John E. Gearin, 92, formerly of Norwalk and Newtown, died Aug. 12 in New Milford after a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 20, 1920, in Norwalk, the son of the late John and Eunice (Williams) Gearin. He was a notable athlete and played for the famous 1939 Norwalk High School football team.

He served aboard the submarine USS Cochino during World War II.

He married Mildred Carusone, of Westport, in 1940. They were married for 62 years, enjoying a love affair that began on the dance floors of the big bands of the 1930s and never ended, even after her passing in 2002. They raised five children in Norwalk and Newtown before retiring to the historic Old Mill Road district in New Milford.

He was employed as a design engineer by Sikorsky, and later, by Perkin Elmer.

He never lost his Irish charm. He was known for his lifelong example of independence, integrity, responsibility and honor.

He is survived by four children, Pam Fagan, Jack Gearin, Nora Bardo and Dan Gearin; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two children, a son, Patrick, and youngest daughter, Melissa.

Calling hours will be Aug. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St. in New Milford. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., followed by interment at Center Cemetery in New Milford.

Memorials may be made to the New Milford VNA, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford CT 06776.