Michael C. Hodgkins, 45, of West Haven passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Born in New Haven May 28, 1974, he was the son of Curtis and Diane (Paulsen) Hodgkins. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Tracy (Thomas) Henri, Jamie (Todd) Cox, and Jennifer (Daniel) Seiden; his companion Gina (Marie) Saccavino; nephew and nieces, Nicholas Wheaton and Tiffany Wheaton, Amanda Chamberlain, Emily Lagerberg-Desrosiers, and Kennedy Seiden; and eight great-nieces; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and extended family in Florida, Missouri and New Hampshire. A resident of West Haven for most of his life; he was a graduate of West Haven High School's class of 1992. He had been employed through FedEx for several years; and currently was an employee of Kraine X-Press. Michael's primary interest was maintaining his notable memorabilia collection of G.I. Joe, Star Wars and Transformer action figures, just to mention a few. His love of memorabilia inspired him to create the CT Action Figure Collectors Club, allowing him to share his passion with others around him and earning him the nickname 'Transformer Mike.' Michael was also a member of many online consortiums of collectable memorabilia, worldwide. Friends are invited to visit with Michael's family on Wednesday, June 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven. A Prayer Service will be held in the funeral home during this time. Burial will be private. To honor Michael's memory, please consider making a donation to The Wildcat Sanctuary at www.wildcatsanctuary.org, the American Heart Association at www.heart.org, or to your local no-kill animal shelter. Arrangements are in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home.

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  1. Mike was one of the first guys I met working at toy/comic shows and was glad to work with him. His honesty and charachter were something I was drawn to as a fellow collector. I myself am rough around the edges and a blue collar man and was glad to find a kindred spirit in him. Mike let you know how he felt, good or bad. This type of openness is rare in the world today. I am glad to have met him, worked with him, and have been lucky enough to gain some of his knowledge. The world of collectors is at a loss without him. My deepest sympathy go to his family and loved ones. Take care in the thought of how many lives he has touched and made better by sharing his knowledge, toys, and love of these toys with the rest of the world. I pray he finds all the happiness in the next life. Sincerely, Erin Holmes

  2. My sincerest condolences to your family. Losing Mike is so sad and too soon. My prayers are with everyone. Much love coming your way. Jeri Bryer

  3. Mike was my friend for over 2 decades, we did shows, movies and our love for our hobbies united us. We traded, bought, adviced, laughed and always had lots of fun on the way. He was my best friend and a fun guy who was always there if you needed a friend. Even though this past few years distance had made it a lot harder to hang out we still kept in touch. I will dearly miss him, things will never be the same. He is a loss that will be greatly felt among family and friends. Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed. Will Vidal.

  4. Mike will Always be in my Memory as a True Friend with an Amazing sense of Humor and a knowledge of toys that far exceeded my own! Such a great person!

  5. Mike was a caring and Funny guy! I met him through mutual friends And He was Always honest about how he felt about stuff! He was just awesome

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