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Raymond McPadden, founder of Mr. Mac’s, dies at 84

April 16, 2019

MONROE — Former First Selectman Karen Burnaska remembers Raymond F. McPadden, Sr. as a rare thing — “a truly good person.”

“You would not find someone more committed to his family and the community than Ray,” she said.

McPadden, 84, died April 12 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. A local business owner who founded the two Mr. Mac’s Canteen locations (in Monroe and Milford) with his sons, McPadden was also a longtime Monroe resident and active in local government. He served from 1983 to 1991 on the Town Council, and on the Board of Finance from 1991 to 1993.

Burnaska, who was First Selectman from 1995 to 2001, recalled McPadden as a tireless public servant who loved to volunteer and contribute to his community. “He was also a justice of the peace,” she said. “He loved marrying people.”

McPadden was also a member of the Monroe Lions Club. Burnaska said she remembers him hanging wreaths on town hall during different holidays while she was in office.

“He was always so active in the community,” she said.

Born in Bridgeport, McPadden — according to his obituary — worked at, managed and owned the Merritt Canteen in Bridgeport for 50 years until he “retired” and founded the two Mr. Mac’s Canteen locations. The Mr. Mac’s Canteen Facebook page paid tribute to the business’s founder on Monday.

“We are very sadden (sic) by the loss of the original Mr. Mac!” the post read, adding that both locations would be closed Thursday, which is the day of McPadden’s funeral.

McPadden is survived by a large family, including his wife of 58 years, Norma, and many children and grandchildren.

In addition to his work in town government and with the Lions Club, McPadden volunteered with the Council of Italian American Societies of Greater Bridgeport, the Roma Club, the Monroe Scholarship Fund and YMCA Lakewood Trumbull/Monroe.

Services for McPadden will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen’s Church, 6948 Main St., Trumbull. Interment will be private. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, 1333 South Mayflower Ave., Suite 400, Monrovia, CA 91016 or at stbaldricks.org.