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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