Angelo J. Spinosa, 67

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Angelo J. Spinosa, 67, died December 24, 2017 in Boston after a brief illness. Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late Angelo and Angela Spinosa. Angelo lived in Cambridge, Somerville and Hopkinton.

Anjo was a child of music, culture and American history; finding tranquility in academic halls, teaching and playing viola, cello, flute, recorder and of course the loudest tuba he could carry in the Northeastern Band. He attended Lehigh University for his post graduate studies.

He would play where passers-by would stop and engage with the music, on MBTA, bus lines, concerts and parks. He reveled in opera and classical music of the great masters. He immersed himself in revolutionary American history, teaching classes in multiple colleges, secondary schools and Boston school system venues. The MBTA was his magic carpet, rain, snow or shine. He was out there making friends and sharing his life, his loves and willingness to debate any “miss-interpretation” of Boston history.

He was kind and gentle with no biases. On occasion, the education system became strident so that he could not see the benefits to the children. He had the courage to say what he had to say and walk away from confrontation. He cared for profound knowledge, the children’s learning and the legacy of lessons learned to better our lives.

He is survived by his brother Ray D. Spinosa and wife Susan of Phoenix, AZ, his nephew Daniel Spinosa and his niece Christine Spinosa. He also leaves Barbara Zino, partner of his late brother Eugene (Geno) Spinosa of Woodville.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street. A celebration of life service will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial of cremains will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Dylon Thomas eloquently said: “Do not go into that good night ... Those wise men at their end know dark is right." Requiescat in pace, my younger brother.