Scott Spencer: U.S. Navy Senior Culinary Chief

September 14, 2023 at 12:23 a.m.

Scott Spencer, 61, a resident of Portsmouth, R.I., died Sept. 9, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 2, 1962 in Westerly, R.I. to Robert Spencer and Jacquelyn Barber Spencer and was raised in Bradford, R.I.

Prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy, he attended Johnson and Wales in Providence, R.I. where he discovered his passion in the culinary arts.

He took this passion and applied it to a lifelong career in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Culinary Specialist Senior Chief.

After 29 years of active duty, he retired in 2016 but continued working for the Navy as an instructor at The Navy Supply Corps School in Newport, R.I., where he discovered his second passion, teaching young sailors and preparing them for the fleet.

Although his career took him all over the world, he always said there was nothing like the beaches along the East Coast.

Scott was a dedicated Red Sox, Celtics and Cowboys fan. He loved to golf and was an enthusiast of the TV series “The Sopranos.”

He was generous to a fault, always ready to help or to give to anyone who was in need; above all, time spent with his family was his greatest joy.

Scott is survived by his devoted wife Jody Federice Spencer of Port Chester; his beloved daughter Sara Bonvino, her husband Angelo and their children Gabriella and Sophia of Port Chester; his brother Robert Spencer of Carolina, R.I., sister Kelly Gavitt of Shannock, R.I., and sister Cindy Marcotte (David) of Bradford, R.I.

He was predeceased by his mother Jacquelyn, his son Sage and a very large extended family of nieces, nephews, brother and sisters-in-law; he will be forever loved and missed by all who knew him.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Church of the Resurrection in Rye, Monday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m.

In remembrance of his life, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Fisher House Foundation at

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