St. Albans, VT - Arch S. Warden of Bosque Farms, New Mexico, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2003, in St. Albans, Vermont in the company of his family. He continues his journey that recently included travel across country to Vermont by motor home with his son and beloved granddaughter. Arch was born in Barryville, NY on November 21, 1914, to John and Jenny Warden, who emigrated from Scotland. He was a partner in a restaurant in Port Jervis, NY when he met his wife and life-long partner Eva. They were married on January 23, 1943. He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the AAF 1152nd Base Unit first in the glider Pilot program training in New Mexico, then as a Radio Operator aboard B-25s at Naples Foggia, North Apennines, and Southern France Theatres. Arch resumed his business career in 1946 as Sales Manager for Xcelite, Inc., a tool manufacturing company. He became President of Xcelite in 1963, and helped orchestrate the transition of the company from a small business to an internationally recognized leader in the electronics industry. He retired in 1973 when the company was purchased. Cooper Industries continues to market Xcelite tools worldwide today. Arch enjoyed and was enjoyed by many people in his life, owing in large part to his nature as a true gentleman. He was passionate about golf, traveled extensively to every corner of the globe, and had many tales left to tell of his around-the-world adventures with Eva. He readily embraced computer technology and mountain biking well into his 80s and inspired those around him with a youthful enthusiasm and curiosity about everything that belied his advancing years. His passing was with the same grace and dignity as his life. Arch's parents John and Jenny Warden, his brother Bill Warden and wife Kay, brother Ian Warden of New York, grandson Jacob Warden of Vermont, and his wife Eva Colby Warden of New Mexico, predeceased him. He does leave behind two sons and their families: Peter and Connie Warden and granddaughter Emily of St. Albans, VT and Brian and Laura Warden and granddaughters Jessica, Allison, Elizabeth and Elena of Bosque Farms, New Mexico, his sister-in-law, Miriam and her husband, Harrison 'Phil' Phillips of Englewood FL, sister-in-law, Mary Jane Warden Lackermann of Inverness, FL and many nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration of Arch's life will begin with brunch at 11:00 AM at the Encore Bella Restaurant, 28 North Main St., in St. Albans on Sunday, August 17 for family and friends of the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.healdfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Buffalo News on Aug. 15, 2003