Henry J. Leffert, 86, of Fairfield, a former recreation director for the town of Fairfield and husband of Virginia Leffert, died Feb. 6 in Bridgeport Hospital.

Born on Jan. 22, 1925, in Fairfield, he graduated from Arnold College with a degree in physical education, recreation and health, and worked for the Fairfield public schools as a physical education teacher.

For the rest of his career, he was the town's recreation director, retiring in 1987. During his tenure, Leffert oversaw development of Lake Mohegan, the South Pine Creek athletic complex, Smith Richardson Golf Course and tennis bubble, as well as Penfield and Jacky Durrell beachfront pavilions.

With his wife, he taught round dancing for many years. He was a long-time member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fairfield, serving on the Vestry for several years.

Survivors, in addition to his wife of 61 years, include his son, Timothy Leffert and his wife, Ann, of Southport; his grandchildren, Matt and Jamie Leffert, both of Southport; a brother, Art Leffert and his wife, Margaret, of Mystic; his sister Patricia Watson and her husband, Bill, of Fairfield; a sister-in-law Barbara Leffert of North Carolina, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Gladys Leffert, and a brother James Leffert of Fairfield.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, or St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.spearmillerfuneralhome.com.