Rev. Robert Madden, C.S.B.

June 18, 1928February 16, 2013

Madden C.S.B., Robert J. died peacefully at St Michael’s Hospital on February 16, 2013 after a brief struggle with cancer. He was born in Detroit, MI., the son of Patrick Madden and Mary Agnes McKnight on June 18, 1928. He met the Basilian Community at Catholic Central High School. He was professed in the Congregation of St. Basil in 1947. He received his undergraduate degree (’52) and his Master’s degree (‘55) in English at the University of St. Michael’s College. He was granted his Ph.D. in English from the University of London, England (’63). After Ordination (1955) he was a professor of English in Windsor On (Assumption University), Vancouver, B.C. (St. Mark’s College) and for most of his life in Toronto, ON (University of St. Michael’s College). He served as Chaplain at the Newman Centre (U. of T.). In the Congregation , he served for years in the Formation Program and was Superior/Rector of St Basil’s College for six years. After leaving formal teaching, Fr. Madden devoted the rest of his life in serving the University of St. Michael’s as the Director of Alumni Affairs. In the days before his hospitalization, he was busy at the computer answering alumni mail and giving wise counsel to his many followers. Fr. Bob was a loyal, energetic and prayerful Basilian, an award winning teacher and a faithful friend to many. He was devoted to his sister Patricia Syring and her children, Patrick, Joseph, Julia, John, Mary and Paul He is predeceased by his parents, his brother, Fr John Madden C.S.B. and his brother-in-law, William Syring. There will be visitation on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 2 pm with a Wake Service at 7:30 pm in the Chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Centre, 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Basil’s Church, 50 St. Joseph St. the following day at 10 am. Burial will be in the Basilian plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, ON. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Basilian Fathers Retirement fund, 95 St. Joseph St, Toronto, ON M5S 3C2 Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 19, 2013
  • Wake Service Tuesday, February 19, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rev. Robert Madden, C.S.B.

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May 13, 2013

Just sadly learned of Fr. Madden's passing. Will never forget his smile, his dry humor and that 4 passenger plane ride we took to NYC in a bad lightening storm. He is in heaven trying to correct all that bad grammar in e mails and texts. Toronto will never be the same for me. Richard Aguglia, Rockville MD 6T7

Jane Lavery

March 6, 2013

Who knew? I thought I was Fr. Madden's favorite student. But after reading through all of the wonderful entries thus far in this book, it turns out he connected with all of his students so graciously, so humorously, so thoughtfully, and so lastingly. And he'll continue to connect...Just by long distance now.

Carmel Frances Finucane (Harrison)

March 2, 2013

I'll be singing 'standing on the corner....' one more time for you Father Bob. Your profound faith, love of God, and of life, had a huge impact on the lives of our entire family and evidently on so many lives worldwide. You were so great at keeping in touch and you will be greatly missed. I hope that you remembered to set your 'out of office' :-*

February 28, 2013

Dear Father Bob, you came in to the lives of the Finucane family, via my mum and dad Tony and Pat, now 90, in the 1950s after meeting Tony at the KSC Club in London. I first met you when you came to stay with our family in Norwich in '58 when we were grieving the loss of a child. We all have treasured memories of swimming in the sea, sledging, socialising, picnics, camping, visiting historic places and of course celebrating mass in the kitchen or 'wherever'. You grew old with all the family and always kept up communication and news sharing across the Atlantic. We loved your visits over the years, and it was great to meet your mum and brother - I especially remember when you took me as a 10 yr old to visit the Tower of London and we had fish and chips and then went to see 'How the West was Won' on cinerama. When I was a 'fifty something' you came to visit my husband, myself and our 4 children in Durham forming links with yet another generation. Your name has been 'alive' in the Finucane family for well over half a century! My autistic sister Kitty regularly talks about Father Madden. You were a very special, holy and spiritual person and we are so thankful to have known and loved you. Rest in Peace Father Bob. Love from us all Tony and Pat Finucane and girls, Josephine, Catherine, Carmel, Brigid and Frances and extended family too. Chorleywood, UK

Robert and Laura Ellis 9T0/9T1

February 24, 2013

Father Madden was a tremendous combination of wit, wisdom, faith, warmth and devotion; he was a tremendous ambassador for St. Mike's and the Basilian fathers and will be deeply missed.

Joan & John Hood

February 21, 2013

We have many good memories of dinners over the years with Fr. Madden and friends from St. Mike's. He was an exceptional human being and we will miss him.

Cecilia Doyle

February 20, 2013

I remember the day after you married Mike (Doyle) and I, you called me to say, " I have some bad news - you're not really married." And explained with a laugh that you forgot to sign our license. But that was the only thing you ever forgot. You remembered the names of our children, news of our lives - all the things that mattered. A remarkable, warm and inspiring man - St. Mike's will never be the same without you there.

Kelly (Opradek) Coffey

February 20, 2013

Father Madden, My dear friend and mentor, I will miss you very much. Thank you for your support, love and friendship over the years. You hold a very special place in my heart. I am so glad we were able to visit last month. I will cherish that afternoon. God bless you always. Kelly 8T9

Michael and Cecilia Doyle 9T6

February 20, 2013

A wonderful teacher, mentor and friend. Thanks for the unquestioning support of the debating union and for not failing my wife at English. RIP

February 20, 2013

I'll miss you, Father Madden. You always made my return to Toronto and St. Mike's joyous. Bob Oliver 6T5, New York, New York