Donald J. Stockman, a Fairfield resident for nearly 60 years, died April 29 at the age of 74. Stockman was known for his ability to fix things. He had worked as a heavy machine operator and also enjoyed working on classic cars.
Stockman was born in New York City on July 10, 1936. He grew up in Bridgeport and moved to Fairfield in 1952, where he remained for the rest of his life. He worked for the Fairfield Department of Public Works for 40 years, and then moved to the private sector, where he was employed by Walker Construction and the Candee Construction Company.
A talented handyman, Stockman loved to fix things around his home. But he especially loved restoring antique cars, including his prized 1948 Ford. He cherished spending summers with his family and friends at his second home on Lake Pachaug, in the southeast corner of Connecticut.
Stockton is survived by his daughter, Donna DiChiara, and her husband, Daniel, of Fairfield; two grandchildren; his loving companion, Peggy Child, of Fairfield; his sister, Ann King, and her husband, Albert, of Rhode Island, and three nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Judith Markarian Stockman.
Stockton was buried Monday in St. Michaels Cemetery following a service at St. Pius X Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Children Center, One Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT 06612.
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