In Loving Memoryof Jim Michalek

September 12, 1946
Bridgeport, CT
December 30, 2018
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824

Service

Oak Lawn Cemetery

Graveside Service

1530 Bronson Road,
Fairfield,
CT 06824

Monday, January 7, 2019 11:30 a.m.

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Family Gathering

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James (Jim) Michalek

James (Jim) Michalek, age 72, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018. Jim was a lifelong Fairfield resident and an alumnus of Fairfield College Preparatory School. He was predeceased by his wife Tina Reynolds Michalek. He is survived by his sister, Eileen Sette and her husband Michael. Jim received his degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; he worked as a chemist for nearly 40 years before entering into the teaching profession at the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford where he found great joy in working with students. A graveside service will take place on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 1530 Bronson Road in Fairfield. Jim was also an ordained minister/pastor. In the 80’s he founded the “Rock Church” which was located in Fairfield. He held this position for approximately 10 years while working full time as a chemist. Also as a result of his church, one of his members, Moira Sires Thompson, decided to go to Kenya and opened Hope Homes International, an orphanage for abandoned children in Kenya. Jim purchased five acres of land which became the maize field that supplies food for the children and the staff. He also purchased the bore hole and pump to provide fresh water, and a brick making machine used to build the children's homes. Jim was one the Hope Homes Board of Directors and was deeply committed to the success of the organization. Hope Homes has been operating for over 16 years. One of Jim’s main passions in life was “street evangelism/witnessing.”

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8 Guestbook Entries for James (Jim) Michalek

  1. Eileen, family and friends: My deepest sympathy. I will surely miss Jim as a friend and neighbor.
    Jay

  2. Heartfelt condolences to Eileen and her family and Jim’s close friends on the sudden loss of their ‘brother’. Just a few days before he left us to be reunited with those who went before him, Jim drove by with a big wave and a toot of the car horn. Who knew that would be our last glimpse? He was wonderfully kind to my parents who lived next door, especially in their later years – may be rest in the arms of our Lord, free from all pain and worries of this life. May he rest eternally in beautiful peace.

  3. My warmest condolences to you, Eileen. What a “treasure” you had in Jim! It deeply saddens me to learn of his passing. He provided such a wonderful, caring and consistent “energy” daily to the AITE community. I have fond memories of our conversations. I learned so much from his perspective, insight and spirituality. Jim was an inspiration to his students. He truly cared about their academic development. Jim created unconventional and engaging ways to teach them. He took pride in doing so. And, as a former colleague and eternal friend, I am thankful for all of his contributions. They did not go unnoticed. “Live” in Paradise, my Friend. You have earned your rest.

  4. Jim was a fine gentleman and dedicated teacher. As the school’s first physics teacher and founding member of the science department, he helped build AITE into the exceptional school that it has become. The early days of the school were unique and challenging. Jim approached his students and colleagues with wit, enthusiasm and joy. His passing is a loss for his family, his community and the AITE community.

  5. Jim was a special man and teacher. He was among the first teachers to join our school and was instrumental in creating the science department. He taught chemistry and physics and made an indelible impression on all who had the benefit to know him. His demeanor and positive attitude were special and he treated students and colleagues in a most professional manner. His contribution to the development of our school cannot be underestimated.

  6. A great high school friend! Many great memories- he had the car and a cute cousin, Carol! Solid then and obviously through out his life.

  7. He was a great teacher and taught not just about science but other stuff as well. He also made you think about stuff and make you question everything. Very few teachers that i have had in the past have had this effect on me.