Funeral services have been set for Thomas McGillicuddy, who served Fairfield Preparatory School for more than four decades.

McGillicuddy, who was 83, died Jan. 4 at Bridgeport Hospital with his family by his side.

He joined Fairfield Prep in 1959 after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross.

During his 42 years at Prep, he served as math teacher, principal, dean of men, guidance and college placement counselor and controller.

“His most important and memorable role was being named the very first lay Dean of Discipline,” according to his death notice.

“Known to be tough but fair, he was respected by the boys at Prep and they knew they could count on him for assistance. He also had the distinction of being the first lay principal in the school's history, a post he held during the 1970s.

“More importantly, he was a friend, confidant, and mentor to countless students, faculty and alumni of the school.”

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road in Fairfield. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fairfield University’s Egan Chapel.

Burial will be immediately following the Mass at Lawncroft Cemetery in Fairfield.

McGillicuddy was married for more than 59 years to Joan Costello McGillicuddy. They were Fairfield residents for more than 45 years.

In addition to his wife, he leaves behind his son, Steve, of Fairfield (Class of '77); daughter Patty McGillicuddy Foley and her husband, Tim (Class of '81), of Trumbull; his son, Brian (Class of '81), and his wife, Celeste, of Trumbull; and his daughter, Cathy, and her wife, Marikate Murren, of Enfield; and a sister, Marie Coyle, of Worcester, Mass..

Even after his passing, McGillicuddy will still be giving to the Fairfield Prep community.

His death notice asks that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Fairfield Preparatory School, 1073 North Benson Road, C/O Thomas McGillcuddy Scholarship Fund,

The scholarship “will afford a deserving young man the opportunity to attend Fairfield Prep, a place he loved and made a part of his extended family.”