Barry T. Mugglin, 83, of Central Square, died Sunday, December 22, 2019 at his winter home in Georgia following a perseverant battle with heart and kidney disease.
Born in Cooperstown, the son of Harvey and Marion (Truscott) Mugglin, he was a resident of Central Square for over 50 years.
Barry drove dump trucks and milk tanks from 1953 until 1958. He then enlisted in the army engineers where he spent time in New Jersey, Missouri, Washington state and 25 months in Germany making Sgt. E5 as a powerboat operator and squad leader. During that time, he took the GED tests and earned U.S. Army Europe and New York State Equivalency diplomas. He graduated 7th army N.C.O. Academy in Bad Toelz, Germany. After returning in 1961, he drove dump trucks until 1964. Barry worked for ACME Markets from 1964-1979 when he was hired with U.P.S pulling double bottoms. He retired from UPS in 1996.
Barry was a 45-year member of the NY Steam Engine Association and a 55-year member of Lodge 622 Free and Accepted Masons. He was a life member of the C.S. Fire Company #1 and a charter member of the Central New York 2 Cylinder Club. His favorite hobby was restoring and showing old farm tractors and machinery. He was partial to the yellow and green John Deere, however he often said that if the price was right, he was colorblind.
Barry was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Pauline “Polly” (Plumpton) Mugglin. He is survived by two daughters Kelley Foster and her husband Edward and Karen Mann and her husband Daniel of Central Square; two grandsons Nigel and Logan Foster of Central Square; two granddaughters Julia and Sophia Mann of Central Square; two brothers, Donald Mugglin of Willet and Richard Mugglin of Brewerton; two sisters, Nancy Flower of Hastings and Mary Kay McQuellen of North Carolina. He is also survived by, “The best friend he ever had,” his loving companion, Carol (Clark) Maxwell.
A memorial service will take place on December 29 at 2 p.m. at the Central Square Community Church. A reception will follow. Watson Funeral Home, Central Square has the arrangements. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Central New York 990 7th N St, Liverpool, NY 13088.
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