Leo Mugford passed away over the weekend and a service will take place today at the burial grounds at Shantok at 2 p.m. The following is an excerpt from Leo Mugford's obituary:
Leo Sherman Mugford October 29, 1947 - October 18, 2009
UNCASVILLE - Leo Sherman Mugford, 61, was born on 29 October 1947 in Hono-lulu, Hawaii. He died at Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT, on October 18, 2009. He was the youngest of three children born to Alfred and Margery Mugford. Leo's heritage included Native blood from opposite sides of America; Hawaiian from his father and Mohegan from his mother. Leo graduated from Kalani High School in Honolulu in 1965. He loved to surf and he loved to make things. The latter led to his profession as a Master Carpenter. Leo built houses and commercial buildings, cabinets and furniture. He had a good eye for measurement as well as aesthetics. Leo spent most of his life in Hawaii, but left Hawaii in 1995 to join his parents in Colorado where they had been living for a few years, then preceded them to Uncasville, Connecticut, where the family was anxious to become involved in Mohegan tribal activities. He worked as a carpenter for the Tribe's Public Words Department until he was disabled from an accident while on the job. Leo loved people and was loved dearly in return. He made friends easily and loved giving gifts. This led to his Mohegan name, Miyawin, The Giver, which had not yet been bestowed by the Council of Elders. Leo had no children of his own, but loved his nieces and nephews and their children. Leo will be buried at the Mohegan Burial Grounds at Fort Shantok on Tuesday, October 20th at 2:00 pm. Church & Allen Funeral Home has been entrusted with these arrangements.
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