In Loving Memory of Winston J. Bish

November 23, 1944
Bridgeport, CT
August 01, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Monday, 4-8 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,

August 05, 2019


Black Rock Church

Memorial Service

3685 Black Rock Turnpike,
CT 06825

Saturday, August 24, 2019 11:00 a.m.


Family Gathering


Winston J. Bish Memorial Fund. Checks made out to Fairfield Community Foundation (in memo of check please write Winston J. Bish Memorial)

40 Richards Ave.,
CT 06854 or online at ( Click on Donate Now and enter Winston J. Bish in search box.

Winston J. Bish

Winston J. Bish, age 74, of Fairfield, formerly of Bridgeport, husband of “the love of his life” Corinne Dellaera-Bish, was called home to be with his Lord August 1, 2019. Born in Bridgeport, the son of the late Alexander Bish, Sr. and Justina Freeman Bish, he had been a lifelong area resident. Winston graduated from Bassick High School, where he was a star football player, and ran track. He proudly served in the 101st U.S. Army Airborne in the Vietnam War. Following his military service, he graduated from the University of Bridgeport and earned his Master’s Degree in Unified Arts and Education from Central Connecticut State University. His first teaching assignment was at Tomlinson Middle School; the majority of his teaching years were at Madison Middle School where he looked forward to being with his students and the staff every day until his retirement in 2008. He was the head coach of the Trumbull High School hockey team for many years. He was presented the CT Chapter of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association for Division II Coach of the Year Award for 1987-1988. He was inducted into the Trumbull High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1989-1990. The March 1993 issue of Goalie Magazine recognized Coach Bish as the only African American head high school hockey coach in the United States. Winston was truly beloved by his many students whose lives he touched throughout his career; many who have kept in contact through calls and visits. During his illness, Winston met many of his former students: doctors-nurses-physical therapists-aides who cared for him with the same love and respect he had offered them. He had a true love for children and children were naturally drawn to him. While serving in the military in Vietnam he sponsored a young Vietnamese girl so she could go to school. He also coached a baseball team for the children of soldiers at his Army base in Georgia. Winston was a coach for Bridgeport Youth Hockey and worked for many years at the Wonderland of Ice. Winston always loved to stay active and enjoyed playing amateur Jai Alai and golf. Winston was a talented artist and craftsman. He was a gifted oil painter, and could build and repair just about anything. In his younger years, he worked for the Liberty Banjo Company in Bridgeport and most recently launched his own line of banjos-Bish Banjos- which are true works of art! He was a long-time member of Black Rock Church. He was always willing to assist anyone in need. Survivors in addition to his loving wife Corinne include five brothers, Warren Bish, Anderson Bish (Penelope) of Bridgeport, Edmund Bish (Felicia) of Trumbull, Brian Bish (Gloria) and Emerson Bish of Bridgeport, as well as many cousins and nieces and nephews who he treasured. He was predeceased by siblings, John Moales, June Womack, Alex, Oliver and Justine Bish. Friends may greet the family Monday, August 5, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. Entombment will be private. A memorial service celebrating Winston’s life will be held at Black Rock Church on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation in Winston’s memory to the Winston J. Bish Memorial Fund. Checks may be made to Fairfield County Community Foundation (please place Winston J. Bish Memorial in memo line). 40 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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10 Guestbook Entries for Winston J. Bish

  1. Dear Corrine, I am so sorry for your loss. It was an honor to work with Winston at Madison. I will always remember his willingness to participate with other faculty in talent shows (Black & Blues brothers) as well as with the concert band. We had many laughs together. You are in my prayers.

  2. So sorry Corrine. I have such nice memories of Winston at Liberty Banjo. So thoughtful and always a smile. We loved the sound of his sneeze. It was a blessing knowing him. Our condolences from the The Morrissey family.

  3. Our prayers are with you and your family, Warren. May the Lord comfort you and give you the strength of His presence. Don and Gloria Treash

  4. Corrine,
    I don’t have to tell you what a great guy Winston was. He would do anything for anyone. It was an honor to work with him for so many years at Madison Middle School until we retired together in 2008. We had many laughs together as we would usually come up with something funny for talent shows and retirement parties at Madison. I’ll never forget dressing up and going on stage as Shania Twain with Winston as one of my backup singers. He knew just how to dress and put on the makeup to make an attractive women. RIP my friend.

  5. My husband and I are sorry to hear of Winston’s passing. I knew him as a teacher in Trumbull, full of patience and kindness, very soft-spoken. Domenic knew him (and the Bish family) as a teacher from Bridgeport. We both are saddened by his passing, but have only good memories of him. May these memories bring you peace. You will be in our prayers,

  6. Dear Corrine,

    Although it has been decades, Jim DeCava and I can’t help but reminisce about all the good times we had with Winston at Liberty Banjo. Winston was a kind, gentle soul with much great respect of others. His talent and good humor will be greatly missed. He made a lifetime of good memories for all the people his life touched. Thoughts and prayer to you and Winston’s family.

  7. Dear Warren and Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss in the death of your brother Winston. I am holding you in my prayers. May you find peace and comfort in the consoling love of God. Peace, David Spollett

  8. Dear Corrine and family, I am so sorry to hear of Winston’s passing on. I had the pleasure of working with him at Madison Middle School, always impressed by his gentle spirit and kindness – I always left his classroom/workshop feeling better than when I entered! No doubt you all feel better for having him in your lives, may your memories of love sustain you ~

  9. To my Best Friend and the Bish family: As we remember 50 years of friendship, laughter, cards, and travel, the devastation we feel is all the more intense. However, the memories we share of Win are rich in the comfort of his love, goodness, character, and spirit, and that is gratifying at this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Will always love you both.
    Renee and Bruce