The Obit For Link Hurgin

Leonard Augustus "Link" Hurgin Sr.

Published in News Times on February 19, 2011

Leonard "Link" 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 99.

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 Irish Festival.

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 Kelly.

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 at HullFuneralService.com.

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, CT 06801.