Delbert Spencer - “A racing dynasty has finally come
to an end”
Gary M. Spaid
On March 29, at 2 p.m., Delbert Spencer,
co-founder of Spencer Speedway passed away at
age 86, following complications after heart
surgery. Two years ago his brother Walter
Spencer, 91, passed away following a short
illness. Walter was the oldest of the three
brothers who founded Spencer Speedway in 1955.
Finally on March 4, 2010 brother Merle Spencer,
the youngest brother, passed away at age 80.
There was only seven months between the passing
of Merle and Walter. Delbert was also
predeceased by his son Gary.
The Spencer family remained at the helm of their namesake speedway until
1994, when they apparently sold the speedway.
The family abruptly returned as the management
of the track when the proposed purchase fell
apart. It was not until 2007 when the track was
finally sold to the current owner, John White.
“This is a great lost to auto racing and our speedway,” stated John
White, the promoter at both Spencer and Chemung
Speedways. “Del was here when we repaved the
track and made staying in touch with happenings
at the track part of his life. He truly loved
Delbert was in charge of the racing operations at Spencer Speedway, while
brothers Merle and Walter handled the books,
accounting and track crews.
Delbert is survived by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn Spencer; 2 sisters,
Marvel (Larry) Morrow and Catherine Zornow;
daughters Rebecca Cappellino and husband Sam and
daughter-in-law Ruth Spencer; sisters-in-laws,
Ella and Betty Spencer; grandchildren Christina
Rossi and husband Jim, and Kim Fallon and
husband Andy; four great grandchildren Nicolas,
Reece, Collin and Taylor.
There are no calling hours. A special Memorial Service will be held at
the Chapel at White Haven Park, 210 Marsh Road,
Pittsford, NY 14534, on Sunday, April 1,
starting at 2 p.m.
Donations can be made in Delbert’s name to the American Heart
Association, 3500 Winton Place, Rochester, NY