William R. Spence of Riverhead died Sept. 1, 2019, at Stony Brook University Hospital. He was 66.

He was born Aug. 30, 1953, to Robert and Eileen Spence in Manhattan.

He graduated from Bayport-Blue Point High School in 1972 and from Worcester State College in Massachusetts. Spence worked as a teacher at Little Flower Children and Family Services.

On June 16, 1984, he married Elizabeth Ogeka.

Family member said he enjoyed basketball and loved being “Pop-Pop” to Harper.

Predeceased by his parents and sister, Regina Spence, he is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth, of Riverhead, daughter, Kelly Spence of Riverhead; brother, Timothy Spence of New Jersey and one grandchild.

The family will receive visitors Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead. Cremation will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Little Flower Children’s Services or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.