Ira Spector

Ira was born in Brooklyn, New York and died in San Diego just a few days shy of his 88th birthday. He died as he lived, on his own terms. As failing health took away any quality of life, he died with dignity and a happy man! 

He attended Jefferson High School where he played varsity football. Upon graduation he was accepted at New York University. Four years later he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Later on in life he earned a Master of Arts in Psychology at Alliant University.

Ira joined the United States Coast Guard in 1955. While enlisted, he earned his wings and left the Coast Guard as a Lieutenant and a pilot. He was employed by American Airlines after he was discharged. An often told tale from this sojourn of his life, as he flew from and to New York and Chicago, where down there….did a sweet roll become a Danish? Such was his inquiring mind!

Ira was married to Suzanne Spector. The couple moved to San Diego from New York to seek warmer weather and a new lifestyle. They had two children, Bruce and Antoinette. Through their mutual efforts they established the successful business, Spector Design.

Ira married Carole Pyne Spector in 1983. They enjoyed traveling the world together, managing to explore almost 100 countries, often taking “the road less traveled” to experience several amazing and local encounters!

One of Ira’s greatest satisfactions was to be able to play tennis until he was 86 years old. He was a charter member of the Wheezers and Geezers group, whose members play every weekday morning at the Coronado Cays tennis courts. Here he was notorious for his flamboyant, tennis sartorial splendor from his hat to his shoes. It is rumored that at one time he owned 84 pairs of shoes! Next to tennis, a great debate was another enjoyable pastime, often playing the devil’s advocate to keep the argument going. He enjoyed word and idea sparing and defending his beliefs and opinions.

Ira is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carole Pyne Spector; his son Bruce Spector, his daughter Antoinette Banks; his grandsons Adrien Spector, Alex Spector, Jacob Griffin, and Zach Pyne; and great granddaughter Hazel Lynn Griffin. He is also survived by his nephew Marshall Stanton and nieces Alison Sheridan and Lynn Stanton, plus several other nieces and nephews.

Please join the family in a celebration of Ira’s life at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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