Leonard Augustus "Link"
Published in News Times on February 19, 2011
Augustus Hurgin, Sr., 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February
17, 2011 surrounded by his children. He was the husband of Dorothy Kelly
Hurgin. A lifetime Bethel resident,
Leonard grew up as the middle child of Frank E. and Edna Von gal Hurgin
at 81 Grassy Plain Street. After graduation from Bethel High School in
1940, he worked for Logan Brothers on Grassy Plain Street. He served in
the Army of the United States from 1943 to 1946, as an x-ray technician.
Link, as he was fondly called, was quite the pitcher (southpaw) in his
younger years. He played minor league baseball in 1947 for the Lawton
Giants, Sooner State League (Oklahoma) and the Fort Smith (Arkansas) Giants,
both affiliations of the former New York Giants. He did not return the
following year as he met the love of his life, Dorothy Jean Kelly and
decided to remain in Bethel. They were married April 7, 1951.
Link entered the U.S. Postal Service in 1949 and saw his small town grow
into the wonderful community he so dearly loved. He served as postmaster
from 1969 until his retirement in October of 1986. Who could ever forget
the years he had to leave the Hurgin Christmas Eve party to empty the
overflowing mail box in front of the post office or the Santa letters
he would bring home and share with us.
His amazing ability to remember names, dates and details impressed everyone.
Link's love of life included his family, church, country, and the Boston
Red Sox. For the last several years, he served as a trustee to St. Mary
Church and was a daily worshiper at the 9 a.m. Mass.
He and Dorothy served as cemetery administrators for 19 years as well
as volunteering in many other church activities.
He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, Pavia Council #48
and the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, Rev. John D. Kennedy, Assembly
Link was involved in many organizations over the years, including the
American Legion Post 100, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Catholic War Veterans,
Danbury Post 1042, Danbury Old Timers Association of Greater Danbury,
the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter
2069. For many years, he was an integral part of the annual Hibernian's
Link's family will miss him dearly. Besides his wife Dorothy, he is survived
by his sons, Leonard Jr. and his wife, Catherine of Bethel, Kevin and
his wife, Davienette of Spring Valley, Calif.; daughters, Jeanne Hurgin
of Danbury, Elizabeth Winslow and her husband, Edmund of Brunswick, Ga.;
granddaughter, Jenna and grandsons, Wesley and Nicholas. He also leaves
behind his sisters-in-law, Betty Hurgin and Betty Jo Hurgin; his brothers-in-law
and sisters-in-law, Mary and Frank Kovacs and John P. and Dawn Kelly;
as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Francis and Clifford; his brothers-
and sisters-in law, Leo P., Bobby and Raymond Kelly, Rita Kennan and Shirley
A special thank you to our friends at Bethel Health Care Center and an
even a more special thank you to dad for being mom's guardian angel.
A Mass of ChristianBurial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, Bethel
, Monday morning at 11. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bethel
. The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood
Ave., Bethel, Sunday afternoon from 3 to 7. Information and on line condolences
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mgsr. Karl's St. Mary's
Scholarship Fund, c/o Church of St. Mary, 26 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel,