Lifelong Fairfield resident Dr. George Lacovara was named the 2012 Fairfielder of the Year Wednesday by the Board of Selectmen.
Born and raised in Fairfield, Lacovara practiced dentistry in town and has served on many Fairfield boards and commissions, including the Police Commission and the Board of Health. He served as chairman of both bodies.
Lacovara also served as the president of the Kiwanis, currently holds a position on the Fairfield Ethics Commission, and is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Pius X Parish.
"In hundreds of ways, Dr. George Lacovara has served the people of the town of Fairfield," Janet Canepa, Director of Alumni Relations at Fairfield University, stated in her nomination. Lacovara is a Fairfield University graduate and former president of the school's Alumni Association.
The criteria for choosing a Fairfielder of the Year include outstanding volunteer commitment and exceptional personal qualities like leadership, initiative, reliability, integrity, cooperation, and spirit.
"He is an example role model and inspiration for goodness," Canepa told the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday. "He is a man for others."
Lacovara's wife, Joan, and family accepted the award on his behalf, as he was unable to make the meeting due to illness.
"He is a wonderful man who served this town for decades well beyond the list we've already heard," Selectman Kevin Kiley added.