Brother Lance "Muggy" Mugford

Updated on January 27th 2024.

In accordance with Brother Mugford's wishes, there will be no formal services to commemorate his life. Instead, his family kindly requests that those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation to St. Joseph’s Hospice in his honor.

For more details and to leave messages of condolence, please visit the memorial page dedicated to Lance Wayne Mugford at Smith Funeral Home.


Sisters and Brothers,  

It is with deep regret that Division 747 informs you of the peaceful passing of our brother Lance Mugford, affectionately known as "Muggy." At this time, no details regarding a service are available.
Old School Railroader With Heart
Muggy had a long career on the railway with CN, Bombardier and Via. Muggy was the consummate old school railroader with a grumpy and gruff exterior and a very warm and gentle heart if he let you see it. He trained a lot of engineers in his time, and while he would chew you out he would also explain later why we have to take the job as serious as we do. When he said he went backwards over more ties than you went forward on them he probably wasn’t exaggerating. I personally had some memorable trips with him, and will always remember the response he gave me when I told him I saw his picture driving the last spike in the railway and wondering if he still had the stove pipe hat, and I know many people have a similar story about Muggy’s humor.

The membership of Division 747 wants to pass our deepest condolences to the Mugford family in this time of loss. High ball Muggy, all your lights are green now.

Lance Mugford
Photo courtesy of T. Vohs