Roger Previs
1940 - 2019
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Roger Thomas Previs
Roger Thomas Previs, age 79 of Fairfield, beloved husband of nearly 54 years to Carol Previs, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Roger spent 35 years serving as an educator and principal in the Fairfield school system. He is survived by his wife, Carol Previs (nee Armatis); his sister-in-law, Sandra Clabby and her husband William; and two nephews, Shawn Clabby, Corey Clabby and his wife Anna. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 S. Pine Creek Rd., Fairfield. Friends are invited to greet the family Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 S. Benson Road, Fairfield. For information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.SpearFuneralHome.com



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Published in Connecticut Post on Apr. 13, 2019.
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May 1, 2019
Thanks for the memories...
Dear Carol We get chills of happiness to hear these glowing stories of Roger. We didn't know him as Mr. Previs' but rather as The Prev' or just Roger. We were so grateful and proud 55 years ago when he agreed to stand in as our Best Man! We lost touch a few years afterwards but he
(and you) have perennially been in our thoughts and fond memories.
Please accept our sincere condolences at Roger's passing. He filled his life with dedication and service to you and his schoolchildren. I know he is welcomed with open arms by our Heavenly Father!
Larry and Carol O'Toole
April 18, 2019
My mother (Irene Ryan) was Roger's school secretary for several years. She always had a lot of respect for him. I used to visit my mother after school and remember seeing him in the office. Deepest condolences to the Previs family.
Sally Daniels
April 18, 2019
I remember being in first grade at Stratfield School and not wanting to go to school. I refused to get out of the car. Mr. Previs came and helped walk me from my car and then sat down with me in the Cafeteria and told me how when he was my age he used to miss his mom too and that it would be okay. I never forgot that. He had such a huge heart and he knew every student's name. I am grateful for knowing such a caring educator.
Katie Burritt
April 17, 2019
So sorry to see that Mr. Previs has passed away. He was a wonderful man and a wonderful educator. I will always remember the great impact that he had on my four children Jonathan, Lauren, Casey and Ryan. Their time at Stratfield school was made special because he was there.

With fond remembrances, Michael Redler
Michael Redler
April 17, 2019
Life is a gift. Roger was a very special person whose life was truly a gift to countless children and adults. I consider myself blessed to have known him. Roger understood people. He had great compassion and empathy and a caring spirit that went well beyond selfless. Soft spoken and unassuming on the outside, Roger had an inner fire that lit up the world of countless individuals. That inner fire illuminated every person he met, a light that helped them see the best in themselves and what they could achieve with faith in themselves and hard work. Roger's philosophy of life, as I saw it, was to focus on each person as an individual, with special God given talents and gifts. He was a great listener. I have yet to meet a person with integrity and ethics as strong as Roger's. I met Roger in the twilight of his life and we became friends through our shared interest in beautiful hand painted antique porcelain. Roger had a great appreciation for the artistic efforts that went into creating them. My heart is heavy and sad that I will never have another thought provoking conversation with Roger or share admiration for a stunning piece of Limoges again with him. I miss him. I truly believe Roger is in his eternal home with his beloved grandmother. Rest in peace Roger as you share in the Resurrection of our Lord this Easter Sunday in heaven. Thank you for making this world on earth a better place.
Meg Greenawalt
Friend
April 17, 2019
Meg Greenawalt
Friend
April 17, 2019
Our deepest condolences. Roger was an outstanding educator and provided invaluable leadership while our four boys attended Stratfield School (between 1978 and 1993). Among so many other things, they remember dodge ball! The Johnsons, Fairfield, CT
Michele Johnson
April 17, 2019
Roger wasn't drafted to play center field for the New York Yankees because a young player named Mickey Mantle was chosen for the job. However, Fairfield chose him as an educator for the town. He turned out to be an exemplary teacher and principal. He loved teaching children! He will be remembered by thousands of families, colleagues, and friends. I had the pleasure of working for him at Stratfield School for five years. Lorraine and I extend our sincere condolences to Carol and the rest of Roger's family.
Joe Sabol
April 16, 2019
The Klinga family send their deepest condolences Chris, Curtis, and Courtney were always thrilled to have a principal who took such an interest in each child. We are grateful to have known him so well. He is fondly remembered.
Mr. and Mrs. Klinga
Virginia Klinga
April 15, 2019
Rest peacefully Mr Previs.
KMW Stratfield Elementary Class of 2000
April 15, 2019
I attended Stratfield School from 1981 thru 1986; so many great memories include juggling, unicycling, roller skating, Double Dutch, being introduced to Logo on the (now WAY back when) Apple II, participating in the Memorial Day parade, helping to clean up at the end of the Stratfield fair then getting free popcorn....I could go on and on...Mr. Previs was a positive influence on so many of us! Godspeed to an amazing educator.
Jennifer Hochberg Toller
April 14, 2019
I will always remember how kind Mr. Previs was. It was in the early 1970's when Mr. Previs found me crying at my desk which was put outside of the classroom because I misbehaved. He had compassion and saw to it that I was brought back into the classroom. I will also remember his kindness.

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

My deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace Mr. Previs.
Carol Kirschblum Cole
April 14, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Mrs Previs. You were a wonderful neighbor and will be truly missed.
Lydia and Scott Gerard
April 14, 2019
Gave me a new life in my teaching. Most influential influence in my 27 years of teaching.
He will be missed. Condolences to his family.
Patricia Ondek
April 14, 2019
Patricia Ondek
April 13, 2019
The best educator in Fairfield! Made every student feel special and encouraged them to great achievements! Rest in peace. Mr. Previs. Thank you for giving my children the foundation for success. Condolences to the Previs family.
Doris Dallas
April 13, 2019
Mr. Previs will always be the most influential teacher/principal Ive ever known. While attending Stratfield School from 1980-1984, he was my principal. He taught me and my fellow classmates many wonderful things that I still hold dear to me today as a parent with my own children at Stratfield School. I learned how to overcome fears and turned them into triumphs- learning how to ride a unicycle, juggle, jump double Dutch and how to be a friend to all.
Rest In Peace Mr.Previs,
Thank you for everything ❤
Samantha Parisi Gilhuly
Samantha Gilhuly
April 13, 2019
Mrs. Previs, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Mr. Previs was an amazing principal. I love telling my kids about my wonderful elementary school days 35 years later. Sincerely, Caitlin Flanagan Riley
April 13, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Maurice@beverly Ambro
April 13, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Maurice@beverly Ambro
April 13, 2019
Offering our deepest condolences during this time.
The Staff of Spear-Miller Funeral Home
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