One of the owners of Mr. Mac's Canteen dies in storm-related event

One of the co-owners of Mr. Mac’s Canteen on Route 25 in Monroe and on Bridgeport Avenue in Milford has died from a snowstorm-related incident.

Raymond McPadden Jr., 49, of 33 Darrin Drive, Shelton, died Saturday after he collapsed while shoveling out a snow plow that became stuck on his property, according to Shelton Police Chief Joel Hurliman.

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.”

Committed to his family and job

Chris said Ray Jr. liked spending time doing activities with his children. “He really enjoyed spending time with his family,” he said.

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. also was known as a sports enthusiast and wine connoisseur. He grew up in Monroe and was a 1981 Masuk High School graduate.

A family-owned and -run business

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 and the Merritt Canteen (in Bridgeport’s North End on Main Street) are known for serving traditional American grilled fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs (especially the chili and cheese versions), grilled cheese and egg sandwiches.

Mr. Mac’s Canteen 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.


Arrangements still are being finalized by the family.

The wake is expected to take place Friday, Feb. 15 from 4-8 p.m. at Abriola Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Road, Trumbull. The funeral should take place the following day, Feb. 16, at St. Lawrence Church, 505 Shelton Ave., Huntington.

About the incident

According to a press release from Shelton Det. Sgt. Kevin Ahern, Shelton 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 was pronounced dead on the scene. Police released his name on Monday as Raymond McPadden Jr. of 33 Darrin Drive, Shelton.

McPadden was plowing his driveway and his vehicle became stuck, police said. It appears he suffered a medical event while 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.