Robert (Bobby) T. Madden
August 29, 1983 - November 12, 2019
Service Date: December 7, 2019
A service of Celebration of Bobby's life will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street, in Alfred, Maine. A Reception will follow at the American Legion Post in Sanford, ME from 1 - 4 p.m.
Robert passed away unexpectedly at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts on November 12, 2019.
Robert was born to Paul and Margaret Madden on August 29, 1983. He is survived by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Iris Whitehorn of Melrose, MA and Gilford, NH. His mother Margaret Harriman and stepfather Richard Harriman; his sister Gabriella and brother Caleb of West Newfield, ME; his brother Joshua Madden and sister-in-law Jamie and nephews Isaiah and Daniel and step nieces Kayla and Chloe; his brother Anthony Madden and sister-in-law Pamela and nephews Landon and Maxwell; his sister Megan Rancafore and brother-in-law Nate and nephews Abner and Ezra; His father Paul Madden and spouse Kathy Madden; and brother Ryan and sister Erin; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Robert was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Ann Madden and his Uncle Michael Madden, his Aunt Miggie, Aunt Ann, and his maternal Uncle David.
Robert (Bobby) grew up in Melrose, MA and Sanford, ME with his first three siblings; Josh, Tony and Megan who reside in Sanford, ME. They all enjoyed many years of building house forts, games, parties, camping, hiking, roller blading, ice skating, street hockey, basketball, swimming, baseball and Monopoly!
Bobby played baseball in the Christian Youth Athletics League in Woburn, MA where he was on the Saints that made it to the Super Bowl Championship games in Baltimore, Maryland. The League director nicknamed him “Bobby; The Rocket Madden” for his fast pitch. He loved the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
At the age of 11, Bobby and his best friend Mike surrendered their lives to Christ by making a public profession of faith at the Power Team Convention in Manchester, NH. Bobby’s best friends Mike and Luke spent many vacations, sleepovers and play dates together. This was just one of the times Bobby grew in his Spirit, maturity and good character.
Bobby attended a Christian Church in Massachusetts, Faith Evangelical Church and later Curtis Lake Church in Sanford, ME. For many years he attended Christian concerts, events and camps every summer. His favorite camp was a week-long youth camp in Greene, Rhode Island where his whole family attended. He was a camp counselor there when he was 18 years of age.
For the last 3 years of living in Sanford, Bobby worked as an electricians apprentice and helper for Ed Kenyon. During this time he also helped at home with multiple home improvement projects, including refinishing wood floors. He moved to Massachusetts when he was 20 and worked in sales eventually becoming an assistant manager. After a few years of visiting family back and forth from Mass to Maine; he was stricken with an adult onset mental illness which greatly altered his focusing ability and perception of others and himself. He struggled with the loss of his job, homelessness and many trips to the hospital. During this time, he was unable to stay in contact with his loving family. In spite of this enormous life struggle; Bobby managed to return to us many times and was able to attend weddings, some of the holidays and several birthday parties.
During Bobby’s visits home he would frequently give gifts as well as his own things to friends and family. The best times were when he was spending time with his family in Maine or with his loving grandparents in Massachusetts who would frequently take him out to his favorite places. He was loved very deeply by his family.
About 3 ½ years ago, following a long hospitalization, he moved to a group home in Cambridge, Mass where he enjoyed a long stable period of time. This was a special group home where he received daily support but still enjoyed a great deal of independence. Bobby loved walking for long distances in Boston and attending local events. He had many interests which included rooting for the Red Sox and New England Patriots; watching Star Wars, reading the Chronicles of Narnia and watching the Grinch movie. Bobby was a great impersonator of Jim Carrey and of anyone he thought was an interesting, funny character.
He loved shopping for clothing, playing guitar, dancing, playing Xbox with his brother Josh and participating in the life of his home. Bobby integrated into a church in Cambridge while he maintained his walking routines. He was able to visit Maine a few times while living at this group home, but sadly his visits stopped over the past year.
The family would like to thank the Pine Street Inn and 11 Woodbridge Street House for their patience, care and grace shown to our dear son, grandson, brother, and Uncle Bobby. You folks were special “angels” that kept our son safe, warm and loved. We are ever so grateful. . .
We know Bobby’s best days are yet to come as we are confident that he was welcomed into eternity with Christ and has been reunited with those who have been called home before. Bobby will no longer suffer or ever be alone as he enjoys the peace and joy he experiences in the Father’s presence. We love you Bobby and thank God for your life, love and humor.
A service of Celebration of Bobby’s life will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street in Alfred, Maine. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post in Sanford, ME from 1 – 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends are invited to consider a donation to Pine Street Inn of Boston, MA or 11 Woodbridge Street House of Cambridge, MA.
Dear Bobby, We miss you greatly but are reassured and happy that in Heaven you are not sad, sick or lonely – We all loved you more than you ever knew – your loving family. We will see you again. . .
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.