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Michael J. Gavin, PT, a lifelong resident of Milford, passed away peacefully at his home on February 26, 2013 at the age of 83. Michael was born November 8, 1929 in Liverpool, England, the son of the late Martin and Catherine Gavin. He was raised in New York City and settled in Milford, CT. He was a veteran of the United States Army and trained as a member of their Modern Pentathlon team. He was designated as the 1st alternate for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. He was also a graduate of Louisiana Tech and Columbia University. Michael was a self-employed Physical Therapist for 50 years and was President of The Aquatic Rehabilitation Center and affiliated with Milford Hospital. He was a quest lecturer in aquatic physical therapy at the University of Rhode Island and Quinnipiac University and was a lifelong member of the American Physical Therapy Association. In recent years, he designed and directed agility testing for Milford firefighter candidates. He was also one of the founders of the Devon Rotary. He was an avid NY Giant fan and season ticket holder for 40 years. His proudest memory was when the Giants won their first Super Bowl after many disappointing seasons. He attended his first Super Bowl in 1969 and he had predicted that Joe Namath would lead the NY Jets to victory. In his retirement, he enjoyed his many weekend visits to Pine Grove. He is survived by his loving wife Susan, and his sons Martin (Susan), Blaise, Michael, and Shane; his daughters Julianne (Mary) Gavin and Katie(Tom) Lamb; grandchildren Gavin, Conor, Coleman, and Sarah Lamb. Michael also leaves behind his sister Margaret (George) Hughes, brother and sister in-laws Bernie and Kris FitzGerald as well as several nieces and nephews and his dear friends Tom and Joanne Jenci. He will fondly remember his favorite dogs, Kelly and Henry. He was predeceased by his brother, Francis. A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Milford Hospital Fund or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
Published in Connecticut Post on Mar. 3, 2013