Jesse Carlton Spain, 80, a resident of Manhattan, died on Oct. 11, 2017.
A wake will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St., Montclair.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church, 56 Elmwood Ave., Montclair, with interment to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.
Born in Montclair to James and Dorothy Spain, he was the youngest of seven siblings.
He attended Seton Hall University for two years. Realizing that his true passion was the emerging field of television broadcasting, he transferred to the R.C.A. Institute. Upon graduation, he began a career in television broadcasting that spanned over 50 years. This career included becoming a technical director for the New York Public Broadcasting Service. Later in his career, he was a broadcast engineer for CBS Corporation, where he retired after 35 years of distinguished service.
Mr. Spain was a real renaissance man. His interests included photography, jazz music, art, gourmet food, and wine. Over his lifetime, he built an extensive library with upward of 5,000 books, including rare and collectible books.
He leaves his wife, Joan (Parkinson) Spain; his daughter, Michelle Spain-Allen, and son-in-law, Dennis Allen; his grandson, Martin Allen; and two siblings, Barbara Turner and Dorothy Imogene Jenkins, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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