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Michael Spear

Michael J. Spear

Monday, May 5th, 1952 - Saturday, January 4th, 2020
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Michael J. Spear, 67, of Exeter Township, passed away surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, January 4, 2020, in his home. He was the husband of Valerie A. (Marut) Spear, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. Born in Hazelton, PA, he was the son of the late James H. Spear and Ruth A. (Lusher) Spear of Florida. Michael graduated from Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg and was a member of St. Catharine of Siena R.C.C.--Exeter Township. Michael worked as a police officer for most of his career. He was then promoted to Chief of Police with Central Berks Regional Police Department in November 1996. Michael was voted Police Officer of the year in 1988 by the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #71 and in January 2005 was hired by the County of Berks, 23rd Judicial District of PA as the Jury Program Supervisor. He ran the entire Jury Program for 8 years until he retired on December 31, 2013. Michael was head golf coach at Central Catholic and Berks Catholic High Schools from 2001-2018 during which time they became Berks County Champs and he was named Coach of the Year in 2014. In addition to his wife, Michael is survived by his daughter Jessica M. O'Rourke (Shawn), Cumru Twp., his son Matthew M. (Lauren), Lansdale; grandchildren Nolan, Natalie, Theo, Emerson; siblings Elaine, Jimmy (Donna) and Rick; and nieces Erin, Rachael and Julia. Visitation with family and friends will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 am in St. Catharine of Siena R.C.C.--Exeter Township, 4975 Boyertown Pike, Reading. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Berks Catholic Golf Team, Attn: Bill Hess, 955 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading PA 19611 or Pennsylvania Concerns of Police Survivors, PO Box 162, East Berlin, PA 17316. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit
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  • Visitation

    January 9th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    January 9th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Catharine of Siena R.C.C.--Exeter Township
    4975 Boyertown Pike
    Reading, PA 19606
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    January 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    January 9th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Catharine of Siena R.C.C.--Exeter Township
    4975 Boyertown Pike
    Reading, PA 19606
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Monsignor Ed Domin


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Richard Cashman

Posted at 02:13pm
I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of my friend Mike. We attended St Mary's Parochial school together and were inseparable buddies through the 8th grade. I spent many an enjoyable day in Scenic Knolls with the Spear Family. As we reached high school we had to go our separate ways, me to Berwick, Mike to Central Columbia. The foundation the nuns set for us supported us through life. Honesty, integrity and a concern for the welfare of others were ideals that Mike embodied. My sympathy goes out to the Spear family and to his siblings, Elaine and Rick. Our world is now one good man short. With you in sympathy, Judge Cashman.

Larry Mayes

Posted at 08:19am
I am truly shocked and sadden to hear about Mike's passing. He was no doubt one of the finest police chiefs I had the opportunity to work with in my role during 30+ years of administration. Beyond his professionalism, I considered Mike to be a friend who always was quick to smile and greeted everyone he met in a way that made them feel appreciated. Blessings to you and your family. I and so sorry for your lose. Dr. Larry Mayes

Nick Damico

Posted at 10:11am
Mike was a dear friend an hunting companion. We spent almost every morning together at speedway for coffee an talk. Going to miss you my friend an I will always hunt with you in my mind.
Nick Damico

Posted at 01:18am
As a HS classmate and 50 year friend I speak:

::Sharing time with Mike was easy.
Always confortable to be with.
Never complained even when in pain.
Never argumentative.
Modest, Always kind.
A good and special man.
Many good times together.
Getting together with Central classmates was big for Mike.
We would talk about the “Glory Days “ in HS at class of ‘70 events but Mike never bragged.
Mike didn’t embellish, his accomplishments spoke for themselves.
#86 was a winner in life beyond the sports arena.
We loved Mike
With Mike’s passing, it is clear that we loved him more than we knew or expressed.

Mike Perrige


Fred and Betti Scheiter

Posted at 09:24pm
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