Darwin “Huck” Spaulding Dies

115417[1]Long time Life Member and supporter of the International Wildlife Museum construction Darwin “Huck” Spaulding, 84, passed away Feb. 1, 2013 at Albany Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born Dec. 5, 1928, Spaulding lived in the Voorheesville, NY, area for many years. He was a veteran of the US Merchant Marines and the US Army. He started Spaulding and Rogers Mfg. in the late 1950s, and was the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of tattooing equipment. Spaulding enjoyed hunting, trapping and stock car racing in his younger years. He traveled the world, and became an award winning big game hunter and a classic car enthusiast in later years. He was a big man who lived a big life, but the thing he was most proud of was his family. Spaulding is survived by his wife of 63 years, Josephine; as well as their four children, Rita (Joseph) Peptis, Jay Spaulding, Bobbie (Joseph) DeFranco and Tommy (Mary) Spaulding; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Verlander and several nieces and nephews.

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