---- — SARANAC LAKE — William F. Madden Jr., age 85, of 59 Maryland Ave., Saranac Lake, died Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid. Born in Saranac Lake, N.Y., on Jan. 09, 1928, he was the son of William and Marion (Lynch) Madden. He married Rita F. Sagemen, Oct. 15, 1992 in Saranac Lake.
Bill owned and operated Maddens Transfer and Storage in Saranac Lake for 65 years. He was a life long resident of Saranac Lake and had attended St. Bernards School, Saranac Lake High School and Clarkson University. He was a member of the Saranac Lake Elks Club BPOE 1508, Knights of Columbus and Saranac Lake Rotary Club. Bill also served on and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Saranac Lake Hospital and Key Bank. Bill received the Citizen of the year award in 1991. He enjoyed photography and Nordic/Alpine skiing and tennis.
He is survived by his wife Rita Madden of Saranac Lake; two sons, William Madden III and his wife Heidi of Saranac Lake, and Michael Madden and his wife Sheryl of Saranac Lake; one daughter, Mary Catherine Madden-Heisler of West Hampton, N.J.; step daughter, Betsy Sageman of Saranac Lake; six grandchildren, Alex, Peter, Katelyn and Sean Madden and Ryan and Patrick Heisler. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, his former wife Eleanor Catherine Madden, two sisters and two brother-in-laws, Helen and Joe Ramondi, and Kate and Bernard Bola.
Calling hours will take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home from 4 to 7 P.M. on Friday, April 26. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 A.M. April 27, at St. Bernard's Church with Rev. Paul Kelly officiating. Burial will take place at St. Bernard Cemetery in Saranac Lake at a later date.
Friends wishing to remember William F. Madden Jr. may make memorial contributions to Saranac Lake Vol. Rescue Squad or Saranac Lake Football 5th Quarter Club in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.