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“May the memories of Paul and his love for his family bring you comfort and peace. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Carol Callahan - Fairfield, CT

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Lafayette Family, What an amazing light Paul brought to this world - we've all been warmed by it! The melody of his laughter infected our many...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Wells Spence & Family - AL

“May Paul rest in peace. I was an intern at The Jewish Home for several months. I truly enjoyed my experience and equally admired the exchange of love...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Cheryl Palmer - Milford, CT

“Dear Paul~ I hear your laugh and it makes me do the same with a smile from ear to ear! Your stories, your song, and spirit will continue to grace...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Carrie and Jon Ustun and family - VA

“Dear wonderful Lafayette family, I have many memories of holidays spent with your family and our Spence family in Weston. Boy, we got good at...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Colleen Spence Reed - Rockville, MD

“Offering our deepest condolences during this time. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: The Staff of Spear-Miller Funeral Home - CT

“Dear Jane, Adrienne, Joey, Jackie, Jeanette, and family, Sending my heartfelt condolences to all of you during this sad time in your lives. May...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Gina D. Curtin - Trumbull, CT


Paul W. Lafayette, age 77, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Jane C. (nee Mattos) Lafayette, passed on to his Heavenly Father on Monday, March 23, 2015 at The Jewish Home of Fairfield, after a long illness. Born in Oakland, CA, he was the son of the late Alfred C. and Cora (nee O'Connor) Lafayette. He is a former resident of San Francisco (CA), Salt Lake City (CA), Highland Park (IL), Chagrin Falls (OH), Pittsburgh (PA), Weston (CT), and New York City. He received a B.A. in Broadcasting from San Francisco State University, and worked as a sales manager for many different record companies, including Capitol. Most recently, he served many as a financial counselor, and was also an entertainment host, compiling and discussing many movie-show themes for such clients as 1199 in New York City and Founders Hall in Ridgefield, CT. In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by a sister, Cherie (and Nelson) McAfee of the San Francisco Bay Area, and six children: Michelle Nolan of Fairfield; Gabrielle (and Tom) Daves of Norwalk; Leslie (and Bill) Flocco of Reading, PA; Christopher (and Glenda Charles) Lafayette of Bridgeport; Adrienne (and Joseph, Sr.) Sanna of Bridgeport; and Noel Lafayette of Weston. He is predeceased by a brother, Alfred, Jr., of Oakland, CA. Paul is also survived by several grandchildren, the true treasures of his heart: Samantha and Hannah Nolan; Michael Mendoza and Ian Daves; Matthew and Trevor Flocco; Joshua Lafayette; and Christa, Joseph, Jr., Jacqueline and Jeanette Sanna. Other survivors include a brother-in-law, William Brock, and many nieces and nephews from California, as well as countless endeared friends and business associates from around the country. The most important times of Paul's life were with family and friends, from coast to coast. He spent most of his young life in movie theaters, which significantly contributed to his love and affinity for film, theater, and the arts in general. The most endearing times for him and Jane were taking the grandchildren, in small groups, to NYC every Thanksgiving season for dinner and a show. These experiences left indelible marks and countless memories on the lives and in the hearts of his grandchildren, his beloved pride and joy. His professional life netted countless memories, as well as the beginning of many life-long friendships. He served as a member of First Church Congregational's music committee, and supported Jane during her time spent as a deacon. His strongest memories at First Church were witnessing the numerous baptisms and confirmations of many of his grandchildren. A Celebration of Paul's life will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT. In lieu of flowers, Paul has requested donations in his name to either the Alzheimer's Foundation at www.alz.org or www.broadwaycares.org . On-line information and condolences can be accessed at www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com in Fairfield, CT.

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