James L. Madden, 94 , passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, surrounded by loving family.
Born in Royal Oak Michigan, raised in Rochester, Michigan, in his later years moved to Delaware to live with his daughter Jean and her family. He was born into a family of modest means, the ninth of ten children born to Charles and Eva Madden. He met the love of his life, Dorothy (nee Kraus), who preceded him in death. Together they raised eight children. Jim would say one of his greatest accomplishments was marrying Dorothy and raising their family.
Jim was both a scholar and an athlete at Rochester High School from which he graduated in 1946. During this time, he worked to help support his family by working various jobs. It was at this time that he began working as a part time bagger for A & P Food Stores. This was the start of a 46-year career with what was then one of the country’s largest retailers. His fledgling career was interrupted by service in the Army from which he was honorably discharged. Upon his return from the service, Jim worked full time at A & P whole attending night school at the University of Detroit. He climbed the corporate ranks and rose to one of A & P’s top executives, retiring as a Senior Vice President. Following his retirement, Jim began his work and fellowship with St. Vincent DePaul Society. Jim would say some of his greatest treasures as the work he did on behalf of this Society.
Jim is survived by his eight children, Ann Marie Morren, Kathleen Teichman, Timothy (Elaine), Teresa Dowgiert (Mark), Jean Beck (William), James (Renee), Thomas (Maria), and John (Megan); 21 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 21, at 11:00 am at St. Margaret of Scotland R.C. Church, 2431 Frazer Rd. Newark, DE 19702. The rosary and viewing will begin at 10:00 am at the church. A committal service will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery, Pontiac MI, at a later date.
Memorial Contributions may be directed to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, 2431 Frazier, Rd., Newark, DE 19702