Kevin T. MacMillan, 45, died Nov. 30, 2020, at home in New York City after a long struggle with addiction. Kevin is survived by his father, Donald B. MacMillan, Jr., and stepmother, Christine MacMillan, of Danbury, Conn. He was predeceased by his mother, Theresa Lenihan MacMillan.
He will be sorely missed by his sister, Amy Bankson, and her husband, Michael; his sister, Carrie MacMillan, and her husband, Hugh Bailey, and their sons, Colin and Zachary; as well as by many aunts, uncles and cousins from both the MacMillan and Lenihan sides of his family.
Kevin grew up in Kent, Conn. Always full of charisma, smarts, humor—and a fair share of mischief—Kevin had a happy childhood with trips to his grandparents’ pool, his grandmother’s lake house, fun riding dirt bikes, playing hockey, and hanging out with friends.
Kevin and his family moved to Brookfield during his sophomore year. He graduated from Brookfield High School in 1993 and obtained a degree in political science from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
He worked in information technology procurement at McKinsey & Co. for eight years, first in Stamford, and then in Manhattan, where he moved in 2006. Most recently, he was the manager of strategic sourcing and procurement at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, N.Y. Coming from a town of less than 2,000 people, Kevin relished big-city life, and regularly attended basketball and baseball games, boxing matches, book signings, boat and car shows, and concerts.
If one of Kevin’s favorite musical artists or bands was in town—whether it was Parliament Funkadelic, Phish, the Who, Tedeschi Trucks Band or Wynton Marsalis—chances are he bought tickets for every show of the week and he’d coax a friend to join him. It was hard to say no to Kevin and whatever adventure he had planned.
One of the highlights of his life may have been the time he spotted Muhammad Ali at a clothing store, after which he left his sister a 5-minute voice mail message describing it. There wasn’t a celebrity he wouldn’t ask to take a picture with. He easily made friends wherever he went, drawing people to him with his magnetic charm and deadpan wit.
Kevin loved to read, especially about history and crime. He also enjoyed traveling, golfing, fishing, Formula One races, motorcycling, and riding on his father’s boat on Candlewood Lake. The last year of Kevin’s life was full of promise. He was close to maintaining a year of sobriety and taking the right steps to be on firmer footing—as well as finding peace. His family and friends, especially the dozens he made through Alcoholics Anonymous, were rooting for him, but tragically, it was a disease he could not beat.
He will be missed by many, but most of all by his father, who considered his son to be his best friend. He was always there to help his dad with a project or attend the races at Lime Rock Park.
He leaves a vast hole in his sisters’ lives. They loved him deeply and did all they could to help him through his battles with prescription pain medications and alcohol. His family understood how much he appreciated and loved them. And for his two young nephews, who nicknamed him “Teddy” because they climbed all over him and treated him like a teddy bear, he will forever be missed.
Services will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you remember Kevin by donating to the Pauline Perry Fund at High Watch Recovery Center. The Pauline Perry Fund enables individuals with drug and alcohol problems to extend their treatment at High Watch, if they cannot otherwise afford it. Your tax-deductible donation can be mailed to High Watch Recovery Center, P.O. Box 607, Kent, CT 06757 or go to: www.highwatchrecovery.org/donate/
Or, you can remember Kevin by donating to Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the United States. You can send a donation to Shatterproof, 101 Merritt 7 Corporate Park, 1st Floor Norwalk, CT 06851 or go to: https://www.shatterproof.org/