Spiller was born in St James' Street, Gloucester,
on 20th August 1911, he had one elder sister,
Rose Irene (Renee) Spiller. The family moved from
Gloucester while he was still young, but he
remembered helping in his grandfather's coal
business, sometimes shovelling coal from their
He was educated at Prescot Grammar
School, and then trained to be a teacher at the
College of St Mark & St John, in Chelsea,
Elizabeth (Betty) Turner on 25th March, 1940 in
Rainhill. They went on cycling holidays in North
Wales together. They lived at 18 Brookfield
Avenue until they sold it for £2,250 on 31st
August 1961 and bought another at 24 Knowsley
Road for £3,500.
Due to an
ear infection while young after a mastoid
operation, he could only hear in one ear, and was
not called up during World War II: he became an
Air Raid Warden and cycled to school. He later
suffered from pernicious anaemia. He used to
smoke cigarettes, but later gave them up.
at several schools in the Liverpool area: the
last before retiring was Maidford Road County
Primary school, where he taught for 36 years from
1st February 1938 until he retired in July 1974.
He went on summer camps with the boys in 1938
& 39 to Ballajora in the Isle of Man, and to
Pentrevoelas and Dyserth in North Wales after the
war. His previous school, St Cleopas, was lit by
gas and heated by coal fires.
owned a full driving licence, he never took a
driving test as he started driving before tests
were required. He owned a variety of cars,
including a Lanchester, Morris 8, two Morris
Minors, Morris 1100 and 1300, MG 1100, Austin
Allegro, Austin Maxi, Minis and Metros.
quite musical, and could play the piano. Although
he was a member of the Church of England, while
his childen were growing up as Catholics, he did
not attend church until after they had left home.
After his retirement, he became a Conservative
Councillor on the local council and was
re-elected a number of times. He was a keen
gardener and played the piano. Used to go to
church regularly (C of E) but stopped while sons
were growing up.
He died at
his home in Rainhill in November 1989 after
experiencing heart problems for some time.