FAIRFIELD, Conn. – John Henry McFadden, Jr., of Fairfield, died Monday, May 23 in his Fairfield home of 60 years. He was 89.
Born and raised in Bridgeport, he was just turning 16 when he enlisted in U.S. Navy during World War II, serving as a coxswain in a mobile amphibious unit assigned to the Pacific campaign leaving Australia and island hopping from Buna New Guinea to his final duty with the liberation of the Philippines. After coming home from the war in 1946, he traveled before settling into a lifelong career as an ironworker and member of Local 424 for more than 40 years. This is when he met his wife, Shirley.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann McFadden of Fairfield; sister, Renee Williams of Stratford; sons, John H. McFadden III and his wife, Elaine, of Shelton, Joseph P. McFadden Sr. and his wife, Ann, of Stratford, James A. McFadden and his wife, Collette, of Hudson, Fla., Timothy W. McFadden and his wife, Eleanor, of Milford, Christopher M. McFadden and his partner, Allison Biele, of Fairfield, Michael T. McFadden and his wife, Melissa, of Trumbull; grandchildren, Meghan and John IV, Emilie, Tommy and Michael, Gary, Peter, James, Michelle and John, Kathryn, Kristopher and Kevin; and many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son, Paul Gerald McFadden; grandson, Joseph P. McFadden Jr.; father, John Henry McFadden, Sr.; mother, Helen McFadden; sister, Shirley McCormack; brother, William McFadden; brothers-in-law, Jack McCormack and Fredrick Williams; and lifelong friend, Red Tetu.
The funeral services will take place at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center and at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, Fairfield. Interment with military honor will follow in St. Michaels Cemetery, Stratford.
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