John A. Spillane, 99, of Stratford, the husband of 60 years of Helen Bunting Spillane and a long-time member in the Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield, died Oct. 5, 2010, in the Lord Chamberlain Nursing Home, Stratford.

Born on June 10, 1911, in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Patrick and Mary Spillane. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served two years of combat in five campaigns in the European Theatre of operations. He worked for Carpenter Steel, retiring after 42 years.

In addition to the Gaelic-American Club, he was a member of the Carpenter Retirees and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also an avid Red Sox fan.

Survivors in addition to his wife include a sister-in-law, Lois Bunting of Stratford; nephews and a niece, Emmett Spillane of Stratford, Gail Luckart of Easton and Peter Devitt of El Paso, Texas, and several grandnieces and grandnephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters, Mae Spillane, Norine Nemergut and Bernice Devitt, and by a brother, Daniel Spillane.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Grace Church, 497 Second Hill Lane, Stratford. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull. Calling hours are Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home 39 South Benson Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Grace Church. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit