MADIN, Hon. Everett H., Jr.

The Honorable Everett H. Madin Jr., 57, of Torrington, passed away peacefully at home on December 2, after a courageous struggle with a rare blood disorder. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda J. Madin, and his father, Everett H. Madin, Sr. of Winsted. He is also survived by five children and four granddaughters: daughter and son-in-law Amy L. (Madin) Browning and Nathan Browning, and their three daughters, Glory, Elise and Delia, of Torrington; son and daughter-in-law Christopher J. Madin and Kelly V. Madin, and their daughter Audrey, of Torrington; daughter Laura S. Madin of Brookline, MA; daughter and son-in-law Elisabeth Madin Swanson and David Swanson of New Britain; and daughter Abigail J. Madin of Torrington. Judge Madin was born in Winsted on February 7, 1951, to Everett H. Madin, Sr., and the late Mary (Crandlemire) Madin. He attended Gilbert High School and Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and earned a full scholarship to study art at Syracuse University. After his graduation, Judge Madin worked for the Hitchcock Chair Company for 11 years. In 1988, after the birth of their fifth child, Judge Madin enrolled in the University of Connecticut School of Law's Evening Division. While in school, he clerked for the Connecticut Superior Court Part A. After graduating, he clerked for The Honorable Edward Y. O'Connell of the Connecticut Appellate Court. In 1992, he began a successful career with RisCassi & Davis, P.C., of Hartford, where he worked tirelessly to protect the rights of injured people. As an attorney, he was known for his fairness, compassion, and integrity In 2007, he was appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court by Governor M. Jodi Rell. During his short tenure, Judge Madin distinguished himself as a wise, caring, and honest judge. He felt a particular passion for children, and cherished his final assignment as the presiding judge of the Torrington juvenile court. His priorities were his family and his faith, and his life was defined by a desire to honor God. He was a member of First Assembly of God, Torrington, for four decades, and served on the church's board of trustees. He was known as a man of the highest integrity, moral character, wisdom, and good humor. He gave generously to charitable groups, missions organizations, and families in need, with no desire for personal recognition. He was always glad to "adopt" new members into his family, and was known fondly as "Dad" by more than just his own children. Judge Madin was a lifelong resident of Litchfield County, and he was an avid hiker, outdoorsman, and amateur horticulturist. He loved to hike at People's Forest State Park, Bash Bish Falls State Park, White Memorial, and other area parks. He was a gifted artist and a skilled carpenter and furniture maker, and he loved to collect Gilbert Clocks and early American artifacts. During his career, he made the state of Connecticut a better place to live. He will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and colleagues, but they take comfort knowing that he is resting in the presence of God. Calling hours will be Friday, December 5 from 5-9 p.m. at Phalen Funeral Home, 285 Migeon Avenue, Torrington, CT. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 6 at 10 a.m. at First Assembly of God, 387 New Harwinton Road, Torrington, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Torrington Christian Academy Scholarship Fund, 387 New Harwinton Road, Torrington, CT, 06790.