Edward Allen Spang

July 30, 1943

Edward Spang Obituary

Edward Allen Spang died peacefully on January 21, 2024.  Ed was a passionate educator who touched thousands of Chester County lives during three decades as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and principal at Avon Grove, Downingtown, and Unionville High Schools.  Ed made and cherished friendships with all who dedicated themselves to students, particularly the building staff, the administrative staff, and teachers.  He was especially proud of supporting the Leaders Involved in Networking Kids (L.I.N.K.) program at Downingtown, and introducing the L.I.N.K. program at Unionville.  Ed was always in attendance at school activities including plays, sporting events, concerts and musicals.  Ed’s sons fondly recall countless refrains of, “Mr. Spang!!, Mr. Spang!!” from current and former students flagging Ed down to chat as he walked along the streets of Kennett Square and their college campuses.

Ed was born on July 30, 1943, to Edward and Margaret Spang and was raised in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  Ed graduated from North Penn High School and West Chester State University.  He married Paula Tweed on June 15, 1968.  Ed was an enthusiastic parishioner of the Church of the Advent.

After retiring, Ed and Paula moved to The Villages, Florida.  They made numerous special and lasting friendships, especially in the Eldridge Loop neighborhood.  Ed found time to score two of his three lifetime hole-in-ones.  In 2018 Ed and Paula celebrated 50 years of marriage with family and friends at The Villages. They moved back home to southern Chester County in November 2020.  Ed and Paula loved spending time with their grandchildren, traveling, and visiting Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum.  

Ed had an unwavering sense of right and wrong, a relentless work ethic, and unending positivity.  He loved his work, the outdoors, and his friends.  But most of all, Ed loved his family.  He was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather.

Ed is survived by his wife, Paula; sister Nancy Nesselrotte of New Castle, Delaware; son, Brian and his wife, Heather of Downers Grove, Illinois; son, Jeff and his wife, Ruth of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and grandchildren, Alexandra, Emily, Paul, Julia and Annika.

A memorial service will be at 2:00PM on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the EPISCOPAL CHURCH of the ADVENT, 401 North Union Street, Kennett Square.  A reception from 3:00PM to 5:00PM with the family will follow the memorial service at the LOUNGE AREA at KENDAL at LONGWOOD, 1109 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to in Ed's name would be appreciated to the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art

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