The San Francisco 49ers family lost one of its members with the passing of longtime executive Louis G. Spadia. Spadia passed away on February 17, at the age of 92, and was an original front office member for the 49ers under the Morabito family.
Spadia spent more than three decades with the 49ers, serving in multiple roles for the team. He started with the 49ers as a ticket manager and equipment manager, and also handled team travel arrangements when the team was founded in 1946. From 1948-1951, he was the 49ers business manager before being promoted to general manager in 1952. He would serve in that role until 1976. In addition to being the GM, he was also part owner and had the title of team president from 1967-1976.
The former team executive grew up in the Potrero Hill neighborhood in San Francisco and attended Mission High School. In 1979, he founded the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame and was the president and CEO of the organization until 2003. He was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 26 at Saint Pius Catholic Church (1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA).