John Morrill Lashar Jr., age 78, of Fairfield, passed away on Aug. 6, 2018.

Born in Bridgeport on Jan. 1, 1940, he was the son of the late John and June Martin Lashar.

In addition to his wife, just-retired 39-year Darien Public Schools teacher Kit Reilly, John is survived by his daughters Kristen Lashar of Fairfield, Allison Cottle and her husband Mike of Stamford, Sarah Lashar of Boston, sons John Lashar and his wife Debi of Hingham, Mass., James Lashar and his wife Eve of Easton, and William Lashar of Fairfield. He leaves his grandchildren, Ian, Tori and Emily Puebla, Lilly, Lucy and Lindsay Lashar, Victoria Jenkins and her husband Colin, and Annah, Drew, Sam, Molly and Josh Verderame. He is also survived by his sister Diana Thompson of Arizona, sister-in-law Laurel Lashar, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Jeffrey Lashar.

John was a Fairfield resident most of his life. He attended The Gunnery of Washington, Conn. where he was a star athlete. He later graduated from Andrew Warde High School. He enlisted and proudly served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. After his service John graduated from Bryant University.

He was a well known entrepreneur businessman, owning Management Forms and Systems and associated ventures. He was the proud owner of the Milford Ice Pavilion and Northford Ice Pavilion. John's passion was ice hockey; he played competitively all his life. He started at the age of 14 and continued playing for The Gunnery, within the tri-state area, Canada and most recently with the "Old Crabs" in Darien.

He also coached the Roger Ludlowe HS Hockey team for several years. John also excelled at hockey, skiing, golf, and tennis. He was a member of Brooklawn Country Club, Algonquin Club, Fayerweather Yacht Club, and Black Rock Yacht Club.

John was a good friend to many. He was always ready with a story, a joke or whatever the occasion required. He enjoyed long walks and talks at St. Mary's by the Sea in Black Rock. He will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, Old Academy Rd., Fairfield. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements in the care of the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to JDRF New England Chapter, 60 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. To sign an online register or to get travel directions, please visit

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