Ellsworth "Dave" Foggin, a resident of Redding and a former resident of Darien, died Monday, Nov. 22, at Danbury Hospital. He was 81.

Born Oct. 24, 1929, on Staten Island, to Ellsworth Foggin Sr. and Mary "Minnie" Maher Foggin, he was the eldest of three children.

Mr. Foggin attended St. Mary of the Assumption School and graduated from Port Richmond High School and Wagner College on Staten Island.

In 1955, he married Patricia Harris. They had three children, Sr. Mary Ann Foggin, SGL of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Judy McCusker (Thomas) of Weston; and Patricia Foggin of Norwalk. He had two grandchildren, Katherine McCusker and Margaret McCusker. He was predeceased by both parents; his brother, Robert Foggin and his sister, Mary Alice Foggin.

Mr. Foggin worked for United States Gypsum from the time he was 18 years old until retirement. His career took him all over the United States and was a source of both achievement and fulfillment for him. His greatest achievement, however, was his 55-year marriage at Pat Foggin, whom he always referred to as "my girl." Mr. Foggin fought a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis and Alzheimer's disease for the last several years.

The family received friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 26. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 27, at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

The family requests donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in lieu of flowers.