One of the co-owners of Mr. Mac’s Canteen on Route 25 in Monroe died Feb. 9 in a snowstorm-related incident.
Raymond F. McPadden Jr., 49, of Shelton, died early Saturday morning after he collapsed while working to remove snow in the driveway at his home, according to the Shelton police. (See his obituary in the “Obituary” section on the Home page)
‘He could make a friend anywhere’
Chris McPadden said Monday his brother was a friendly person who loved his family, his job and the people he interacted with regularly.
“He was a happy guy,” Chris said. “He could make a friend anywhere. Everyone who knew him liked him.”
Chris said Ray Jr. thrived on doing activities with his children. “He really enjoyed spending time with his family,” Chris said. Ray Jr. was married with three children.
He also described his late brother as someone committed to his job. “He cared a lot about the business,” Chris said. “This is what he did his whole life.”
Ray Jr. was known as a sports enthusiast, wine connoisseur, music lover, and someone who liked to complete projects around his house and yard.
The son of Raymond F. Sr. and Norma Jean Peluchette McPadden, he grew up in Monroe and was a 1981 Masuk High School graduate.
The McPadden family owns Mr. Mac’s Canteen establishments in Monroe and Milford. They previously owned the Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport. Partners have included four brothers — Ray Jr., Chris, Jeffrey and Jimmy — as well as their father, Ray Sr.
Mr. Mac’s Canteen is known for serving traditional America grilled fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and egg sandwiches. The establishment opened in 2000 and regularly receives high marks for its offerings from food reviewers.
Connecticut magazine has ranked Mr. Mac’s Canteen as one of the best places to get a hot dog in the state.
The wake will be held Friday, Feb. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull.
The funeral is Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Ave., Shelton.
Raymond F. McPadden Jr. leaves behind his wife Marybeth Gauthier McPadden; three children, Michael P. McPadden, Raymond F. McPadden III and Christina R. McPadden; three brothers and three sisters, including Gretchen Conte of Monroe and Christopher McPadden of Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McPadden Children Scholarship Fund, c/o Marybeth McPadden, through the funeral director.
About the incident
According to a Shelton police press release, police, fire and EMS responded to a Shelton residence at 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Upon arrival, a man was found unconscious and not breathing.
The man, Raymond F. McPadden Jr. of 33 Darrin Drive, Shelton, was pronounced dead on the scene.
McPadden was plowing his driveway and his vehicle became stuck, police said. It appears he suffered a medical event while possibly shoveling out the vehicle. Police said the cause of death has not been determined.
McPadden was located by a neighbor after his wife became alarmed about his whereabouts.
At the time, roads were nearly impassable and a snowmobile with a sled had to be used to get him to an ambulance.