In Loving Memory of James F. Conley

July 26, 1936
Bridgeport, CT
May 15, 2018
Stratford, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824

Visitation

Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Sunday 3-6 PM

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

May 20, 2018

Service

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

Funeral Home Service

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

Monday, May 21, 2018 10:30 a.m.

Cemetery

Willowbrook Cemetery

395 Main Street,
Westport,
CT 06880

May 21, 2018

Family Gathering

Charity

TLC Sweet Souls Rescue

53 Hanover Road,
Newtown,
CT 06470 Attn: Laura Dorr and Kim Sokolski



James Francis Conley

James F. Conley, age 81, of Stratford passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Jim was a strong man who made this world a better place. He will be remembered for his compassion, kindness toward others, quick sense of humor, and his love for sports. He will truly be missed by his family and many friends.

Jim was born in Bridgeport to the late James F. Conley and Catherine McMahon. He was educated at the St. Charles School in Bridgeport, Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, New Haven State Teacher’s College and the University of Bridgeport. He was a standout athlete in both high school and college as a member of the varsity track and field, soccer, and tennis teams.
Jim had a dual career for the Town of Fairfield working for both the Recreation Department and the Public Schools. He held many recreation positions including playground instructor, lifeguard, indoor rec supervisor, Connie Mack League Director and was promoted to Assistant Director in 1957. He was a program innovator and champion for the special needs population. He was the first Director of Penfield Pavilion when the Town purchased Sun Haven Beach Club in 1976.

Jim touched many lives during his teaching career. He served as a mentor to many students in and out of the classroom. He taught grade six at Fairfield Woods and Nathan Hale before moving into Special Education at Tomlinson Junior High, Roger Ludlowe High and Fairfield High. Jim was inducted into the Connecticut Association for Learning Disabilities Hall of Fame in 1983. He retired in 1994 after 34 years of excellence in the classroom.

Jim was a natural athlete who participated in many sports including softball, basketball, and golf. He enjoyed traveling with family especially to Cape Cod, Lake George, Vermont, and Florida. Jim was a childhood NY Yankee fan who became an adult NY Mets fan. He often attended Spring Training with his wife on winter trips to Florida. His football team was the NY Giants.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 40 years, Fannie Papageorge Conley, his children: Michael Conley of Fairfield; Maura Smith and her husband, Jason, of Milford; Kim Sokolski and her husband, David, of Fairfield; Kevin Conley and his wife, Denise, of Black Rock; and Susan Conley and John Thomas of Milford. Grandchildren are Todd Conley, Casey and Joe Sokolski and Jake Conley. He is also survived by one great-granddaughter , a brother, Robert Conley of St. Augustine, Florida, a niece Kristin Conley of Shelton and nephew, Ryan Conley of Fairfield.

Jim was an animal lover. Anyone wishing to may make a contribution to TLC Sweet Souls Rescue, 53 Hanover Road, Newtown, CT 06470. Attention to Laura Dorr and Kim Sokolski.

The family would like to thank the Connecticut Hospice, Inc. Home Care for their kind and compassionate support of Jim during his final months.

A funeral service will be held Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport. Friends may greet the family Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 3:00 pm. to 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com



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17 Guestbook Entries for James Francis Conley

  1. Dear Fanny,
    We are so sorry for your loss and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Peace,
    Ann and Bob Logan

  2. Fannie, what a nice picture ofJim. I was sorry to hear about Jim’s passing, but we all know he is in a better place.

    May God hold both Jim and you in the palms of His hands now and forever.

    God less you.

    Kathy

  3. My deepest condolences to Family and friends of James Conley. He was a great contributor to the educational prowess of the Fairfield Public Schools and we are deeply indebted to him for his ever so many contributions. May you rest in peace, James and may your family be comforted by the many memories they have of you.
    Joseph S. Zapytowski

  4. My deepest condolences go to the Family and friends of James Conley. He was a great contributor to the prowess of the Fairfield Public Schools as an educational institution. James may you rest in peace and may your dearest ones be comforted by the many beautiful memories they have of you.
    Joseph S. Zapytowski

  5. Jim was a great guy and made your life a better one. He was always great to be with .He knew how to enjoy life and make you share in that. I always enjoyed things more when he was around. He was loved and respected by the staff and the students. He had a winning attitude toward life.

  6. Fannie, So sorry to hear of JIm’s passing. He was a great person & teacher. I was surprised to hear that he also attended my alma mater, St. Charles school. Living I rural Maine I will be unable to attend the services but my thoughts & prayers are with you.

  7. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a good man, friend and colleague. May he Rest In Peace and may Fannie and the family be comforted to know he will always be remembered by so many that had the privelege of knowing this kind man.

  8. Fannie,
    Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers from SW FL. I still have the Carl Yastrzemski cards Jim gave me. He was a wonderful baseball friend, even to a Red Sox nut like me. I’m so glad I knew him. Much love and hugs to you my forever friend. ❤️

  9. Fannie,
    Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers from SW FL. I still have the Carl Yastrzemski cards Jim gave me. He was a wonderful baseball friend, even to a Red Sox nut like me. I’m so glad I knew him. Much love and hugs to you my forever friend.

  10. DEAR FANNIE…..

    sending my sympathy and condolences to you ..and family
    have nice memories of JIM…FROM 1970S AND 80S
    MY BEST WISHES FOR YOU….FANNIE

  11. Fanny and family – -I don’t need to tell you how far back I go with Jim and you for that matter. I am so sorry for your loss. I just saw Mike and he told me what was going on; at least now he is in peace. Take care of yourself , you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Marie Malito Palmieri

  12. Fannie and family. So sorry to learn about your loss. Jim was a special person who really cared about his students. I enjoyed working with him and appreciated his twinkling eyes and positive thinking.

  13. Fannie – I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  14. Fanny. I am so sorry to hear about Jim . I have so many fond memories about first meeting him when he was my playground leader to our many golf adventures. I always enjoyed visiting Jim and hearing about his next new excitement . He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Sincerely. Bob.

  15. Fannie
    So sorry to learn today of Jim’s passing. Jim was a special friend to Jacqueline and I and we will miss him and the qualities he brought to our friendship, his sense of humor and joy of life among them. Please accept our warmest condolences.

  16. Fannie
    So sorry to hear today of Jim’s passing .Jim was a special friend to Jacqueline and I and we will miss him and the qualities he brought to our friendship-his sense of humor and the joy of life among them. Please accept our warmest condolences .