Once you request the services of Spear-Miller Funeral Home, we will immediately put our experienced funeral professionals to work for you. A single, dedicated individual will stay in contact with you every step of the way and guide you through the decision-making process. He or she will carefully explain your options, make recommendations at your request, take care of all the small details, and ensure that you and your family’s personal touch is always present.

Our Staff:


Richard Miller is a lifelong resident of Fairfield, Dick is a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School ’82 and a 1986 graduate of The Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Dick has been associated with the Spear Funeral Home since 1991. Serving as a funeral director for over 25 years, Dick holds membership in the National Funeral Directors Association, Bridgeport Area Funeral Directors Association and the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, where he also served on the Executive Board.  In 2012 Dick achieved status of a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP).  A lifelong member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, he serves as a lector and Lay Council President. Community activities involve: Fairfield Lions, Fairfield Kiwanis, Fairfield Prep Alumni, Fairfield Harbor Commission, Fairfield Ethics Commission, The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and the Gaelic-American Club of Fairfield. Dick has served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Fairfield Memorial Day Parade and is a member of the Board of the Bridgeport Symphony. He is also a member of the Port 5 Navy Veterans and the Brownson Country Club. In his spare time, Dick enjoys golfing, fishing, running, and spending time with his family. Dick and his wife Betsy Browne Miller reside in Fairfield. He has two children, Shannon and Sean.

Upon Jon Spear’s retirement from the day-to-day operations, Dick assumed ownership of the business, and feels privileged to continue the caring and compassionate tradition began by Albert W. Spear in 1938.


Leah Michalewicz, is the newest member to the Spear-Miller staff, Leah was born in Bridgeport and raised in Ansonia. She graduated with honors from Hill Regional Magnet High School where she studied at the Yale Medical School working with Medical School student in the Anatomy Lab. While at Yale Medical School, and after losing her grandmother, Leah became interested in the funeral profession and the caring of others. She recently received her degree in Mortuary Science from Lincoln College of New England and has joined the Spear-Miller team as an apprentice while she pursues full licensure in Connecticut. Leah possesses the qualities to be a successful funeral director and looks forward to becoming a fully licensed director in the near future. In her spare time Leah enjoys performing professional manicures, working along side her dad in his auto mechanic shop and spending time with her younger sister Shannon.

Janice-CicciaJanice Ciccia is the Office Manager for Spear-Miller Funeral Home. Jan has been associated with the Spear-Miller Funeral Home family since 1985. Beginning as the hairdresser for the families we serve. When the workload of the funeral home increased, the late Carl Spear asked if Jan could help out in the office part-time, which quickly became a full time position. Jan has had the honor of assisting countless families through their loss, and is often the first person a family speaks to when they contact the funeral home. Her compassion and knowledge make her an invaluable member of the Spear-Miller team, and she brings great enthusiasm, knowledge and care to her position.

A resident of Shelton, Jan has been active in both St. Lawrence and St. Joseph Church where she served as a Youth Minister for 25 years, a Catechist, Leader of the Charismatic Prayer Group, a guitarist in the Folk Group and active in the Cursillo Movement. In her spare time Jan enjoys travelling with her husband Dominick, Quilting, Theorem Painting and spending time with Dominick and their two daughters and two grandchildren.

s3Nicole Commercio brings with her over thirteen years of experience providing individual, couples, and group therapy. She specialized in bereavement and has experience in hospice care. Her private psychotherapy practice is located conveniently in the center of town in Fairfield. As part of Spear-Miller’s Aftercare services, Nicole conducts ongoing support groups at no cost for those who have lost loved ones.
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Robert J. Sutter, Jr.: January 4, 1970- August 4, 2019

On August 4, 2019 our long-time beloved director, Bob passed away.  His dedication and the devotion to the families he served will be dearly missed.  Bob will forever be in our hearts.