RADM J. David Spade Passes Away

Rear Admiral J. David Spade, USCG, Retired passed away on Tuesday Feb 26 after a long battle with cancer in Tampa, FL. He was 64.

Radm J. David Spade, USCG, RetAdmiral Spade was a 1965 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and retired in 1999. He served with distinction throughout his career and was known for his strong leadership and impact on many Coast Guard men and women.

Though he was a committed cutterman, serving aboard six cutters and commanding three, his interests were broad in scope. He was an economics instructor at the Coast Guard Academy and served on the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In these assignments, he taught many of the officers in senior leadership positions in the Coast Guard and government today.

As a Rear Admiral, he was appointed Deputy Commander of Joint Interagency TAsk Force East and later Commanded the Thirteenth Coast Guard District.

Those he led described him as a leader who always saw the best in people, and challended them to strive to reach their full potential.

Admiral Spade served his community beyond the Coast Guard, and was twice honored as a “Navy Leaguer of the Year” for his selfless efforts. Throughout his life, he put service first, both to the nation and his community. He leaves a tremendous legacy.

Admiral Spade is survived by his wife Linda, son Mike and daughter Kristy. No funeral service is planned. A memorial service will be held at the coast Guard Academy chapel on a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, lthe Spade family requests that donations be made in Admiral Spades name to:

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
383 Main Avenue, 5gt Floor
Norwalk, CT 06851
Phone: 203-229-0464
Email: info@themmrf.org

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  1. Thomas P. Orr says:

    I served with Ltjg Spade on the cutter Cape Sable in Santa Barbara in 1967. I was saddened to hear of his passing. He always pushed me to advance myself and study more. He was an excellent officer and I know he will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family.

    My condolences,
    Tom Orr