In Loving Memory of Stephen Petrovich

October 07, 1932
Bridgeport, CT
April 11, 2020
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Private Graveside Service at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. A public Mass will be held at a later date.


Family Gathering


US Veterans Affairs Department

950 Campbell Ave.,
West Haven,
CT 06516

Stephen Petrovich

Stephen J. Petrovich, age 87, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Stephen was born October 7, 1932 to the late Helen (Biellik) Smarzik and the late Stephen J. Petrovich Sr. He was a graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School, attended Bullard-Havens Technical School, and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked at DuPont Corporation as a Mill Wright. Throughout most of his adult life, he was known for sharing his affinity of bicycles to locals in town, his neighbors and family. Many knew Stephen as “The Bike Man” in Fairfield. His passion for bicycles brought happiness and joy to his life and he loved to share that joy with others. Stephen was a kind, gentle man, who loved flowers and gardening, animals, classic cars, tinkering in his garage, and spending time with family. He always gave words of wisdom and encouragement and was kind to everyone he met.
He cared deeply for his family and loved ones and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Stephen is survived by his beloved wife, Joan (Herman) Petrovich, to whom he was happily married to for 60 years. In addition to his wife, Stephen is survived by his daughter, Deborah Petrovich and her wife, Elisabeth Cade of Monroe; his grandchildren, Stephen Gustafson and his husband, Brian McGunagle, and their son Henry, of Westport; Kevin Gustafson and his fiancé, Lauren Demaray, and his son Dylan, of Washington; Laura Gustafson and her fiancé, Brandon Abbey, of Norwalk; and Bridgette Gustafson of Monroe; his step-grandchildren, Andrew Strauss of New Haven, Peter Strauss of New Jersey, and William Strauss of Pennsylvania; his sister, Judy (Don) Keegan of Stratford; his sister-in-law, Catherine (Bill) Coleman of Cooperstown, New York, his brother-in-law, Bill (Vicki) Herman, of Fairfield; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Joanne (Joan) Karker. A private burial will be held at Gate of Heaven cemetery, Trumbull, and a memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation in Stephen's memory to the US Veterans Affairs Department in West Haven, Connecticut. To offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. To my Dear Uncle Steve, I pray that you find Peace with Family in Heaven. I pray for your Family still here with us on Earth. I pray that we cherish our time with loved ones. I will Love & Miss You Always…Your Niece, Leigh

    • Knew Steve for many yrs at Dupont and purchested many biycles and vehicals over the yrs. He was a plesure to know and work with. ken isidor

  2. Dear Joan, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your wonderful husband who I considered a true friend for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. So sorry to hear of Steve passing. As my children were going up they always went to visit Steve and he always helped them. May you rest in peace .

  4. To the Petrovich Family my deepest sympathy from the Skog family. Stephen was the one of the nicest guys in our neighborhood. I can’t count how many times he fixed our bikes and he took so much joy in doing so. We’ll miss seeing him puttering around the yard. You are in our prayers.

  5. Our condolences on the passing of Steve. George and Steve knew each other for many years through various flea markets where they bought, sold, traded and bartered bicycles and bicycle parts with each other. I met Steve on several occasions also, and found him to be a very pleasant, polite gentleman. George, too, was particularly fond of Steve. Again, very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. Please let us know of any future memorial service that we might be able to attend. Peace be with you all. Our e-mail address is:

  6. I worked with Steve for only 2 years at DuPont, and he was one of the most knowledgeable and yet friendly members of that crew; later I was to find that he lived only a few houses from my brother Bob. When I visited my brother I would often see Steve working in his garage and I would stop for a talk.
    My condolences to his wife, family and the Fairfield community on the loss of a truly fine man.

    • My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Steve Petrovich. I only knew him as the “bike man”.
      That wonderful hobby helped so many people and kept him busy, too, with fixing things, making new friends, sharing his expertise. He reminded me of my dad. Thank you, Steve.