Michael W. Madden, passed away at the High Pointe Hospice House, following a courageous battle with cancer on May 23, 2018 at the age of 16.
Michael was born at Lowell Hospital. He was educated through the Burlington School system attending Pine Glenn School, Memorial School and Marshall Simonds Middle School. Michael was a Freshman at Shawsheen Tech in Billerica.
Michael had many interests. He was proficient in Sambo, which is a Russian combat sport. He loved the sport and excelled at It-even winning a Gold Medal in a match in New York City. Michael loved the outdoors, whether it was camping with his friends at the Burlington reservoir, riding his ATV, or snowmobiling throughout the mountains of New Hampshire and Maine.
Michael always had a protective way about him, and an unwavering sense of right and wrong. He was constantly looking out for others. He would intervene when he saw others being bullied. He was very protective of his brother Ethan and sister Kendall. On a recent plane trip, a husband and wife with an infant were separated on the flight. It bothered Michael greatly that they weren’t sitting together and even with his illness and without full use of his legs, he wanted to reach out to the family and change seats with them because that was the right thing to do. That was the type of person Michael was throughout his life.
He had a great sense of humor and a charismatic personality. Once you met Michael, you never forgot him. He left his mark wherever he went. His parents and his siblings where his best friends. They were a close family unit that did everything together.
In April, Michael was granted a wish from the “Make a Wish Foundation” where they flew to Salt Lake City for an R.V. Trip to visit Zion National Park. Then Michael had the greatest experience of his young life at “Battlefield Vegas” in Las Vegas. He made genuine friends there. He got to drive a tank over a car and shoot every type of weapon he had ever imagined. It was a dream come true for a young man who looked up to his Dad, who was a Marine, and loved anything to do with the Military and Patriotism.
Michael’s greatest wish came true last weekend when his mom and dad were married in their back yard. It was a special day for all the Madden family but most especially for Michael who had great love for his Mom, Dad, brother and sister and his large extended family.it made him so happy to finally make it “official”. Michael’s death at such a young age leaves a large void in everyone’s life but his spirit will live within those who loved him forever.
Michael was the beloved son of Shaun and Vanessa (Hanlon). Loving brother of Ethan and Kendall. Grandson of Ellen Madden & the late John of Burlington and Wolfgang & Vicky Kaiter of Billerica. Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt. 128/95 Woburn side) on Monday, May 28 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a program that was very important to Michael NYPUM c/o BYFF, 33 Center St., Burlington, MA 01803.