Calvin Sparrow, SR.

1960 ~ 2022 (age 61)


  Calvin Sparrow Sr. of Poughkeepsie, NY transitioned from this life on January 19, 2022, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Calvin Sparrow was born on August 12, 1960, in Sylvester, GA to the late Minister Eddie and Effie Sparrow. The oldest son of nine children, his family moved to Poughkeepsie when he was very young.  Mr. Sparrow attended City of Poughkeepsie Schools and was a faithful member of the drill team where he played the horn. The best of the best, his team called upon him regularly for tighten ups, where he would correct the timing and feel of the horn section. 

  From an early age Calvin knew that he loved to work with his hands.  For many years he studied as an eager apprentice under his father, soaking in all of the knowledge that only a father can give to a son.  Under his father’s watchful eye, Calvin practiced his woodworking techniques at the Lumb Woodworking Company in Poughkeepsie, NY.  After acquiring mastery there, Calvin went on to pursue electrical studies at BOCES. 

  Mr. Sparrow worked in food services at the State University of New York at New Paltz for many years and also worked at Blocksom & Co. until his injury.

  Growing up together in the same neighborhood, Calvin was always fond of Christine Simons and would find any excuse to court her.  Their favorite thing to do was to take long walks to the store together.  It was on one of those long summer walks that they both discovered how much they loved one another. On June 29, 1991, Calvin married Christine Simons and through this union, they have two beloved children, a daughter Antanique Sparrow, and a son, Calvin Sparrow Jr., both of Poughkeepsie, NY and both survive at home.  Mr. Sparrow cherished his daughter Autumn Gordon of Kingston, NY and son Bishop Shamar Williams of Poughkeepsie, NY and his granddaughter Arianna Johnson of Kingston, NY. All survive at home. Of everyone he knew and loved, the light of Mr. Sparrow’s life was his grandson, J’Aaron Wheeler of Poughkeepsie, NY. From the moment he was born, J’Aaron was Calvin’s world.  “Pee-Pop” as J’Aaron affectionately called him, was J’Aaron’s best friend, protector, and right-hand man.  Together the two traveled to J’Aaron’s football and basketball games and went on long drives together.  Pee-Pop bought J’Aaron his first fishing pole and together they spent long days and evenings on the water discussing life.  It was their favorite thing to do together.  Pee-Pop taught J’Aaron to be a real positive man and how to look on the bright side of things.  Whenever J’Aaron was frustrated or needed a shoulder to cry on, Pee-Pop was there.  Mr. Sparrow could often be heard telling everyone how proud he was of J’Aaron and how much he loved him.  J’Aaron survives at home. 

  Mr. Sparrow had a host of extended grandchildren who loved him very dearly; Justice Bristow, Nahzy Avent, Malaya Avent, Makye Avent, Madison Avent, and Lulu Wheeler, his fur granddaughter, and constant companion and guardian, all of Poughkeepsie, NY and all survive at home. 

  Mr. Sparrow loved to be out and about in the world, setting his own course. A people person, he was incredibly charismatic and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He was a very strong-willed man and a loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend.  He loved to smile and had a great big laugh.  He brought joy to everyone who knew the pleasure of his company.  Fishing was his favorite thing to do in all of the world as it brought him the most peace and comfort.  On the water he was able to relax, gather his thoughts, and process his feelings.  An excellent fisherman, many of the best days of his life were spent out in nature with the people he loved most, catching, cleaning, and eating fish.  He was a great cook and gave great advice.  He listened when his friend’s needed a kind ear.  Calvin simply loved to live and enjoyed life and was glad to share it with the people closest to him. 

In addition to his loving wife, children and grandchildren, Mr. Sparrow is survived by sisters, Joyce Fils (Jimmy), Brenda Simons (Tony), Bonita Sparrow, and Leatrice Swain (Anthony) all of Poughkeepsie, NY and two brothers, Carl Sparrow of North Carolina and Joseph Sparrow of Poughkeepsie, NY as well as a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

  Mr. Sparrow was predeceased by two sisters, Linda Faye Sparrow and Lorraine Stokes, his maternal and paternal grandparents, two nephews, Tony W. Simons Jr., and Abdelle St. Ange, one niece, Felicia Dickens, and his best friend, Rudolph McKinney. It is Mrs. Sparrow’s loving wish that Mr. Sparrow is now reunited with their beloved first-born daughter, Lacretia Antanette Sparrow. May both of their souls rejoice in their reunion.

  Visitation is Monday, January 31, 2022, 10-11AM at Joseph J. Darrow Sr Funeral Home Inc. 39 So Hamilton St Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-452-1840. A celebration of life begins at 11AM with burial to follow in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. To send a condolence please visit

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