David G. Spafford

David G. Spafford - Rochester Cremation

David G. Spafford, age 80, peacefully passed away on Thursday September 22, 2022 at Highland Hospital.

He is survived by his wife Darlene Spafford, son Dale Spafford(Michelle), daughter Darla Spafford-Davis, sister Judy Carney(Ed), his five granddaughters Maya Davis, Ella Davis, Rosa Davis, Rachel Spafford, and Nicole Spafford, Brother-In-Law Dale LaDue(Louise Jesserer), nephew Tim Carney, and nieces Kelly Gerber(Ken), Deanna LaDue, and Amy LaDue and many loving great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father Horatio G. Spafford and his mother Helen Spafford.

Calling hours will be held at Pinnacle Lutheran Church, 250 Pinnacle Road, Henrietta 14623, on Friday September 30th from 6-8pm and Saturday October 1st from 10-11am. A memorial service will follow at 11am with a reception after. 

The Spafford family would like to thank Krissy, Asia, Jessie, Stephanie, Geraldine, Shayla, Tiwanda, Laurie, Vanessa and Barbi for their loving care given to David over the past few months.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s honor can be made to Pinnacle Lutheran Church.

21 Condolences

  1. Scott josephson on September 26, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    A great man in every sense of the word! He was a great influence on me my entire life! I will miss his smile and soothing but commanding voice! He was my second dad and l loved him very much! But I will carry his memories and teachings with me always and I see his spirit in my best buddy dale that has been my friend and brother since we were 5 years old. I am very thankful for papa sperf for helping me to be the man and father I am today
    Love ya papa Sperf you’re always with me.

  2. Dale Spafford on September 26, 2022 at 2:04 pm

    You Rock Scotty!!

  3. Judy reed on September 26, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    So very sorry for your loss

  4. Cousin Kerry on September 26, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    I grieve for your loss. He will be missed.

  5. Rob and Meg DeRidder on September 26, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing. We have many memories of him at Aunt Ruthie’s house. Sending love and prayers of comfort.
    Rob and Meg DeRidder

    • Dale Spafford on September 26, 2022 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you! Great memories at Aunt Ruthie’s!!

  6. Dale Rucker on September 26, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for all he touched and the Spaffords.

  7. Shawn Hooper on September 26, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Pops was a great funny man who always had a smile on his face when I saw him. One of my favorite memories of him was a time in the old Henrietta Wegmans and he rolled a two liter of soda down half of the aisle to me. I had to be around 15 or 16. He was an adult who would joke around like a kid and it made me like him more! RIP Pops!!

  8. Mark Capuano on September 26, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    I always referred to him as Uncle Sperf. I had an amazing privilege of knowing him as a kid growing up and then when I returned from LA 14 years later as an adult.
    He played many different major roles in Pinnacle Lutheran Church. Thiings hasn’t been the same for me without is smiling, laughing face. He brought me into the Elders trained me and watched over me. We use to joke all the time while being active in the church and quick to laugh and smile.
    He was truly a great man! I’m glad he is now with our Lord and all the stress, afflictions, and tears have been washed away. He is safe and secure with his Heavenly family and one day we will all be reunited.
    Love You Uncle Sperf.

    • Corey Josephson on September 26, 2022 at 7:21 pm

      I will always remember him as poppa sperf. He was my second father in life and he taught me how to be a better person. With his warm comforting smile and honest advice, I could always count on him for anything. He showed me how to think with my head and follow my heart. His physical form is not here, but everywhere I look, something reminds me of his spirit. His son Dale and I have been together since age 5.i am blessed and honored to have known him. I love you Poppa Sperf. I can take it from here.

      • Heather Harman on September 30, 2022 at 7:17 pm

        What a beautiful tribute.💗

        You were so lucky to have Mr Spafford in your life.

        I am sure that he felt blessed to have you in his, as well. ♥️

  9. Holly Zufelt King on September 26, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He and his wife exemplified a good healthy relationship which I was fortunate to see when i was younger.

  10. Tony Underwood on September 26, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Always a man with a smile and a welcoming expression on his face. Mr. Spafford was a kind man with a great sense of humor. I met him when I was about 6 years old, this after meeting my first friend in Henrietta, his son Dale. I recall Mr Spafford liking to cook on the grill and camp during the summer. I remember him cooking burgers outside on the grill, he used to try them before they were cooked, I guess he wanted to make sure they were delicious for his family, I think he just did it for fun. I also remember Mr Spafford coming home from a camping trip with his entire left arm sun burned from having it out the window for the entire time while driving home. But most of all I remember Mr Spafford making his home the place that all wanted to be, all could be, and all were. RIP

  11. Julie Pierce Moeller on September 26, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    My heart is so heavy after hearing this sad news. He was so kind and thoughtful. I’ll never forget the Marigolds he would toss in the driveway on the way by. Its the little things that he did to make you feel special.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family..
    To Dale-my love and hugs.

  12. Karen Josephson on September 27, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Every December 6 on Viscount… he instilled great fear in the twins on their birthday. I remember the first time I witnessed the paddling. They knew he was coming, they could hear his deep voice in the distance. They scrambled and scurried to get away, but to no avail! What great laughs! He was one-of-kind ❤️

  13. John S. Frank on September 27, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Papa Dave, Mr. Dave, It was an honor to hang with you and your lovely wife on various occasions over the years when the girls were little. You were a kind and gentle Man with a great smile and laugh. You helped create and nurture a lovely Daughter and 3 awesome Granddaughters. Be at peace. We will watch over those left behind and carry on your love.

  14. John Infantino on September 27, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Dale, I am sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your dad used to come in my department when we worked at Xerox in Webster. You always knew David was present because of his laughter. I don’t remember seeing your dad with a sad face. Always a smile on his face. Just a good guy.

  15. Jack Dees on September 28, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Brother in times like this remember the good times you had with him. God picked one of his flowers he planted. I hope as a family you guys lean on each other. I pray for the peace that passes all understanding for your family. Love you bro.

  16. Heather Harman on September 30, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    There are not enough good things to say about Mr Spafford.

    I don’t have all the right words to express my feelings about him, nor my sadness, grief, & loss in his Passing…nor my sadness, & grief, in watching & knowing what his poor family is enduring, in losing his bright, beloved presence in their lives.

    He is–






    WONDERFUL, excellent, Loving, devoted, beloved, STERLING Father;

    Exceptional, excellent, Loving, devoted, & STERLING husband;

    Amazing, Loving, beloved, devoted, doting, STERLING Grandpa;

    Amazing, Loving, beloved, devoted STERLING Uncle;

    Excellent provider, protector, teacher, guide, nurterer, pillar, guardian, & everything necessary, possible, & beyond, to his family;

    Excellent, devoted, generous, giving, Loving, Honorable, responsible pillar to his community;

    Responsible, generous, Loving, luminous man of Faith, & man of God;


    He was so gentle, kind, caring, giving, & affirming to me, as a child & teenager, as a young adult, & as an adult returning home, & so very welcoming in his home, & family, & being.

    The Spafford home & family has always been my second home & family, & he was my second Father.

    And, he always offered & made sure I understood the importance of a salad with dinner. 😉

    One of my fondest memories of childhood is Mr Spafford coming to find me & Darla, wherever we were hanging out, riding in a little cart, pulling up, ringing the bell three times, & saying “want a salad?”. 🙂

    Losing him has been a terrible, terrible blow to his family, to me, to his community, & to everyone who was blessed to have him in our lives, or even just touch our lives.

    Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

    God Called one of his choicest Angels Home…

    …But, this realm is darker, colder, & lonelier without Mr. Spafford’s kindness, gentleness, Love, bright, bright numinous Light, caring, & example, here–to warm, support, strengthen, & guide us.

    Though, we are certainly blessed by our memories, & the warmth, kindness, Love, & example he leaves us, & the amazing children & grandchildren, & neices with whom he has blessed this Earth, & all those lucky enough to call them family, friends, neighbors, & community.

    The Father, husband, Grandfather, Uncle, community-member, man, & human that he has been leaves us great blessings AND a template to which we can all aspire–male, female, whatever sex & gender–to excell as humans, husbands, wives, partners, Mothers, Fathers, Parents, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, family, neighbors, & members of our communities.

    I am so grateful to have been blessed to know him & have him in my life, & to have his example to show me the kind of human that I want to be.

    Fly free Papa Spafford. ♥️

    I am so glad that you are free of the pain, illness, darkness, sadness, evil, & limitations of this realm.

    You are re-united with the God you have always Loved & served, so faithfully, diligently, & well.

    I look forward to being met by you, & offered a salad, when I Cross that Rainbow Bridge that leads me Home, as well.

    In the meantime, I miss you & I mourn you, & I long to know how best to help your family, in their grief, & loss, transition, & struggle to come to terms with you leaving this realm.

    I wish your family, friends, community, & all who know you, & Love you, & grieve your Passing, comfort, healing, strength, support, Love, Light, Hope, & ever-increasing peace.

    And, I wish us all the sure knowledge & comfort of knowing that they, we, will see you, hug you, & be reunited with you, in that place where peace, happiness, & Joy know no end…where families, & friends are together for Eternity…& we Live in Union with the Creator Who Loves us beyond what any of us can even imagine.

    Love, Light, Peace, & Brightest Blessings to all.

  17. Kieran on October 1, 2022 at 11:39 am

    Incredibly honored to have gotten to know and love Papa Spafford, so sorry to not be able to pay my respects in person but I left a donation in his honor<3 All my love to your family

  18. Frank A. Cicha on October 2, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    A wonderful Christian man who was married to another wonderful Christian woman. I know he is with Jesus. God Bless you both and your entire family.

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