Louis F. Spadaccino, 90, of Holland, Bucks County, the owner of a surveying company, who spent time as a stunt rider, died Thursday, April 3, of prostate cancer at his home.
Mr. Spadaccino was born in Langhorne and enlisted in the Navy right out of Neshaminy High School. He saw action during World War II and returned stateside in 1946. And then, off he went to tour with the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show.
"The legend goes that he left his mother a note on the kitchen table, and he up and joined Joie Chitwood's show," said his grandson, Cody.
A hit in its day, the show featured "Hell Drivers" who rolled and crashed cars on a dirt track, and jumped them from ramp to ramp. Mr. Spadaccino's specialty was riding a motorcycle through a flaming hoop.