William F. Madden Jr., 85, of 59 Maryland Ave., Saranac Lake, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid.
Born in Saranac Lake on Jan. 9, 1928, he was the son of William and Marion (Lynch) Madden. He married Rita F. Sagemen on Oct. 15, 1992, in Saranac Lake.
Bill owned and operated Madden's Transfer and Storage in Saranac Lake for 65 years. He was a lifelong resident of Saranac Lake and had attended St. Bernard's School, Saranac Lake High School and Clarkson University. He was a member of the Saranac Lake Elks Club BPOE 1508, Knights of Columbus and Saranac Lake Rotary Club. Bill also served on and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Saranac Lake General Hospital and Key Bank. Bill received the Citizen of the year award in 1990. He enjoyed photography and Nordic/Alpine skiing and tennis.
He is survived by his wife Rita Madden of Saranac Lake; two sons: William Madden III and his wife Heidi of Saranac Lake, and Michael Madden and his wife Sheryl of Saranac Lake; one daughter, Mary Catherine Madden-Heisler of West Hampton, N.J.; stepdaughter Betsy Sageman of Saranac Lake; and six grandchildren: Alex, Peter, Katelyn and Sean Madden, and Ryan and Patrick Heisler.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother; his former wife Eleanor Catherine Madden; two sisters and two brothers-in-law: Helen and Joe Ramondi and Kate and Bernard Bola.
Calling hours will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at St. Bernard's Church with the Rev. Paul Kelly officiating. Burial will take place at St. Bernard Cemetery in Saranac Lake at a later date.
Friends wishing to remember William F. Madden, Jr. may make memorial contributions to Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad or Saranac Lake Football 5th Quarter Club in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.