John E. Ready, 84, of Fairfield died Feb. 6 at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield.

Born in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late John Ready and Mabel Johnson Ready, and had been a Fairfield area resident most of his life. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served in the 11th Airborne Division as a paratrooper in the Pacific theater.

After the war, he returned to the area and began his career in the plumbing trade. He was a member of Local 777 Plumbers and Pipefitters for more than 60 years and worked for various companies, including the Frouge Corp. and E&F Construction. In the years shortly before his retirement he worked in the nuclear power industry at various plants. He was also a partner with the late William Simko in R&S Developers of Fairfield.

He was a member of America-St. John's Lodge No. 8 of the Connecticut Freemasons in Stratford for almost 62 years, as well as the Second Company Governor's Foot Guard.

Survivors include his companion, Esmee Hurlburt of Fairfield; two sons, Robert Ready and his wife Margee of Stratford and John Ready of Shelton; a sister, Mary Ann Cass of Fairfield; five grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Richard Ready; sisters Elizabeth (Betty) Kopen and Doris Ready, and his former wife, Ann Ready.

A funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, followed by burial in Lakeview Cemetery, Bridgeport. Calling hours will be Thursday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit