Richard F. Fenton Sr., 79, of Danbury, devoted husband of Virginia (Brennan) Fenton, died peacefully at Danbury Hospital, Sept. 12, 2008, after a long and courageous battle with coronary artery disease.

He was born Jan. 21, 1929, in Bridgeport, son of the late Ambrose Fenton and Lillian (Barrett) Fenton.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy , serving during peacetime. He worked as a quality inspector for Perkin Elmer for more than 20 years. He also worked for many prominent area restaurants.

He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, AARP, and was an active parishioner of St. Gregory the Great Church.


He enjoyed fishing, golfing, video games and reading. He was a generous and loving son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. His grandsons, Tyler and Nicky were his pride and joy.


In addition to his wife of 59 years, he will be sadly missed by his son, Richard "Ricky" Fenton Jr. of Danbury; his daughter, Cindy Chiarella and her husband Kevin of Danbury; and two grandsons, Tyler and Nicky Chiarella.

He is also survived by his stepmother, Peggy Fenton of New Milford; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Irma Tompkins.

The Cornell Memorial Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association , 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.