Maurice Joseph Fenton

June 29, 1930 - February 8, 2022
Maurice Joseph Fenton


Maurice J. Fenton, age 91 of Leland, NC, the beloved husband of Eleanor Ryan Fenton passed away peacefully on February 8, 2022.

Maurice was born on June 29,1930 in Bridgeport, CT and was the son of the late John and Mary (Reardon) Fenton.

He was a member of the Fairfield College Preparatory School’s 1948 graduating class. He earned his BA in Mathematics (1952) and MA in Education (1956) from Fairfield University. He
was an active member of their alumni and a past president of the Bridgeport Alumni Division of the University. He also studied at Yale University under a National Science Foundation
Grant.

He was a proud Army Veteran of the Korean War. In 1953 he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V device for heroism. He was Honorably Discharged from the Army in 1954 with the rank of Sergeant First Class. He remained a long-time member of the Catholic War Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Maurice lived in Stratford, CT for 38 years where he and Eleanor raised their family. He was a former Trustee of Our Lady of Grace Church in Stratford, CT where he also served as President
of their Home School Association and President of the church council. He was a Red Cross volunteer for a number of years. Many summers he would plan the Fenton Family picnics for generations to enjoy.

He enjoyed his Irish heritage as a member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield, CT and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians in both Bridgeport, CT and Wilmington, NC.

Maurice taught mathematics at Milford High School and Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge where he was Chairman of the Math Department. He was also an Assistant Principal of Bethany Regional Junior High School, Bethany, CT. At Staples High School, Westport, CT he taught mathematics and served as Assistant Principal. After a 33 year career in education he retired in 1988.

Maurice and Eleanor moved to Leland, NC in 1998 where he enjoyed years golfing with the “Senior Tour” at Magnolia Greens. He would proudly share stories about his two holes-in-one and point to the plaques in the clubhouse marking his achievement.

He was a member of St. Mark parish in Wilmington, NC.

For many years he was an enthusiastic Brooklyn Dodger fan. His favorite football team was the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame University. He also attended many Army games at West Point with his brothers, his children and many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Eleanor Ryan Fenton, sons Daniel Fenton of Seattle, WA, Thomas Fenton and his wife Carole of Bangkok, Thailand, daughters Catherine Peterson and husband David of Wyckoff, NJ and Christine Fenton of Suffolk, VA. He leaves a sister, Kathleen Morrissey, his sisters-in-law, Elaine Ryan and Sr. Rosemary Ryan RSM and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Timothy John Fenton, brothers John, James and Francis, sisters Mary Fenton, Noreen Rawley and Evelyn Nolan.

If you would like to make a charitable donation in Maurice’s memory, please consider the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.

Services to celebrate Maurice’s life well lived will be held at a later date.

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  • September 04, 2022
    Angelo Guerrera says:
    Sincere condolences to the Fenton family. Dan, many years have passed since our Prep days. So sorry for your loss.

  • February 16, 2022
    David Quatrella says:
    My condolences to your entire family. Maurice’s son Dan and I were friends at Fairfield Prep and Maurice raised a good son. I’m sure this is indicative of a good father and a good man. May he rest in piece.

  • February 16, 2022
    Carolyn Nolan Morrison says:
    My life is full of many many amazing memories of my Uncle Mossy. He was a rock to me throughout my 4 years at West Point. He helped me pass math classes, would pick me up from West Point on long weekends, attended all the Football games and brought me wonderful homemade goodies, and was a shining example of a devout Catholic gentleman. I knew he served in the Korean War, but had no idea what a true hero he was until now. I am bursting with pride as a veteran. Sending so much love to all my cousins and my Aunt Eleanor.

  • February 21, 2022
    Dan Senft says:
    Mrs. Fenton, Dan, Cathy, Christine and Tom: My sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and Dad. So many good memories growing up with all of you on Bunnell Ave. From the street parties, playing ball and sled riding at Bunnell, watching our everyday favorite Hollywood Squares and our many years together is something that I will always cherish. I can still picture your dad with a pipe in his mouth and watching his favorite ND on TV! He was such a kind and caring man! I know the Good Lord has welcomed him with open arms where he now can be reunited with Timmy! Pat, Charlie, Steve, myself and our families send our love and prayers and wish you all God's continued blessings!

  • February 21, 2022
    Alice O'Neill says:
    Please accept my sincere condolences. My husband John and Maurice were golfing buddies. I have missed seeing both of you at mass at St. Mark. Maurice had many accomplishments in his life, and wonderful memories for you to cherish.