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August 23, 1935 - December 3, 2018

In accordance with his wishes cremation will take place and he will be laid to rest privately in Vermont. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgeport Animal Rescue Crew (BARC-CT 857 Post Rd. #235 Fairfield, CT 06824).

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Age 83, passed away on December 3, 2018 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence with family at his side. Melvin was born in Marietta, OH, on August 23, 1935, the son of the late Guy and Mary Irene (Sullivan) Huggins. Mel was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Rose Mary and 6 children; Mary, Terrence, Dawn, Patrick, Michael and Timothy. He is survived by his 6 children and their families; Teresa and Dave Borchik, Sean and Cheryl Huggins, Patricia and Francis Munoz, Elizabeth and Mark Glaser, Amy and Robert Mach, Christopher Huggins, daughter-in-law Ashley Huggins-Guza, his niece Sherri McFarland and 40 grand and great grandchildren. On February 10, 1953, in Columbus, OH he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and because of his superb hearing served as a Sonar Operator on the U.S.S. Gyutt. Melvin was a gifted athlete who attended and played football for The Ohio State University. He would always love and remain loyal to OSU. While at OSU he tutored Jack Nicklaus and played a few rounds of golf with him.  Always one to stay active he enjoyed snow skiing and was an instructor; he would later coach his children’s sports teams and was a Boy Scout leader. Melvin also loved being outdoors and was always happiest when the sun was shining. He had a beautiful singing voice; was a member of many choirs and sang at all his children’s weddings. He had a giving heart and volunteered at animal shelters.  Melvin was a hard worker who was employed at White Motors as a professional automotive engineer, known for being the lead engineer of the Road Boss. Above all Melvin loved his family and leaves them with many wonderful memories to cherish. His smile and warmth will be missed by all who loved him.