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John Harold Fidler

February 18, 1957 ~ July 30, 2017 (age 60)

John Harold Fidler II, 60, of Old Saybrook, CT, died suddenly Sunday, July 30 while hiking Mt. Katahdin in Maine with his family. Born February 18, 1957 in Hartford, CT, he was the son of John and Nellie Fidler. Raised in South Windsor, CT, John graduated from South Windsor High School in 1975 as an All-CVC basketball player and National Honor Society student. He holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and 6th Year in Education from the University of Connecticut. At the time of his death,  John was still serving as Principal at East Hampton High School, in East Hampton, CT. He was a beloved member of the East Hampton Public Schools community, working as a special education teacher, athletic director, coach, assistant principal, and principal in his 27-year tenure. In his spare time, he was often found mountain biking, hiking and camping. He had a love for Martha’s Vineyard, MA, spending many summers with his family on the island. He was a founding member of the UCONN Ultimate Frisbee Team, a club sport that is still running strong nearly 40 years later. His love of music was obvious as a Grateful Dead and jazz aficionado. Aside from his parents, John is survived by his wife Joan (Fontanella) Fidler, his sons Jack and Jeffrey Fidler, his three sisters and their spouses – Nancy and Eduardo Meza, Tracy and Skip Olander, and Gretchen and Herman Fuller, several cousins, nieces, and nephews, as well as his Boston Terriers Zoe and Joe. Public calling hours will be held Friday, August 4 from 4-8 pm at East Hampton High School, 15 North Maple Street, East Hampton, CT. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 5 at 11 am directly at St. Patrick’s Church in East Hampton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the John Fidler Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be sent to East Hampton High School, John Fidler Memorial Scholarship, c/o Linda Malavasi, 15 North Maple Street, East Hampton, CT 06424. Spencer Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave online condolences, please visit

 Service Information

August 4, 2017

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
East Hampton High School
15 North Maple St
East Hampton, CT 06424

Funeral Mass
August 5, 2017

11:00 AM
St. Patrick Church
West High St
East Hampton, CT 06424

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