Michael W. Warden

May 22, 1970June 27, 2018
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Mr. Michael W. Warden, age 48 of Potsdam, NY passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Canton Potsdam Hospital. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Service on Friday, June 29th from 2-6pm. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11am at Knapp Station Community Church with Rev. Lee Sweeney celebrant, Burial will follow the service at Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory can be made to Potsdam Youth Football Association in care of Mike Schartfigure @P.O. Box 262 Colton, NY or to the Fresh Air Fund or 1-800-367-0003. Thoughts, memories and condolences can be shared Michael is survived by his wife Marjorie Warden, his sons Connor and Max Warden, daughter Peyton Warden; parents Lynn and Shirley Warden; brother Thomas (Jeramarie) Warden; sisters Diane Warden-Gaylord and Susan Warden and several nieces and nephews. Michael was born on May 22, 1970 in Corning, NY. His family moved to Potsdam when he was 3. He was a 1988 graduate of Potsdam Central High School, a 1992 graduate of St. Lawrence University and a 1993 graduate from SLU with his master’s in education counseling. He was married to Marjorie Buyea on July 30, 1994 in Cazenovia, NY. Michael started his career as a guidance counselor at Norwood Norfolk Central School and was Dean of Students also. He moved on to become the Vice Principal at Gouverneur Central High School and then became principal at Heuvelton Central School and finished his career as the high school principle at Salmon River Central until his early retirement due to an illness. Mike was very involved as an athlete himself and with youth sports. He was very proud to have been a member of the Potsdam Junior Hockey Bantam team that won the New York State Championship and then went on to finish 3rd in the country in 1986. He went on to become a very accomplished athlete at Potsdam Central High School where he excelled in football, hockey, track and soccer. He was an all northern selection multiple times and was an All North Times Football selection. He went on to play four years of varsity college football at St. Lawrence University. Mike continued to play sports after his athletic career concluded. He loved playing Sunday night hockey with the Part Timers and always looked forward to golf night too. Mike enjoyed biking and was very skilled at working on bikes. He enjoyed going to professional motocross races too. He was an avid Chicago Bears football fan and enjoyed going to a Bears Packers game every year with several of his family and friends. Mike was also an HGTV fan. Mike was a member of the Potsdam Athletic Hall of Fame, the Elks Lodge, was a longtime commissioner of Potsdam Youth Football, was a former member of the Potsdam Junior Hockey Board and coached his children in several sports over the years. Michael was very active with the Fresh Air Fund for many years. He and his wife Marj hosted several children over the years. For several summers they hosted Shaquille Burrus and he became just like family. Shaquille recently reached out to Mike and his family and said that Mike was the father that he never had.


  • Potsdam Youth Football Association in c/o Jim Schwarzfigure
  • Fresh Air Fund


  • Visitation Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 30, 2018

Michael W. Warden

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Barbara and Lou LaGrand

September 15, 2018

It is with great sadness that I write this. We just heard about Mike today (September 15th.) and I just was so sad to hear this news. Mike was one of my favorite students and I will always remember him as such a wonderful boy who I watched through hockey grow to be such a nice young man. He always had a smile and would call me "Mrs. L". Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jim Giacin

July 24, 2018

Knew mike well at SLU ... great guy and good athlete .. sorry to hear about his passing. Your family is in our thoughts.

Mark Cardinal

July 6, 2018

I first met Mike when he was just 11 years old. I was just 20 years old myself. He played hockey for me as a first year Pee Wee in Potsdam. I will always remember him as a fierce young player who hated to fail and simply hated to lose period! He was very tough on himself at such at young age and I will never forget that about him. He was a player that any coach would love to have on his team. I watched Mike grow up into a young man and continue to be a fierce competitor along the way in any sport he played... especially in football, the sport he loved so dearly. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. My condolences go out to Margie, the kids, and the entire Warden family. RIP my friend and may God Bless You.

Brian Pelkey

June 30, 2018

The news of Mike’s passing comes as a horrible shock. I tend to judge parents by the actions of their children. Mike’s must have been saints. I have nothing but fond memories of Mike as a student and track athlete. I am so sorry to hear this news. He passed way too young. My deepest felt condolences and prayers to family and friends. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Brian Pelkey

Courtney Woods

June 30, 2018

To the Warden Family,

Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. There are two characteristics about Mike we will always remember. The first was his genuine care of the kids he coached. Much to my chagrin, Samuel became "Sammy" officially because of Mike, who always tried to make hockey practices worthwhile, but also fun. There were nicknames galore! He used to say, "I don't remember much about most of the games I played when I was a kid, but I remember which hotels had pools and hanging around with my friends." He had passion for sports, but understood the real value of being on a team. The second characteristic about Mike I will remember is that he cared enough about people to listen. To really listen. I served on the hockey board with Mike for several years. Men talked over me, ignored me, met at the bar to make decisions without me(!). But Mike would always stop and say, "I think we missed something important that Courtney offered." We all felt that when Mike asked questions about how we were doing or our kids, he genuinely wanted to know the answers. He really cared for people.

We will miss him. Sending thoughts, prayers and love your way.

Courtney, Tony, Jacob, Samuel and Zachary

State University of New York System College Hazen

June 29, 2018

So Sorry for your Loss.

gina Hazen, Alec Bicknell

Troy Tatro

June 29, 2018

Went to grade school and middle school with Mike until I moved back to Malone. Last time I saw him was in 1987 on the football field in Malone after the Stoners beat us. What a great guy . Class act.

Ron Kinghorn

June 29, 2018

Mike was a sweet man and loyal friend. He will be missed on this earth but will always hold special place in our hearts. They say that faithful friends are the medicine of life. Please know that you have many praying for you including your Union College Hockey and Chi Psi family. God bless.

Marie Fitzpatrick

June 29, 2018

To the Warden Family

Saddened to hear the news of Mike's passing. He was principal at Heuvelton while my children were in high school. His job was not an easy one for sure, but he did it with a fair mind and humor. Sending prayers to all of his family members.

Marie Fitzpatrick

Cheryl Harrigan

June 29, 2018

I am so very sorry to read about Mike. I have fantastic memories of you all from the Hotel Grande and know how much he will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.