Lee Madden

 

st 20 years, Lee Madden passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, December 3, 2011, following a battle with cancer.   He was 75.

Lee was born in Montreal on November 3, 1936, to his parents Alfred and Josephine Madden (nee Ryan).  He grew up in Montreal where he attended Loyola College (now Concordia University).   

After graduation he began teaching at Copper Cliff High School in Sudbury, and then at Central High School of Commerce in Toronto, before moving to Iroquois High School in 1962 which eventually became Seaway District High School.  

Lee’s booming voice and sense of humour added character to school life.  He was a conscientious, demanding teacher who exhibited a sincere concern for the overall growth of his students. 

Lee took students on field trips and coached hockey, football, softball and basketball up to and including his last year of teaching.  He was a strong supporter of extra-curricular activities such as the annual OAC trip to Stratford and university field trips claiming school was more than just books. 

He somehow found time to supervise the production of Seaway’s yearbook for many years. Lee enjoyed Seaway staff social events and initiated more than his share of good times with the staff.

Lee married fellow teacher Judy Ing in 1973. One of their highlights was the five years they spent teaching for the Department of National Defence in Lahr, Germany.  They made many good friends, traveled extensively and made many memories while in Lahr. 

Lee retired in 1993, following 33 years of teaching, 25 of which were spent at Seaway District High School.  

Following his retirement Lee and Judy enjoyed many trips, both in North America and abroad.  They enjoyed spending time at their chalet at Mont Tremblant, and Lee enjoyed playing a game of golf with his friends. His unique golf swing will continue to be a topic of conversation amongst his friends.  

Lee loved to have a good time and his unique personality and sense of humour made him a central figure at any social event he attended.  

His generous, fun loving nature will be dearly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with him and call him their friend.  

Lee is survived by his wife Judy, his son Paul and his wife Marlene of Manotick, his granddaughters Jenny and Stephanie, his siblings Marilyn Chevalier and her husband Paul “Chuck” of Sun City Center, Florida and John Madden and his wife Barbara of Clifton Park, New York.  

He was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law Betty and Jack Mulvey of Arnprior.  

He will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews and their families.  He will also be fondly remembered by his many colleagues and students from Copper Cliff High School, Central High School of Commerce in Toronto, Iroquois High School, Tagwi Secondary School, Seaway District High School, and Lahr Senior School.  

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family funeral service was held on Friday, December 9th and inurnment of cremated remains was at St. Lawrence Valley Union Cemetery, Long Sault.  

For those wishing, donations to the Ottawa General Hospital Intensive Care Unit or the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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