.
He was inducted into the Ipswich Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
Ken was an
extremely knowledgeable and great motivator who inspired his athletes.
to his wife he is survived by his two stepsons James Hull and his wife
Wendy, granddaughter Alexis, her husband Jeff Ames and great granddaughter
Haley all of Ridgefield, Washington, and Chad Hull of Ipswich.
He leaves his nephew David Spellman, his wife Maura and their
daughter Sarah of Natick, his brothers-in-law George S. Gordon and his
wife Juanita of Beverly and David F. Gordon and his wife Donna of Ipswich
and their families. His also leaves his Florida family who meant the world
to him, his niece Catherine Gall, her husband Rob and their son Dominic as
well as his sister-in-law Marcia Crook Alkema.
He will be sorely missed by all his friends and family.
service will be held 10 am Monday June 17 in the Byfield Parish Church,
132 Jackman Street, Georgetown, followed by interment in the New Highland
Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are cordially invited. Visiting
hours will be Sunday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High
Street, Ipswich. Contributions in Kenís memory can be made to the SEAL
Legacy Foundation, 2525 Wallingwood Drive, Building 1, Suite 214, Austin,
Texas 78746, a foundation close to his heart and in which he was
instrumental in bringing very successful fundraising events to this area
these past five years.
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