- 82 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 2, 1928
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Jul 29, 2011
- Place of passing:
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Dr. Antoine E. Spacagna, in his 82nd year, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, at his home in Tallahassee Florida on July 29, 2011.
Antoine was born to the late Antoine Spacagna and Marthe Spacagna, née Speicher, in Paris, France. In the United States he is survived by his first wife, Betty Jane Spacagna, née Anderson, and daughter,Valerie Spacagna of Rome GA. He is also survived by three grandchildren Megan Willis of Rome, GA; Gilles Willis of Oakwood, GA; and Amber Willis of Sugarhill, GA. He is predeceased by his eldest daughter, Laura Willis. He is survived by his second wife, Danielle McKenzie, and her daughter, Alexandra Spacagna of Bradington, FL. Outside the USA, he is survived by his sister, Colette Decaux Spacagna, Betphaget, France and he is predeceased by his other sister, Antoinette Spacagna.
Antoine was very active in his Catholic parish church as a Eucharist Minister.
There was a funeral Mass for Antoine Spacagna on Tuesday August 9, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral in Tallahassee.
There was a memorial service that celebrated Antoine's life and accomplishments on September 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral in Tallahassee..
Antoine's ashes were returned to France and interred, together with his family, on Sunday September 11, 2011 at the Cimetière Parisien D'Ivry
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to either the American Cancer Society or the Co-Cathedral of St Thomas More Haiti Program. More information on how to contribute can be found on the websites.
Contributed by his niece, Valerie Pym Decaux:
"You were never born, so you will never die, it's only your illusions that destroy you. Behind the noises is a silence, blazing like a billion stars to keep away the darkness. For if you have come to know this, you have already died." ~John Kalamaras
"Miss you, Antoine. Thinking of you today."
"Mon cher Antoine,
Ton souvenir precieux reste toujours en nous. We miss you very much.
You were so caring, so wonderful, you brought sunshine into our life,
and had such a positive influence on this earth. You were one of a kind.
Rest in Peace my dear Antoine !
Your forever friends,
Christiane and Rabin"
"Mon Cher Antoine,
Joyeux Anniversaire. We miss you very much ! Your presence is still with us. We have wonderful memories of you. Rest in Peace.
Christiane et Rabin"
"not forgotten. sorely missed. forever at your service. /j"
"Mon Cher Antoine,
Ton souvenir merveillleux reste toujours en nous. Tu nous manques beaucoup mon cher Antoine. Tu etais une personne formidable comme ill y en a peut sur cette terrre. Nous t'aimons beaucoup ! Que ton ame reste sereine et heureuse pres du Seigneur.
Tes grand amis de toujours
Christiane et Rabin"
"I still remember Dr. Spacagna as a special friend and a very generous and very clever man. His imagination has always been high and his affection always enlarging. He was always full of bright ideas as a career advisor. As a friend, he always listened to my personal wishes and was very fond of my family. He always cared very much even though I doubted of the future that was ahead of me to keep away all the trouble. I really believe that he deserves to rest in peace. Good Bye Sir!"
"Joyeux Anniversaire , mon Cher Antoine ! Ton souvenir reste pour toujour en nous .Tu es toujours notre rayon de soleil .
Tes grands amis Christiane et Rabin"
"RIP Antoine. You are still missed! Your friends Torres LeBrun and Rebecca Levings...."
"Mon Cher Antoine,
Joyeux 85eme Anniversaire ! Tu nous manques beaucoup. Ton souvenir merveilleux restera toujours en nous.
Nous t'embrassons tres fort,
"Happy 85th Birthday, Old Friend."
"Antoine, still thinking of you fondly at several times of the year. Happy 85th wherever you are, dancing with the gods! We miss you here in the world of the living. Looking forward to meeting you again in the hereafter. :-)"
"Mon cher et adoré Antoine! Dans la gâce du seigneur prie pour nous, comme nous prions pour toi et tous ceux et toutes celles qui nous ont dévancé.
Le bonheur c'est toi! La joie c'est toi! Car en vérité on ne peut donner que ce qu'on a.
Je rends grâce à dieu, le tout puissant de m'avoir donné l'occasion de te connaitre.
Repose en paix, cher frère et Ami dans la grâce et le miséricorde de ton seigneur. Amine!"
"Still remember you like yesterday, Antoine. You are one of my dearest memories of Tallahassee. Will never let you down, dear friend and brother.
May your soul rest in peace forever! Amen/Amine!
"Mon Cher Antoine,
Tu nous manques beaucoup.Nous nous souviendrons toujours de toi, et de ta bonte, personlalite si chaleureuse, ta simplicite, ton enthousiasme et joie de vivre.Reposes en paix mon cher Antoine.
Grosses Bises de ton amie Christiane"
"Tu nous a quitté et Tallahassee n'est plus la même.
Tu as marqué de ton sceau ton activité et ta passion pour la francophonie à jamais.
Ton passage à Cactus Street hante ma mémoire.
Tu manques énormément à tous tes amis, à la francophonie et tous ceux qui t'ont cotoyé durant leur séjour en Floride."
"Antoine, I want you to know that you continue to be a significant presence in my life. This past week, I have been reliving your last days on earth and I am glad that your suffering has ended but as God is my witness, I really miss you and as long as I am alive, you will never be forgotten. It is an honour and privilege to continue to serve you."
"Mon cher Antoine,
Joyeux 84 eme anniversaire, mon Cher Antoine, ou que tu sois, au Paradis, comme tu le desirais.Ton souvenir reste en nous , toujours tres precieux.Tu nous manques beaucoup mais les souvenirs restent pour toujours.Grosses bises de ton amie Christiane."
"Antoine, you would have been 84 today. Thinking of you always. /j"
"I was in Paris again recently, and had many occasions to remember my friend, Antoine, and his love for the French culture and people. Once, in 2009, I wandered the neighborhood around the Canal St. Martin with Antoine and Alexandre. He embraced every moment with joy and good cheer. I can still hear his jovial laughter in my mind today! What a great friend!"
"Still thinking of you Antoine. Torres LeBrun, Mona Lisa Abbot and I often remember you and miss you still. I have been playing the Marseillaise lately, and you come into my mind. Vive le France!"
"Antoine, I miss you. I either wake up thinking of you or you are the last person I say a prayer for before falling asleep. My only regret is that I didn't get to know you better while you were still here. As I work to finalize your affairs, I am discovering that you are the most amazing person I have ever had the privilege of knowing. God bless. /j"
"It is hard to believe it has been one year already ! We miss you greatly , my dear Antoine.Your presence is with us and you remain in our heart forever."
"Has it really been a whole year? It feels as if it were yesterday. No, it feels as if he were still here walking at Carabelle with me. I really miss him terribly. It is very hard, actually impossible to return to the places we loved together. In my heart he is still my very best friend. I can't believe in a supernatural, but he still lives on in so many of us."
"Antoine taught me French phonetics at Ohio State University in 1969. He was a wonderful teacher. I could never pronounce my "r"s properly so I had to repeat "Le train qui part de la Gare Saint Lazare arrive a la Gare du Nord." A nightmare! My husband and I stayed friends with Antoine for several years but lost track of him. We are so sorry that such a lively, interesting man has died."
"Does anyone know if Antoine made it back to France before he died? Last time I saw him, he was preparing for a trip there."
"Goodbye to an old friend. We will greatly miss you Antoine, and your free and charming spirit. You were always and unreservedly a Frenchman! May you be laughing with joy wherever you now are."
"J'ai pleuré pour l’ami que j’ai perdu comme une enfant qui a besoin d' être consolée.
Je ne pleurai plus parce que j’ai consacré tes souvenirs dans mon cœur. Là, tu vivras pour toujours."
"Rest in peace Antoine."
"He always wanted more:to walk beyond the end of the beach at Carabelle.To find a new restaurant.To walk another turn around Lake Ella,and another.To sit closer to the movie screen. To make still another crêpe.Who will walk with me now? Who now will make me want to want more too?"
"Antoine was a kind, considerate, gentle man. He loved life and dedicated his life to helping others. I've always admired the way Antoine welcomed everyone to his heart and his life. I will miss him greatly."
"It was two weeks ago today, at this time of day, you passed away. Your spirit continues to move me and I will do my best to make sure your last wishes are fulfilled. As God is my witness. I will always love you and I will do my part to help perpetuate your memory. /j"
"Antoine and I enjoyed sipping ouzo and reminiscing about Greece. In the Greek tradition, Antoine would be considered ATHANATOI. As long as we carry his memory in our hearts, he will never die. AIONIA H MNHMH ANTOINE. Your friend forever... George, Toronto Ontario, CA."
"Antoine etait un tres grand ami pour moi pendant plus de 28 ans.C'etait un homme bon,gentil, brilliant, un intellectuel remarquable, plein d'enthousiasme et de joie de vivre, toujours pret a ecouter et a aider autrui.Il etait comme un deuxieme Pere pour moi.Il me manque beaucoup."
"C'est un ami très cher que je perds que je connaissais depuis 1990.C'était une joie de le retrouver chaque été et à chaque noel à Paris si dynamisme, si actif, toujours ouvert à tout, jeune. Il est très présent encore et je n'arrive pas à croire qu'il n'est plus là."
"Antoine’s passing is a great loss to all whose lives he has touched. He was a dedicated professor and had a passion for the arts. He was a great promoter of French culture and language in the US. He was a little piece of Paris in Tallahassee."
"As Antoine St. Exupéry famously wrote, 'le disparu, si l'on vénère sa mémoire, est plus puissant que le vivant,' so Antoine Spacagna will stay in our hearts and minds forever. His memory is powerful. He inspired and enriched my life and the lives of so many people."
"What a great COLLEAGUE we lost! Whether as a companion traveler and room-mate at the juding of the French Highschoolers, a felow recepient of the prestigious "Palmes Acade'miques",traveling colleague to France and the Caribbean when I directed the Linkage Ist.,I'll miss Antoine."
"There are very few people next to whom you really few good. Antoine was one of them. My fondest memory of him was during my dissertation defense, in 2007, at FSU. He opened the door very quietly, tip-toed up, gave me a reverential salute, put a nice flower before me, and sat by me throughout"
""What a great person" Just last year Marie Marthe and I were talking about our fun memories with Antoine in my home in MD. I can still remember our last conversation, always so human always so caring. Thank you so much for being so great! You are greatly missed!"
"Antoine was a wonderful man; kindness personified. He loved life and people and it showed. It was impossible to sad in his presence. All these years, the thought of him always made me smile. Rest in peace my friend."
"Antoine was a very caring friend, a very patient advisor to the Haitian Cultural Club, a champion for Haitian culuture, he was a great professor for his FSU and FAMU students. He will always live through his random acts of kindness left in our hearts. PEACE mon ami!"
"Antoine was a dear friend. He tirelessly came to my Leon High School French classes to inspire and help my students and continued to come this past spring - until mid May. What a wonderful friend - our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
"The Panizian family sends their condolences to the Spacagna family. We will keep an unforgettable memory of our friend Antoine in our hearts."
"Antoine will be missed by so many, i will always remeber a friend who was loyal, sincere, care and ready to listen and to learn about the other person instead of been criticle of others. Anoine was a good friend and a good teacher. we loved you"
"Antoine was a close friend of mine for over 28 years.He was a remarkable man, a great intellectual, kind, honest, sincere, compassionate and I miss him greatly."
"Antoine was a remarkable man, fond of culture, open to modernity, faithful to his friends, kind to the newcomers, a true bridge between our countries. I had the chance to meet him soon after my arrival and learned a lot about France in Florida. G. de Maisonneuve, Consul General"
"My fondest memory of Dr. Spacagna was when he played Adam in a Boris Vian play that I directed at FSU. He was so funny and made everyone laugh. It was refreshing to have a professor who was so willing to get involved and support his students in such a way. He will be missed."
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