In Loving Memory of The Honorable Daniel F. Caruso

December 12, 1957
Greenwich, CT
February 25, 2018
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Friday 3-9 PM

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

March 02, 2018


St. Pius X Church

Mass of Christian Burial

834 Brookside Drive,
CT 06824

Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:00 AM


Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
CT 06824

March 03, 2018

Family Gathering


A Local Boy Scout troop

Notre Dame High School

220 Jefferson Street,
CT 06825

St. Pius X Church

834 Brookside Drive,
CT 06824

The Honorable Daniel F. Caruso

The Honorable Daniel F. Caruso, age 60, of Fairfield, the Probate Judge for the Town of Fairfield, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Born in Greenwich, the son of the late Frederick A. Caruso, Sr. and Ruth (Collins) Caruso Quiriconi, he was a lifelong Fairfield resident. Judge Caruso graduated from St. Pius X Parochial School, Roger Ludlowe High School, and received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and his Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School.
He was admitted to the CT Bar in 1983 and the U.S. District Court for the District of CT in 1984. Judge Caruso began his career in law with Paul Tymniak and Associates from 1984-1988, Daniel F. Caruso, Atty at Law from 1988-1997 and was currently a member of Owens, Schine & Nicola. P.C.
Judge Caruso was elected Probate Judge of Fairfield in 1995 and also served as Interim Judge for the districts of New Canaan, Greenwich, Westport and Stamford. He was a member of the Probate CT Assembly from 1995 to the present, serving as President from 2010-2012, and was also appointed to the Probate Redistricting Commission in 2009. He served as Chairman of the CT Siting Council from 2006-2011. Judge Caruso was elected to the CT General Assembly, 134th House District, from 1989-1995, serving as Assistant Minority Leader from 1991-1995; and he also served on the General Law Committee, Judiciary Committee, Regulation Review Committee and the Environment Committee.
Judge Caruso was dedicated and devoted to the Town of Fairfield. He was elected to the RTM, the Board of Finance and appointed Town Treasurer. Dan served on the Memorial Day Parade Committee and proudly served as Master of Ceremonies from 2011 to the present. He served on the Fairfield 375th Anniversary Committee, chairing its town-wide food drive.
He was a member of the Fairfield Kiwanis Club, Agape Society, American Red Cross, Fairfield County Chapter, Caroline House Board of Directors, Center for Women and Families, Board member of the Junior League of Fairfield, Greenfield Hill Grange, National Trust Heritage Advisory Board, Fairfield County Children’s Choir Board of Directors and a Board member of the Oak Lawn Cemetery Association. Additionally, Judge Caruso served on the Board of the Bannow Larson Foundation, Fairfield University Planned Giving Committee and the Trustees Advisory Council, Sacred Heart University, Center for Policy Studies. He served on the Diocese of Bridgeport Red Mass, Steering Committee from 2002 to the present.
Dan was a proud recipient of the Padre Pio Award in 2016 and a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He received the Notre Dame High School Community Spirit Award, attained the rank of Eagle Scout and received the Fairfield County Chapter Boy Scouts of America Good Scout Award.
A lifelong parishioner of St. Pius X Church, Dan served as lay reader, participated in many of the church functions and was a member of the St. Pius X Council 16347 Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer for the Salvation Army and always looked forward to ringing the bell during the holiday season. Judge Caruso will be remembered as a kind, gentle and fair man, deeply faithful to his religion, family, friends and to his beloved town of Fairfield. Dan was a mentor to many young adults not only in the practice of law, but more importantly, in the way he conducted his life. A life dedicated to others. Above all else, he loved spending time with his nieces and nephews while imparting his wisdom to them.
Survivors include his three siblings, Frederick A. Caruso, Jr. and his wife Gale (Bridges) Caruso of Stratford, Michael P. Caruso and his wife Jill (Runcie) Caruso of Easton and Nancy Elizabeth Caruso of Stratford; his cherished nieces and nephews, Blake, Tyler, Ava, Michael, Matthew, Arabella, Jennifer, James and Dylan; an aunt, Carol Caruso Ducret and her late husband Lucien of Old Greenwich, an uncle J. Fred Collins Jr. and his wife Susan of Stamford and many loving cousins. The family wishes to thank Dan’s trusted assistant, Kate Maxham and all his dedicated staff at the Fairfield Probate Court.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. meeting directly at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a local Boy Scout troop, Notre Dame High School or St. Pius X Church. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. Our sympathies to the Caruso family. Dan was a very kind, respected man who was always happy to catch up and lend a hand. An icon in Fairfield. With Love the DiGrazia and Morabito families

  2. Caring, Admired, Respected, Unquestionably the finest, Supremely a wonderful friend, Outstanding!
    We have all lost a community hero.
    Deepest sympathies to Dan’s entire extended family.
    Ken, and Liz Flatto

  3. My heart is filled with sadness. My prayers for the Caruso family during this time of grief and sorrow.

  4. To the Caruso Family:
    My deepest sympathy and prayers go to you on the passing of Dan. He was a very nice man who loved the Town of Fairfield and all of us. May he rest in the arms of the Lord!

  5. Our hearts go out to the Caruso family. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
    Deepest sympathies,
    The Degree Family

  6. Losing a friend is never easy; losing one like Dan Caruso is very sad. We met many years ago,
    long before the years we spent together as CT Legislators. Dan was good at everything: good
    son, good public servant, good citizen, good values. good friend. I will miss him
    To his Family and the Town he loved, I extend deepest sympathy.
    Jo Fuchs Luscombe. Westport

  7. Dan was a great guy went to high school with him, he was our class president. He never had a bad word for anyone and always went out of his way to say HI he will be missed

  8. To all of you: please accept our deepest condolences for this much-too-sudden loss. Love and hugs, Fran & Lou

  9. To the Caruso family, my deepest sorrow for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this time and I pray that Dan’s passing was peaceful. Thinking of you all during this trying time. Dan’s death leaves a great hole in the community as well as in your family.

  10. Chipper, Michael and Nancy, we are sending our sincere condolences and we are very sorry for your loss. Just know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. We definitely feel your pain.

  11. So sad to learn that our Alpha Phi Omega fraternity brother was taken too soon. He was reaching out to help others even at UCONN. He was the most honorable member of the frat and it is nice to read of the same sentiment from others. He will be missed by all those who he helped.
    Sympathies to his family during this difficult time.

    Your brother Mickey

  12. To The Caruso Family
    I was sadden to hear of the passing of Dan. We served many yeas in the Connecticut general Assembly together we came in 1989 together. My Deepest sympathies.
    Ernest Newton and Family.

  13. It is with great sadness that I was informed of Dan’s passing. He was an honorable man and judge, We interacted on numerous occasions when I was a selectman. His personality always shone through and he had the quality of making the person he was talking to feel like they were extra special. I wish his family and friends peace, knowing he is with God. Of this I have no doubt.

  14. I am still in shock and disbelief to learn of Dan’s sudden passing. My heartfelt sympathy & prayers to Dan’s brothers and sister and his entire family and extended work family & friends. Like Dan, I am a life long parishioner of St. Pius X Church and I have known Dan since our St Pius school days and at Ludlowe as well where he lead the class of ’76 as Class President. Dan was an exceptional, dedicated, compassionate, kind spirited, faithful and selfless man with the utmost integrity, always there to help anyone. His passing is a tremendous loss to his family, friends and Fairfield, the town he loved so much and where he touched so many and made an impact. We are forever grateful to Dan and he will remain in our hearts forever. God certainly has bigger plans for this extraordinary ‘angel’. Godspeed

  15. God bless you, Dan. Your service will be remembered by so many. My condolences to all your family. A life well lived.

  16. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the Caruso family. Dan touched many lives and was the kindest person I have ever known. Dan will be missed by all of us, but will never be forgotten. I worked with Dan at his law office for many years.

  17. My wife Ronda and I would like to extend our condolences to the Caruso family. I had the pleasure of knowing Judge Dan Caruso for over 25 years. I had the opportunity to appear before him in his capacity as a Probate Judge many times. I was always so impressed by his fairness, insight and the respect and compassion he showed toward others. Judge Caruso will be missed by the entire Town of Fairfield which he served with dignity. May he rest in peace. He will never be forgotten.

  18. Dear Caruso Family,
    Having lived in Fairfield 20 years ago, I too, knew Dan. I can sum my opinion of Dan: ” If any of us end up in HEAVEN, Dan will be waiting for us all ” .

    My condolences to each of your family members from Cairo, Egypt where I live now .

  19. “Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat; his lungs breath their final breath. If what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the bodies of others, makes them believe deeper in something that is larger than life, then his…spirit will be immortalized. (Immortalized) by the storytellers, by the loyalty, (and) by the memory of those who honor him, mak(ing) (what) the man did live forever” — Former professional wrestler “The Ultimate Warrior”

    RIP, my friend.

  20. Fred,

    I regret that I will not be able to attend the services for Dan. Please accept my sincere Condolences.

  21. Sincere sympathies to the Caruso family. Dan was extremely kind to my mother when she lost her husband in 1995 and helped her with her will. He helped my brother and I with the probate process last year when she passed away. He was so thoughtful and kind at that difficult time. I am saddened at his loss. We so need caring people like him.

  22. Caring, kind, selfless, dedicated and inspirational are just a few of the words that define my friend, Judge Daniel Caruso.
    He cared about and for others much more than he did himself.
    It was a privilege to be his friend since high school…..truly a privilege.
    The world is a little less bright knowing Dan is not sharing it with us. Rest well, Mr. Fairfield. All my love and respect.

  23. It is with deep sadness to gear of Judge Caruso’s passing. While volunteering during elections he was very kind to my young daughter who was helping with campaigning. He took time from his busy schedule to speak with her, offering praises to her and encouraging her. Dan was no politician, he was a true servant with a genuine servants heart. It is easy to understand why time and again he ran his campaign unapposed, he was the ideal qualified candidate. He will be sadly missed.

  24. My condolences to Dan’s family. He was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. And our Class of 1976 President. We all knew he would do great things and that is certainly confirmed. Me and my family offer our prayers for Dan and his family. May you rest in piece Dan.
    Bruce & Mary Ann Rudolph

  25. My sincere condolences for the loss of Daniel. Be assured that the almighty God truly cares for the family!

    May you find comfort in the promise that “… there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous” (Acts 24:15), and very soon “… no resident will say, ‘I am sick'” (Isa. 33:24) because “… death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”(Rev. 21:4)

    How is this possible? Visit JW. ORG and search for ‘Why did Jesus die?’. Then watch the video.

  26. God takes only the best of the best – that’s why it’s called Heaven. Dan will be forever loved and missed.

  27. Fred, Mike & Nancy,
    Susan and I express our sincere condolences on Dan’s passing. There a a void in my life that will take years to fill. I will miss his morning greetings and our daily conversations that we enjoyed over the past 20 years. Dan was a brilliant attorney, compassionate, considerate, a colleague and friend. Our office will never be the same.

  28. Wishing the Caruso Family Peace at this saddest of times. With deepest respect and gratitude. Brenda Lobdell and John Poeltl

  29. Mike Jill and family; my heart was heavy to hear of your brothers passing.
    God speed your heavy hearts; an amazing man family and legacy. Blessings and heartfelt condolences.

  30. Sending our deepest condolences to your family. Judge Caruso was a caring and supportive man and professional who helped our family grow through adoption and continued to support us through the years. He will be missed and we will cherish the fond memories.

  31. I only knew Judge Caruso for a few months but in that short time, I quickly realized what a special person he was. He was generous with his time and happy sharing his expertise with someone that was looking for advice. I will never forget his kindness and generosity and willingness to help me when there was nothing tangible in it for him. He will be greatly missed. My sincerest condolences to his entire family. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that he was a well respected man, of whom you can be very proud and who will be mourned by many in the community…

  32. I send love and strength to the Caruso family and all of Dan’s friends. I will miss him dearly. Over the past several years, I would pop in to see Dan at his condo sometimes weekly. We would shoot the breeze, talk politics, history and family over a drink. His friendship and advice in life were invaluable. There are countless people that looked to him for advice and guidance in their lives. The feeling of shock and loss is devastating. My love to you all.

  33. We live in Rome and just learned of Dan’s death. We are shocked and our hearts ache. Dan has been a dear friend to my husband Michael for 30 years- Dan has always been there for Michael -for the deaths of both his parents, our marriage, the baptism of our daughter and his support of Michaels latest venture here in Rome. As I read his obituary I am amazed at all of Dan’s contributions. I would like to add that he is and has been a true and trusted friend. Rest In Peace Dan and many blessings on those who mourn his passing. Monica and Michael Andrews

  34. Dan was always helpful when I had legal questions. He was a great neighbor and will be missed by all who knew him. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  35. My thoughts and prayers are sent to the family. Judge Caruso was a smart and kind man with a wonderful sense of humor. It was a pleasure knowing him by working in the probate court system. He always greeted everyone with a smile. He will be missed greatly by the State of CT, the probate court system, and all his friends, and acquaintances.

  36. My heart goes out to Judge Caruso’s family, friends and court family. He touched the lives of so many people with his kindness, wisdom and insight into the strengths and weaknesses of human nature. His contributions to his Town and State– well known to so many– also extended beyond our borders to Israel where the recovery of funds in one of his cases resulted in the construction of a wing on the Israeli Red Cross’s largest blood bank in the Middle East, serving all regardless of faith. He was the finest judge I ever appeared before, compassionate but always standing up for what was right and just. An example to all members of the Bar.

  37. Heartbroken that we’ve lost our dear friend. May time help those who loved Dan find some peace and healing. “Your life was a blessing. Your memory a treasure. Your are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.”

  38. We are so very sorry for your loss and send you our deepest condolences…we cannot begin to imagine the intense sadness, grief and void you are feeling…Dan was a kind, soft-spoken, honorable, and insightful man…he was a fair and compassionate human being…his gentle smile and twinkling eyes were a gateway to his soul…we hope with the passing of time that your hearts begin to heal -perhaps when you are able to reflect on all of the incredible memories you must have of Dan. Wishing all of you peace.

  39. His Honor, a Judge who served his community,
    And who took his work to heart.
    His face beaming with caring
    May be lost
    But the selfless spirit
    Remains impressed upon the soul
    Of our fair town
    And will be carried forth as an exemplar
    For generations.


  40. Into your hands, Oh Lord,
    We humbly entrust our brother.
    In this life you embraced him with your tender love; deliver him now from every evil and bid him enter eternal rest.

    The older order has passed away:
    Welcome him into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, or weeping nor pain, but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.

  41. Dan’s passing is a loss for us all. I saw Dan sporadically through the years but when I did it seemed as though it was just yesterday. He helped numerous people when they were down and was a big piece of the back bone of the community. We will miss him as we miss another friend of ours, John Murren.

  42. To the Caruso family:

    I was very sad to read about Daniel’s passing in “The Greenwich Sentinel” this past weekend. While I don’t believe I ever met Daniel, my late father, John Pampel (or J.B. , as he was often called), was a very close friend of Frank Caruso Sr’s. (Dad and Frank used to drive up to Fairfield University together every day and review for exams in the car on the way up!)

    What struck me in reading Judge Caruso’s obituary was how accomplished he was and how committed he was to his community. What an example he must have set for the young adults he mentored (especially in this day and age)! I sincerely regret not having known him.

    Before I close, I would just like to add one final thought; otherwise I don’t know when I’ll get another chance: my father’s life was truly changed for the better because of Frank Sr.’s friendship, and for that J.B. and my grandparents (Marianne and George) were very grateful, as am I to this day. I do not think it an exaggeration to say that when Frank passed away (in 1980?), my dad was devastated.

    God Bless you all. My mother, Ann, joins me in sending you our best wishes.


    Madeline and Ann Pampel

  43. Dan Caruso never missed an opportunity to help someone. He was the nicest person I have ever had the honor to meet.

  44. Dan was a thoughtful conscientious legislator and public servant. He was a true gentleman who will be missed.