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Ray McPadden Jr. Was 'One of a Kind'

The 49-year-old Shelton man who died shoveling during the blizzard was the co-owner of Mr. Mac's Canteen in Monroe and Milford.


Raymond F. McPadden Jr., the 49-year-old Shelton man who died shoveling his driveway during the blizzard, was a businessman who believed in giving back to the community.

McPadden was co-owner of Mr. Mac's Canteen, which has two locations — one in Monroe and another in Milford.

In Monroe, McPadden was known for his generosity. When A.J. Rogers, a 19-year-old town firefighter was diagnosed with leukemia, McPadden made a donation, and when police officers held a Cop-On-Top fundraiser for the Special Olympics athletes, Mr. Mac's Canteen grilled free hot dogs and hamburgers for people who came by.

"Ray was one of a kind," said Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley, whose sons hosted the fundraiser for the firefighter. "He always had a good word for everybody. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

Preliminary Investigation

Shelton police said a preliminary investigation revealed McPadden was plowing his private driveway on Darrin Drive when his vehicle became stuck. It appears he suffered a medical event while shoveling out the vehicle, according to a press release.

A neighbor saw McPadden after his wife became alarmed that he had not returned to their home, the release said. Police, Fire and EMS crews responded to a 4 a.m. medical emergency call on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Roadways were nearly impassable at that time. "Getting him to an ambulance was very difficult and EMS had to use a snow mobile and I'm told possibly a sled," Shelton Police Chief Joel Hurliman said.

Share Your Memories

Use the comments below to pay your respects and share your memories about Raymond McPadden Jr.

Jeff February 12, 2013 at 01:03 PM
His son Raymond was on my coach pitch baseball team. He was unofficially one of our assistant coaches because he was always there helping out when he could! A great family. I can't put into words how much my heart aches for his family. They are in my prayers.
Paula Henault February 12, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Ray was certainly "one of a kind." He was a great husband to my sister and a wonderful father to their children. Ray was a loving and caring man and had such a great enthusiasm for life, family, and community. We will miss him terribly. We love you Ray....rest easy <3
John McPadden II February 12, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Raymond you will be missed . You were a bright spot whenever my brother Chris and I stopped at Mr. Mac's on 25' . When we heard the news my family was full of heart -ache and sadness . Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family . May God Bless you and keep you in his care . Sincerely, John McPadden Ii and Family
ron jasensky February 12, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Ron Jasensky Formerly from monroe and living in milford i was stunned to find out what happened to RAY. He was a great person as is his whole family and brothers. everyone that visited Mr Macs in milford always enjoy going there.Every customer was treated like family. Ray will be missed seeing him work hard keeping everyone fed.May he rest in peace.
Nick Altieri February 13, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Ray was one of the kindest and coolest people i ever came across. Working for him was always a joy.. I always left work with a smile on my face and in great spirits.. there is really nothing else i can say that has not already been said.. You will be missed and i consider myself blessed for knowing you. rest in peace my friend
Eric terkildsen February 13, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Ray always knew how to make you laugh and smile. He was the life of the party. A wonderful-Loving man with a beautiful family. We will forever miss you. Love - Eric, Gina and family
Linda Malkin February 13, 2013 at 04:53 PM
My daughter, Danielle, was a nanny for the McPaddens one summer and I spent a lot of time visiting with her and Christina and got to know the family. They were such loving parents to the kids, and Ray was always very friendly & was always kidding around! My heart goes out to MaryBeth and the kids and their entire family. My heart aches for them. My thoughts & prayers are with them daily. Sending HUGS too!

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