GOOD Morning Wilton has learned of the sudden passing of beloved Wilton School bus driver David Chizmadia, 56, of Fairfield. Chizmadia passed away Sunday, Jan. 6.

Wilton Public Schools director of human resources and administration Maria Coleman emailed parents of children on his bus route with the sad news on Wednesday.

“I regret to inform you that David Chizmadia, bus driver of bus 10, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday evening. This news came as a great surprise to David’s family and friends, all of whom feel a great sense of loss,” wrote Coleman, who added that Chizmadia, the longtime driver on bus 10, “…loved his time transporting students in Wilton; he often shared stories with his family about how the students had brightened his day.”

The school is accepting condolence cards from students and families who wish to send a note to the Chizmadia family. They can be sent to the Wilton Public Schools, attention Fran Williams, P.O. Box 277, Wilton, CT 06897.

Coleman has also made counselors and school mental health staff available if parents would like access to support for their children. Parents can contact school administrators for more information about such help.

Chizmadia was the loving husband of Kelly Chizmadia for over 30 years and devoted father of Justin and Jake Chizmadia. Born in Bridgeport to the late Stephen and Hazel (Cochran) Chizmadia, earned his GED and went on to become a welder with the Robert G. Warner Company for more than 20 years. The published obituary noted that Chizmadia loved his job as a school bus driver for the Town of Wilton. “The kids meant a great deal to him and he would come home daily with many stories to tell about the kids and how he enjoyed his day.”

Chizmadia had a love of motorcycles and of tattoos. His family was everything to him and he was a wonderful husband, father and a truly selfless person.

In addition to his wife and children, Chizmadia is survived by his loving sister, Elizabeth Chizmadia Fox and her husband, Kevin; his two brothers, Frank Chizmadia and his wife, Lee, of Milford; and Ernie Chizmadia and his wife, Lucille, of Fairfield; his sisters-in-law, Tracey Moore Chizmadia and Maryanne Piorek, both of Fairfield; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Cheryl Lynn Chizmadia and his brother, Stephen Chizmadia, Jr.

Friends are invited to attend his Celebration of Life on Friday, Jan. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd. in Fairfield. Interment to follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may greet his family on Thursday, Jan.10, from 4-7 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Rd. in Fairfield.

Donations may be made in his memory to Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer, 79 Main St., Suite 202, Framingham, MA 01702 or online. To send an online condolence, please visit the Shaughnessey Banks website.

photo used with permission of Stephen Chizmadia III/Facebook