In Loving Memory of John J. Kochis

August 09, 1938
Bridgeport, CT
February 15, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


4:00pm - 8:00pm

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824

February 20, 2019


Holy Family Church

700 Old Stratfield Road,
CT 06825

Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:30 AM


Lawncroft Cemetery

1740 Black Rock Turnpike,
CT 06825

February 01, 2019

Family Gathering

National Assoc. of Navy Veterans, Port 5

69 Brewster Street,
CT 06605

February 21, 2019


John J. Kochis

John J. Kochis, a life-long resident of Fairfield, passed on February 15, 2019 with his loving wife Helen by his side. Jack and Helen had a wonderful 56 years of marriage, the love they shared was immense. Jack was loved and respected by many in the community. He gave so much of himself to others his entire life. Jack volunteered for many years coaching little league baseball and Pop Warner football while raising a family and at times working more than one job to support his beautiful family. Jack was a proud Marine and survivor of the ill-fated Paris Island Death March - Semper Fi. Jack loved the NY Giants, travelling, dining out and most of all spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jack’s generous ways were immeasurable, he would give anything to those he loved and anyone in need who crossed his path. After retiring from his job as an electrician at Fairprene, Jack continued to work as a bus driver for both children and senior citizens and most recently as a crossing guard until his health declined. Jack will be remembered for being his family’s Patriarch, always with a smile and a joke, and always the man you could count on. Jack will surely be missed by all that knew him; he was loved by his neighbors on Fairview Avenue where he and Helen lived their entire life together as well as countless friends and his extended large family. Jack is survived by his wife Helen, son Keith & Chrisie Kochis, daughters Karen (Kochis) & Doug Philipp, and Alicia Kochis and Dave Telo; grandchildren Kurtis Kochis, Carly Kochis, Sarah Kochis, and Jenna (Philipp) & Eric Swanson, great-grandchildren Roxi and Bailey Philipp. He was predeceased by his son Craig Kochis and grandson Jake Philipp who he has missed dearly for years and has now joined in Heaven. Calling hours are 4 – 8 at Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Rd., Fairfield, Wednesday, February 20th. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Church in Fairfield at 10:30 Thursday, February 21st. Interment with military honors will follow in Lawncroft Cemetery. A gathering in Jack’s honor will be held at 1:30 at Port 5 in Bridgeport.

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7 Guestbook Entries for John J. Kochis

  1. John was our crossing guard for over two years near Sherman elementary. He was such a great part of our community and he will be sorely missed by us parents and our kids.

  2. Mr. Kochis was our crossing guard at Sherman School and no matter what; inclement weather, distracted drivers, unruly children, he always had a smile on his face and a kind word for our kids. When we learn about the ripple effect of kindness, I think of how he set the tone for so many families in the morning. What a sweet, giving man and a shining example for our community. To his family, we send our sincere condolences. Sincerely, Alexis, Matt, Ellie and Liam Donovan

  3. Mr. Kochis was a crossing guard at Sherman School and no matter what–inclement weather, distracted drivers, unruly children, he always had a smile on his face and a kind word for our kids. When you think about the ripple effect of kindness and how many people he affected on a daily basis, he really set the tone for so many in our community. We send our sincere condolences to his family. Alexis, Matt, Ellie and Liam Donovan

  4. I knew Jack’s son, Keith, from a gym we used to go to and I used to see Jack and his family at the Hungarian Bistro in Fairfield every Friday night. Jack seemed to know everyone there, including my mother. My mom has known Jack since they were little kids and had nothing but good things to say about him and his family, then and now. On several occasions I had the opportunity to sit and chat with Jack, Mrs. Kochis and Keith at the Bistro. From those short encounters I could see that they had a close-knit family and Jack seemed to be the center of it all. Myself and the rest of the Jones Family extends our condolences to the entire Kochis family during this difficult time.

  5. A shining bright smile was guaranteed on our morning walks to school when Jack was there to safely cross our children. He embraced his responsibility and the community and children loved having him there. He will be missed! We are so sorry for your loss. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife and family. Paul, Stacy and Viviana Fama

  6. Dear Helen; I am so sorry for the loss of Jackie!
    All those fun times we had at Barb and Jim’s! Your family is a big part of my childhood memories. He made us all laugh and cry! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time!
    All my Love!