Rev. Robert Madden, C.S.B.
Just sadly learned of Fr. Madden's passing. Will never forget his smile, his dry humor and that 4 passenger plane ride we took to NYC in a bad lightening storm. He is in heaven trying to correct all that bad grammar in e mails and texts. Toronto will never be the same for me. Richard Aguglia, Rockville MD 6T7
Who knew? I thought I was Fr. Madden's favorite student. But after reading through all of the wonderful entries thus far in this book, it turns out he connected with all of his students so graciously, so humorously, so thoughtfully, and so lastingly. And he'll continue to connect...Just by long distance now.
I'll be singing 'standing on the corner....' one more time for you Father Bob. Your profound faith, love of God, and of life, had a huge impact on the lives of our entire family and evidently on so many lives worldwide. You were so great at keeping in touch and you will be greatly missed. I hope that you remembered to set your 'out of office' :-*
Dear Father Bob, you came in to the lives of the Finucane family, via my mum and dad Tony and Pat, now 90, in the 1950s after meeting Tony at the KSC Club in London. I first met you when you came to stay with our family in Norwich in '58 when we were grieving the loss of a child. We all have treasured memories of swimming in the sea, sledging, socialising, picnics, camping, visiting historic places and of course celebrating mass in the kitchen or 'wherever'. You grew old with all the family and always kept up communication and news sharing across the Atlantic. We loved your visits over the years, and it was great to meet your mum and brother - I especially remember when you took me as a 10 yr old to visit the Tower of London and we had fish and chips and then went to see 'How the West was Won' on cinerama. When I was a 'fifty something' you came to visit my husband, myself and our 4 children in Durham forming links with yet another generation. Your name has been 'alive' in the Finucane family for well over half a century! My autistic sister Kitty regularly talks about Father Madden. You were a very special, holy and spiritual person and we are so thankful to have known and loved you. Rest in Peace Father Bob. Love from us all Tony and Pat Finucane and girls, Josephine, Catherine, Carmel, Brigid and Frances and extended family too. Chorleywood, UK
Father Madden was a tremendous combination of wit, wisdom, faith, warmth and devotion; he was a tremendous ambassador for St. Mike's and the Basilian fathers and will be deeply missed.