Obituary: Trevor Roy Anthony Spence
Trevor Roy Anthony Spence, of Montclair, died on May 27, 2019.
Mr. Spence was born on Aug. 10, 1932 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, to Charles and Irene Spence.
He was educated at Cornwall College, Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies and attended Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
He was married to Audrey Fagan and had two children Gregory and Paula. He also married Ianthe Hilda Davis and they were together for over 50 years.
Mr. Spence was a real estate broker for approximately 60 years. He was president of Nostrand Travel Bureau, Inc., a minority-owned enterprise, founded and operated by him for over 50 years.
For over 20 years, Mr. Spence was a former board member and secretary of the Bedford Stuyvesant Real Estate Board. He helped to improve the inner-city housing conditions. In addition, he was also a board member of the Brooklyn Mental Health Association, Inc., Kiwanis of Crown Heights, Advocate of Independent Travel Agents, 100 Black Men Inc., Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute for Children, Inc. A founder and past president of Cornwall College Association/New York and remained a member of the Cornwall College Old Boy Association. Mr. Spence was also a founder of the Caribbean Fiesta/Brooklyn Mental Health Association, Inc.
Mr. Trevor received awards from: Advocates of Independent Travel Agents; The Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute for Children, Inc.; a business achievement award from the New York Urban League, Brooklyn Branch; The Brooklyn Club of the National Association of Business and Professional Women Club, Inc.; The Women’s League of Science and Medicine Inc.; Jamaica National Guild; and the Man of the Year Award from the Bedford Branch of the YMCA. In addition, he was awarded the Order of Distinction of England for Cultural Relations-Jamaica. He was the treasurer of the election committee for Shirley Chisholm, the first Black Women from Brooklyn, New York elected into Congress.
He was predeceased by his siblings Cora, Tony and Reginald.
He is survived by his wife Ianthe, his children Gregory and Paula, several nephews, nieces and cousins. In-laws Gladys Van Heyningen, Shermain, Wallace Davis, Dean and Trevor Davis, Octavio Van Heyningen. Not forgetting Orlean Williams manager of his still existing business Nostrand Travel Bureau, Inc., and countless friends.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. Cremation will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the National Heart. Lung and blood Institute, nhlbi.nih.gov would be appreciated.