Edward Madden of Chelmsford


5936-maddenEdward Madden, 73, of Chelmsford, died Thursday, November 24, 2016 at UMass Medical Center, Worcester.

He was married to Barbara M. (Baran) Madden with whom he celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary on November 19, 2016.

Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Timothy and Catherine (Kennedy) Madden. He graduated from Andover High School with the class of 1961.  He graduated Merrimack College with a Bachelor in Science in Marketing.

He retired from The Lowell Sun in August 2008.

Edward enjoyed helping with the Lowell Sun Santa Fund.

He was a member of Kiwanis Club.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Sarah Madden of Chelmsford, Emily Madden of Chelmsford, MA; his sister, Gertrude Moisan of Windham, NH; many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Margaret Palmer of Ohio.

Visiting hours Wed. 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Thurs. at 8am from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 9am at St. Mary Church in Chelmsford. Burial in St. Augustine Cemetery, Andover, MA. Memorials may be made in his name to the The Sun Santa 491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01854 or American Heart Association P.O. BOX 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com


November 30, 2016
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dolan Funeral Home


December 1, 2016
8 AM
Dolan Funeral Home
  1. TOM and MARGARET RILEY says:

    Ed, Margaret and I have lose a great friend and the world has lose a great person. All one has to do is read the tributes below to know how wonderful you were and how much you will be missed by so many people. Like John, I met Ed 68 years ago in the first grade and we have been friends ever since. we played ball as kids, when to the “barn” as teenagers, the college parties in Boston. You were an usher in Margaret and my wedding, every time we and the kids would come back East we had to go see Ed. If I came alone we would meet for lunch at one of your accounts in Lowell and last summer was the best because we “THE BOYS” all got together with our wives at your lake house. I should mention the grandkids had the time of their lives playing on the beach and getting so dirty and wet. As always you were able to make everyone feel comfortable and have a great time, from 73 to 5 years old.
    Ed, thank you for being part of our lives, we will dearly miss you.

  2. Don says:

    The road of life is not always smooth but you handled things with great dignity and never complained. We understood better as I have had chemo for six years and a few downers. Will pray for you.

  3. john farragher says:

    I’ve known Ed since first grade, and we were fairly close through high school and college, and, while less so recently, had always been in touch. As others have noted, Ed exemplified all the traits of that old-fashioned concept: “the gentleman”‘ He was kind, soft-spoken, gracious, generous, and a Christian, moral man. He lived a good life and will be missed my those who knew and loved him.

  4. Sheila & Paul O'Brien says:

    Dear Barbara, Sarah & Emily, Paul and I are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He was a true gentleman. Paul met Ed 42 years ago, I met Ed 32 years ago. We both had the privilege of working with him at The Sun. We, too, recall the Christmas parties on Evergreen. Ed was always so proud of his girls..He will be missed for sure.

  5. James A. Brennan says:

    My sympathies with the Family and Gertrude. He often spoke of how much he loved them all. It’s seldom you find someone who really cares about people and does what he can to assist. He was a personal inspiration to me. God love him and I know he is happy at this very minute.
    Jim Brennan

  6. bob hatem says:

    Two Lawrence guys who worked way through Merrimack, found work
    at the Lowell Sun and lived a good life. A friend, fellow alum
    and taken much to soon. Our heartfelt condolences as we pray for
    you and your family…joanne and bob hatem

  7. dina cahalane says:

    i am going to miss you ed i love talking to you when you came in to work at the lowell sun and i am going to miss the smiles you had every time i saw you
    it is not going to be the same around here with out you .


  8. John Doherty says:

    I knew Ed for almost 50 years and I can’t think of a more decent or kinder person. I first met Ed when I joined the Andover Softball League in 1968 when I returned from Vietnam and we became friends immediately. If you didn’t like Ed
    it was YOUR fault- the man had no enemies, something very, very few of us could ever say. He handled his illness way
    better than I ever would have, and endured untold suffering with dignity and class. Rest in peace Ed, you were a good
    man and a better friend.

  9. Tricia indelicato says:

    Ed was a great man.i have so many memories of him from our sun santa party. We shared many laughs. I will truly miss you hun. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers

  10. Lynda Vallatini says:

    Barbara and family so sad to hear of Ed’s passing. So many great memories of our years at the Lowell Sun. Ed was more then a co worker. He was a good friend. Rest in
    Peace our prayers are with all of you.
    Lynda and Roy Vallatini

  11. Kelli Wright says:

    So saddened to hear of Ed’s passing! He was such a great man, and it was a pleasure to work with him for the Sun Santa! My deepest sympathies to his family. God bless, rest in sweetest peace Ed, you will be missed!

  12. Bobbie Maniatis says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Eds passing! I enjoyed working with Ed when he was my co-worker, my manager at the Lowell Sun and after that seeing him as he kept up his work with the Sun Santa! We have many great memories! Always remember Barbara & his girls at the Christmas parties at his house! Rest In Peace my friend!

    Bobbie Maniatis

  13. Melinda says:

    So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I worked with him at the Lowell Sun doing Sun Santa. He was a pleasure to work with and he did a wonderful job with Sun Santa. He will be missed.

  14. Cindy McAndrews says:

    My deepest sympathies to all of Ed’s family. May you find some comfort in your wonderful memories of the life he shared with all of you. I loved my many years of working with him at The Sun and am saddened to learn of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  15. George W Bentley says:

    So long good buddy, the Gang of Four are going to have to find something else to do on Tuesday afternoons.
    You put up one heck of a fight and you desired a better life after all you did to help the families of the
    Merrimack Valley for over 18+ years as The Sun Santa. Will miss the camaraderie and your dry sense of humor.
    George W. Bentley

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