David L. Warden

August 9, 1929September 22, 2012
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Mr. David Leon Warden 83, of Gloucester, formerly of Lynn and Swampscott, died Saturday at a nursing facility in Virginia where he was recovering from a stroke. He was the devoted husband to Marie J. Warden, with whom he shared nearly 55 years of marriage.

David was born in Lynn, son of the late David Warden and Amy (Lunden) Warden. He moved to Swampscott in 1968 and to Gloucester in 1996. David graduated from Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1947, where he was class president in his Junior and Senior years and played football and basketball. He was a member of the historic Lynn Classical Eleven football team that upset the 1946 Orange Bowl in Miami by beating Granby High of Norfolk VA breaking their 33-game winning streak. He played along side Lynn football and baseball legend Harry Agganis and other great Lynn athletes. He was inducted into the Lynn Classical Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 for those achievements and his outstanding contributions to the Lynn community.

He went on to Harvard University where his sports accolades continued receiving three varsity letters for football and basketball, and in one Harvard-Yale football game he was credited with catching the longest pass for a touchdown in the series at that time. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in Government, Class of 1951.

Upon graduating from Harvard, Warden received an invitation to play for the Los Angeles Rams, but instead enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Korea from 1951 to 1953 where he saw combat and attained the rank of Captain. In 1958, he graduated from Boston University Law School and began practicing law at the firm of Hannan and Mayo. Later he opened his own legal practice on Union Street in Lynn where he worked until his retirement in May 2011. He served three terms on the Lynn School Committee beginning in 1961. He was involved with a number of Lynn civic organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Greater Lynn Family and Children’s Services, the Harry Agannis Foundation. He also served on the board trustees for Eastern Bank.

David was an avid sports enthusiast and athlete into his later years. He loved his New England teams. Confident he would see the Red Sox win a World Championship in his lifetime, his loyalty for the team never waivered. He played golf at the Tedesco Country Club for a number of years and loved to take his family skiing in Maine and New Hampshire. He played basketball daily at the Lynn YMCA into his sixties giving men half his age a run for their money.

A food gourmand and known for his love of North Shore and Cape Anne restaurants, he was always in search of the best fried clams, the tastiest clam chowder or the best ice cream ever. He and Marie loved to host big Sunday and holiday dinners opening their house and hearts to friends and family from all over the world. They were ardent museum goers and movie enthusiasts. They also travelled to visit friends and their children to places all over the world including Sweden, England, Thailand, Egypt, Trinidad, California and Virginia. David was also an avid reader, especially of history books, and his daily routine included reading The Boston Globe, the Lynn Item and the Gloucester Times. Both he and his wife Marie treasured their home in Gloucester bordering Ravenswood Reservation and overlooking Stage Fort Park with a stunning view of the harbor. David loved the ocean and never lived far from it. He swam daily during the summers into his seventies.

David was a humble, honest, sincere and quiet guy. His love for his family manifested in many ways as he supported six children through college and attended numerous sporting and school activities and graduations of his children and grandchildren. He was always there for his wife, children, extended family and friends when needed for sage advice, support and encouragement through the best and most difficult times. Upon hearing of the news of David’s death an outpouring of prayers and support were received by the Warden family from friends all over including alms made to monks in Thailand on his behalf. A candle was lit for David in the Canary Islands and dear family friends from Sweden wrote that they still make Dave’s famous egg salad recipe.

In addition to his loving and committed wife, David is survived by his six devoted children including daughters Amy Whittenberg and her Husband Ted of Hamilton, Elizabeth Warden of Gloucester, Rachel Warden of New York City, Jessica Yutacom and her husband Nit of Annandale, VA, Toby Warden of Alexandria, VA, and son David Warden of San Francisco, CA. He is also survived by four beloved grandchildren who knew him as Grandpa Dave: Leland and Sam Woodcox, Sonny Loorkhoor and Nareerat Yutacom and his dear Cousin Jean King of Peabody. He also leaves behind two Labrador retrievers who will miss him.

A Funeral Service for David will be held in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette Street, Marblehead on Saturday at 11:30AM. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting Hours in the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn on Friday from 3-7PM. Memorial contributions in Mr. Warden's name may be made to the Alumni & Friends of Lynn Classical High School, 235 O'Callaghan Way, Lynn, MA 01905.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Visiting Hours Friday, September 28, 2012

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Joy Rotondi

October 11, 2012

Dear Marie, Amy, Beth, Rachel, Jessica, Toby and David,
Please know that I was saddened to read about "Mr. Warden" in the Marblehead Reporter a few weeks ago, but at the same time, my heart was filled with happy and humorous memories of that time long ago when we were neighbors on Beach Bluff Avenue. My heart goes out to you all - David was a very special man. I always enjoyed his wry humor about the shenanigans going on with all the kids that filled your house.
I see my dad signed this guest book below - you all mean a lot to my family.

Robert Thomson

October 2, 2012

Marie and family: Dave was a great person - a great man who will be missed by all who knew him. He was not just a student-athlete, he was a scholar athlete. He served on the Lynn School Commitee in 1965 when I was elected a principal to serve at Lincoln School. We kept in contact over the years. He will be greatly missed.

Brian Powers

October 1, 2012

Dear Marie, Amy, Elizabeth, Rachel, Jessica, Toby, and David, and your families,

Dave was one of our family, one of Bob's closest friends. He and Marie brought measureless joy and depth to my parents' lives and by extension to our family. Dave was an inspiration to me -- a regular guy, a civic activist, a reformer, a family man, a dignified professional, soft spoken, and influential. I am sorry at his passing and the loss to marie and you all. He was loyal and present to Helen during her final years, when he and Marie would drop by. She hated to be seen by company, but always was energized by their visits and was happy to see them. I send Marie love to live with this additional loss, and know you will find inspiration and learning in the legacy you will keep on discovering that your father left you. Brian Powers, San Francisco

Roger And Jean Rotondi

September 30, 2012

Dear Marie,
jean and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. I am at our home in Naples Florida and Jean returns from a trip to Europe on Saturday. i know that David and you were always favorites of my family. Your beautiful family reflected the love, intelligence, and kindness that their parents taught them. Roger Rotondi

September 28, 2012

Dear Marie, Amy, Beth, Rachel, Jessica, Toby and David. We were very saddened to hear about Dave. I looked at all the pictures on the site and wonderful memories were brought to mind. Your kindness and attention to our family were never forgotten. From your old neighbors and friends June and Mickey Cohen, Matt, Andrea and Johanna. Our thoughts are with you.

Annie Rochon

September 28, 2012

Dear Beth and Family -

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Annie and Steve

Fred Smith

September 28, 2012

Dear Marie and Family. The Tower Hill Gang will never be the same for missing a dear friend Dave. We have wonderful memories of our high school days in class and on the field. Dave was with me when I met Pat, my wife--my lucky day!!! We had just graduated from Duke and Harvard and walked Lynn Beach for an ice cream cone.

We shared many wonderful memories of the meetings of the Tower Hill Gang with wives included. Dave was a wonderful friend and compatriot. Sympathy to all of you--we will miss him dearly. Pat and Fred Smith, Bloomington, IN

Andrea Ring

September 28, 2012

Warden family.\\ My thoughts are going out to you at this time. I have so many fond memories of Dave and the entire family at the Home on Beach Bluff.

Nancy Iris

September 27, 2012

Dear Jessica and family,

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father - I will keep you all in my heart and prayers at this difficult time.


Nancy Iris

September 27, 2012

So very sorry to hear of your loss, Marie, and family. He was a great man.
Our deepest condolences to you all.

Janice & Irwin Cohen