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Nellie (Linda) Fitch passed away on May 2, 2020, at the age of 77 at Danbury Hospital. She was born in New York City on August 24, 1942, to the late Louise Eddy and Spiro Halikas. She attended New York schools. When her kids were older, Linda decided it was time to get out of the house and looked into the job market. She was interested in the medical field and took a class on medical terminology and landed at Danbury Internal Medicine, where she worked for many years and made lifelong friendships there. She then went on to work at the Redding Highway Department until her retirement. Linda enjoyed oil painting, but her favorite hobby of all time was going to the beach. She always had the perfect tan to go along with her love of clothes, jewelry and perfume. She was always put together and loved to look good, she was a girly girl, indeed!
Milton D. (Dave) Fitch passed away suddenly at the age of 80, on September 13, 2022. Dave was born in Norwalk, CT on March 1, 1942, to Milton and Eva (Wright) Fitch. He attended New Canaan schools. He was a jack of all trades, always had a project going, but his heart was always in the construction field. His favorite thing to do was to run heavy equipment. You could drive with him through just about any neighborhood in the local area and he would always say “I dug that road” and he usually could tell you which machine he used to dig it as well. In his earlier years, Dave worked for Nazzaro Brothers and after that worked for 25+ years for the Town of Redding Highway Department. After his retirement, he decided he wanted to be busy and reached out to Nazzaro Brothers and they took him on once again, on an “as needed basis”. He worked for them, until about a year ago when he decided to retire, again. It kept him busy, and he was back doing what he loved, playing with the big trucks. You couldn’t go anywhere without him knowing someone, and he would tell you where they met, he might tell you about their family or what car they drove . . . always had the details! Since his death, a friend said it best “Dave was a man's-man and a gentle giant”, truer words have never been spoken.
Their story: They were married on March 19,1960 and celebrated 60 years of marriage before Linda passed away in 2020. They had two children, Brian and his wife, Suzanne and Karen (Ledan) and her husband, Brian, and their grandson, Joseph, who was their pride and joy. They enjoyed spoiling him and were great at it. Dave and Linda loved their family and there is nothing they wouldn’t do for them. Dave and Linda enjoyed camping and had a 5th Wheel and would stay at their site for weeks at a time; first in North Stonington, CT, then in Rhode Island and finally Copake, NY where they moved in late 2019. Unfortunately, Linda died before they moved in there. We encouraged Dave to move in and once he was ready, we helped him make that transition. It was the best decision he could make, as he made some great friends up there, and they became part of our family as well. We are forever grateful to everyone who kept an eye on him. He was not ready to give up that life because he would miss his friends. He passed away peacefully at his second home, his happy place. Dave and Linda loved going out to dinner, something they did many times a week. Wherever they were, they knew so many people and always felt at home. Whitlock’s Restaurant, Sinapi’s Pizza, JK’s, Jacquelines and the Holiday Diner were among their favorites. In addition to their children, they leave behind their sister, Sandra Ritch (John), and two brothers and sisters-in-law: Richard Fitch (Melinda) and Lowell Fitch (Lisa), as well as many nieces and nephews. Dave and Linda were animal lovers and also leave behind their two Yorkies, Johnny and Lola.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home; 9 Granville Avenue, Danbury. A prayer service will take place on Wednesday evening at 6:45 PM at the funeral home. Interment will take place privately.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, https://www.cvhfoundation.org. Catherine Violet Hubbard was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, and this sanctuary was built in her memory. Before Dave retired completely from Nazzaro Brothers, one of his projects was doing construction for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.
Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary
PO Box 3571, Newtown CT 06470