David Spagat, 86, attorney, commodities trader, animal activist

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David Spagat, 86, of Oak Park, died on April 30, 2011. A veteran of World War II, and a truly unique character, he loved his family above all. He was an attorney and a commodities trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and led a full and active life of volunteer work, walking his rescued dog, Paula (even last week), riding his bicycle, and attending concerts and cultural events. He loved photography and nature and spent most of his time with his wife and lifelong friend, Patricia. A generous man, he supported many charities, especially his favorite causes — animals and the environment. He held many heartfelt opinions that he was happy to discuss with anyone. Mr. Spagat helped countless people and animals and will continue to do so by donating his body to the Biological Resource Center of Illinois.

He is survived by Patricia, his wife of 56 years; his daughter, Susan (David) Moore; his sons, Michael (Hsiao-Rei) and Robert (Toni); his grandchildren, Daniel, Olivia, Isabella, Lucas and Henry; his brother, Mark; and many nieces and nephews and their families, as well as friends who feel this loss. He was preceded in death by his brother, William.

There will be a memorial visitation with the family on Monday, May 9, from 3-9 p.m. at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. For further information, call 708-386-8637.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to PAWS Adoption and Humane Center, 1997 N. Clybourn, Chicago IL 60614.

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