Beloved tradesman, John Fairchild, has died

John Fairchild standing beside his business van, the back of which is decorated with memorial decals that remember his father, Russell D. Fairchild. Designs by A-to-Z Signs of Norwalk. — Hayden Turek photo
John Fairchild standing beside his business van, the back of which is decorated with memorial decals that remember his father, Russell D. Fairchild. Designs by A-to-Z Signs of Norwalk. — Hayden Turek photo

According to Magner Funeral Home, John Fairchild died earlier this week. Fairchild was a popular tradesman in town, a plumber who often accepted donations in his father’s name to the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps in exchange for small jobs.

Fairchild’s father, Russell D. Fairchild, died tragically in December 2013, two months after being hit by an elderly driver’s car at the Wilton transfer station. “My father was my best friend,” Fairchild told Bulletin reporter Hayden Turek in 2015, “and to have him stolen from me was tough.”

Fairchild accepted the donations out of gratitude for the assistance the ambulance corps offered his father, taking him from home to the hospital four times in two months to be treated for his injuries.

The donations began with Fairchild’s father’s funeral. “When he passed away, my mother didn’t want a house full of flowers, so I said, ‘Why don’t we ask for donations to the WVAC? ” Fairchild told The Bulletin.

They continued when Fairchild did not charge customers for minor jobs.

“I think the world of the WVAC,” he said. “What they do makes my job look easy. We’re very lucky to have a volunteer ambulance corps in town.”

Calling hours will be on Sunday, June 10, from 2 to 6, at Magner Funeral Home on Mott Avenue, Norwalk.

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5 thoughts on “Beloved tradesman, John Fairchild, has died

  1. John was the nicest person you could meet. Being friendly to and enjoying a talk with his customers (friends) went hand in hand with his great plumbing work. He will be missed.

  2. John was one of the friendliest, nicest, hard working tradesman I have ever met. This is such a tragic loss. I am in shock since I just phoned him to do some work for me and his wife informed me he passed away suddenly last weekend. Everyone who knew him will miss him. So sad.

  3. I was shocked to hear of John’s passing. A wonderfully kind man. He will be missed in Wilton by all who knew or know of him.

  4. John Fairchild was a great guy who will be truly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. Selfless, always there to support his fellow Wiltonites; John could always be counted on day or night, rain or shine to go about his plumbing profession with a smile, kind smile and a friendly chat!

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