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Daniel Joseph Madden
  • In lieu of flowers, the Madden family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Little Sisters of the Poor
    186 Highland Ave.
    Somerville, MA 02143
  • In lieu of flowers, the Madden family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Sisters of Notre Dame
    351 Broadway
    Everett, MA 02149

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“Dan welcomed me as a new MBTA bus driver to the Somerville Garage back in 1965. He was a great mentor to me throughout my 25 year career, and as fine...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Paul Lennon - Eagle, ID

“Dad, It will be one month tomorrow since you left us it's hard to believe you are gone. I know you are in a better place with the love of your...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Colleen Madden - Methuen, MA


3 of 22 | Posted by: colleen madden - methuen, MA

“On the 7th Anniversary of losing Mom, I know that you are now reunited with her and filled with happiness. The combined love for Mom and your faith...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Paul Madden

“Dad,I can't believe that the day has come and gone that I have dreaded since 3/19/12 when Mom died leaving a big hole in all of us. You have been...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Fr. Steve,May you and yours find consolation in God's abundant blessings of love and peace, knowing that God has received your father's soul...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Susan Rotondi - Melrose, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Shaun, Kathleen, Kenley & Kassidy Manning - MA

“To Father Steve and all his family, condolences. ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Fran Ferraro - North Reading, MA

“Lost my father when I was ten. Mr. Madden was one of the Men in the St. Joseph's/Union Sq. family who showed me what it meant to be a strong Father...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Shawn Lynch - Somerville, MA

“To the madden family..so sorry on the loss of your dad Dan..thoughts and prayers to your family from the Eberlein familySusan eberlein ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Susan eberlein - Everett, MA

“Your numbers are in the gate is open in case it snows your errands are done I was on Beacon st with my brothers yesterday rest in peace Dad tell Sis...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Michael - Ville

“Mr Madden family ,So sorry for your loss , I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Madden and help caring for him while he was a patient at Sancta Maria .A...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Fr Steve, so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Paula and...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: paula olliney - FOXBORO, MA

“I have many fond memories of the Madden family from back in the 1960s when I lived on Columbus Avenue. I still recall being at the Madden house when...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Paul Martin - Rochdale, MA

“Fr. Steve, (Sean, Michael and entire Madden Clan),I just want to express my condolences to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Michael Allen - Littleton, MA

“Michael, Briana, Danielle and the entire Madden Family - we are very sorry for your loss & send our love & prayers. May your father/grandfather rest...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Fr. Steve,We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Lori Seeley - Foxborough, MA

“Met Dan at the MBTA many years ago. Great human being. Always had a kind word for all those he met.Gone home to his reward.Jack FlahertyBraselton...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Danny, Father Steve, Paul, Michael and Sean and families. Our heartfelt condolences to you and the beautiful Madden Clan. I personally thank you for...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Susan McGrath - North Chelmsford, MA

“Paul, Meg, and family,So very sorry for your loss. In the days to come, I hope that the sure knowledge that your dear father is free from all earthly...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Renda - Medford, MA

“I lost my father at a young age. Mr. Madden wad one of the fathers in the St. Joseph's neighborhood that I was lucky enough to learn from. Learn what...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Shawn Lynch - Somerville, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Daniel J. Madden, of Somerville, passed away on Tuesday March 12, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Dan Madden is an 86 your old gentleman who has lived in Union Square in Somerville his entire life, in fact he has spent all but 7 years of his life on the same street. He is a 1950 graduate of St. Clement High School. He married Catherine "Sis" Buttery in 1952 and was devoted to her for 61 years.

Along with Sis, they created a loving home, raising 5 sons, and then welcoming 3 daughters-in-law, 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. His home has always been a joyous, loving and fun home where children, extended family, and friends would gather for music and laughter.

He is the son of Dan and Monica Madden who came to the States from Cork, Ireland. A couple in Ireland as young adults, came to Boston separately, eventually to meet up and get married at St. Joseph Church in Union Square. His mother Monica was a resident here at Little Sisters for the last 9 years of her amazing life, living until a month shy of her 101st Birthday, all due to the comfort and care provided to her while a resident here.

Dan has two sisters, Sr. Monica and Sr. Maureen, both Sisters of Notre Dame, who have always been an important part of Dan's life and his family. Sr. Maureen has returned to her God, but Sr. Monica remains Dan's companion, confidant and caregiver for many years.

He is a man devoted to his Catholic faith and is a lifelong and very active parishioner of St Joseph parish in Union Square. In fact one of his closest friends, Fr. John Kelley, was also a longtime resident here at Little Sisters.

Dan proudly worked for the MBTA for 37 years until his retirement in 1991. Dan loves a good card game. Many nights were spent around the kitchen table playing whist, gin rummy or poker with his friends. Don't expect to win though; he can tell you what is in your hand by the cards thrown and what's come off the deck. Uncanny how good he is at this!

He loves his sports, especially baseball. Anyone with a bat in his hand gets his attention. College, Little League, even the Yankees! He can tell you stories of Braves Field and batting averages and players from years gone by. Who played for which team, who got traded for who. His first question before accepting his new home was whether he could get NESN on his cable package. He must watch his Red Sox and the Bruins!
Music is always on the radio wherever Dan is. He enjoys the music of his generation and his Irish tunes. I am sure if you pass his room, you will hear him humming or singing along to all his favorites.

Dan was the beloved husband of 61 years to the late Catherine "Sis" (Buttery) Madden. Cherished son of the late Daniel F. & Monica (Wade) Madden. Loving father of Daniel Madden & his wife Patty of Norton, Father Stephen Madden of Melrose, Paul Madden & his wife Meg of Arlington, Michael Madden of Somerville, Sean Madden and his wife Colleen of Methuen. Caring brother of Sister Monica Daniel Madden SNDdeN of South Boston and the late Sister Maureen Madden SNDdeN. Proud grandfather of his ten grandchildren, Kelly, Katie, Kristen, Erin, Mary Beth, Danielle, Briana, Sean Patrick, Brendan and Conor and his seven great grandchildren Ryan, Madison, Olivia, Annabella, Thomas, Lucy and Cameron.

Visitation will be held at the Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St. Melrose on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 4:00-8:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at church on Saturday morning, March 16th at 10:00AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will take place at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge on Monday morning, March 18th at 10:15AM (Please meet inside cemetery gate). In lieu of flowers the Madden family kindly requests donations may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143 or to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 351 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149.