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Green Funeral Home

57 Main St, Danbury, CT

OBITUARY

John T. Fairchild

October 8, 1935May 14, 2020
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John Theodore Fairchild, age 85. Passed away at his home in New Fairfield, surrounded by his family on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

John was born on October 8, 1935, in Danbury, Connecticut, to John and Martha Fairchild. John, a lifelong resident of New Fairfield, graduated a Master Carpenter from Henry Abbott Tech. John pursued his career in carpentry as a member of Carpenter’s Local Union 210, till his retirement at age 75.

John served as the youngest Fire Chief in New Fairfield, from 1959 through the 70’s. He continued to serve his community, when elected New Fairfield’s First Selectman in 1975, while his wonderful accomplishments afforded him to hold his position into 1985. John took pride in organizing the New Fairfield Company A Carnival for many years, bringing enjoyment to all New Fairfield residents.

John was passionate about organizing the motorcycle benefit run for Ann’s Place Cancer Support Center, raising money for TJ Lobraico’s Scholarship fund, and and The Knight's Run. These bike runs meant the world to him. John’s love for his family and friends was unmatchable. John would host numerous summer camp-outs at his home in Vermont, as he loved being surrounded by family and friends. He enjoyed meeting friends at the CWV in Danbury and hosting their annual St Patty’s Day Dinner, and cooking for their Annual Golf Tournament.

He enjoyed his annual trip to Vegas every October, assigning the time to celebrate his and Pam’s anniversary and celebrating Birthdays with Jan, Robbie, Marcia, family, and friends. Palace Station became his home away from home for 27 years. John was particular when choosing his favorite video poker machine. Christmas was most special to John, starting with the annual trek to find the perfect, oversized 8 - 11’ fresh tree, cutting it down, and celebrating over lunch with everyone. The challenge was always getting that tree in the door and setting it up, the part he probably loved most. John hosted the annual Christmas house party for many years, his motto; “the more the merrier.”

John enjoyed reminiscing about life in New Fairfield, how he would navigate the family horse and wagon, delivering papers, bar tending at the Green Light, and so many additional fond memories. John enjoyed life and people and if you ever shook his hand you would remember it.

John is Survived by his beautiful wife of 32 years, Pam; his brother, Robert (Donna) Fairchild; sons James (Amy) Fairchild; John Fairchild, Jr. (Bindu); and Bob (Heather) Williams. And also the lights of his life, grandchildren: Mitchell, Mackie, Amanda, Rit, Thomas, Andrew, Matthew , Liam, and Sazie.

John is predeceased by parents, Martha and John; sisters, Eleanor & Harriet; daughter Tammy Williams, and brother George.

There will be a Graveside Service at Mt. View Cemetery, New Fairfield at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 16, 2020. The procession will meet at The Catholic War Veteran’s on Shalvoy’s Lane, Danbury at 12:00pm leaving promptly at 12:30pm to the Cemetery. Due to cemetery regulation and state requirements, those attending are asked to remain in their cars.

Donations in John’s memory may be made to Ann’s Place, 80 Saw Mill Rd., Danbury, CT 06810 or the Martha Fairchild Scholarship Fund c/o of the New Fairfield Library, 2 Brush Hill Rd., New Fairfield, CT 06812.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 16, 2020

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Terry Lent

May 18, 2020

I was appointed to several town boards by John Fairchild including Inland Wetland and Ball Pond Advisory. I will always be grateful to him for our wonderful Senior Center which never would have happened without his tenacity in overcoming many obstacles.

My condolences to his family.

Terry Lent

arthur davis

May 18, 2020

So sorry to hear about the passing John .He was a great friend enjoy many times with him at the CWV.

Laura & Dale

May 17, 2020

Jim, our deepest condolences to you & your family. Your father was & will always be a New Fairfield icon. John always took a minute to say hello. His absence in town will be forever missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Cheryl Reedy

May 16, 2020

John was one of the kindest and most loving people I have ever known. It was an honor to work with him serving the community he loved for a short while. He was always in search of ways to serve and help his fellow man whether in New Fairfield or the region or beyond. He loved his family with all his heart and has left them with many memories to hold tight to. Pam, John and Jim you are all in our thoughts and prayers . Please consider this a virtual hug from the Reedy household. We will hug in person when conditions once again permit. ❤️💔

Jim Piskura

May 16, 2020

My condolences to the Fairchild family. Always enjoyed running into the mayor at the carriage house or just a wave as he mowed his lawn. RIP neighbor.

Kim Hanson

May 15, 2020

First met John in the Carriage House well before I became involved in local politics and immediately liked him, who would not? Quick with a smile and a firm handshake ... a man's man and a gentle gentleman. John did so much for our town. I will always remember him for his advice and for his friendship and, perhaps above all , his desire to do good, which he so often did. John poured my basement, just one of the hundreds of actions , large and small, he took that made New Fairfield what it is today. My love to the family. John was one of a kind – he will not be replaced but will always be remembered. Peace.

John T. Fairchild Jr.

May 15, 2020

Dad ...you were definitely one of a kind ...Beyond description ...Inspired many by your life ...and had done well for your Community , State and Country ....Pray to be much like you ...

SALLY Papallo

May 15, 2020

The best Uncle Sam ever! You will be missed so much :( I am heartbroken but we will remember the good time at the bike runs, at Easter and Thanksgiving dinners, at the annual Christmas party. Every time I drive by your house I will fondly remember you waving from the top of the scissor lift.... because it seized up and you were stuck up there!!!
Our love always,
Sally & Mary <3

Diane Britton

May 15, 2020

Pam, So sorry for your loss. Tom remembers many years in New Fairfield with John. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Sincerely, your cousin Diane & Tom.

Bill Cunningham

May 15, 2020

John was always a kind and caring man. I remember John as a passionate advocate for the best that New Fairfield could be. His energy was always directed towards progress, betterment and reliability. He was a good man. We are all better off for having had John for so long.

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