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Michael Lee Madden of Gloucester died on September 3, 2016, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. He was 62 and born on December 16, 1953, in Beverly. He attended Haverford School, The Fenn School, Brooks School and graduated from Harvard College in 1976, where he was a member of the A.D. Club. He served as Vice President of the A.D. Club from 1996 to 2009 and co-chaired the extensive renovation of the club in 2000.
He was an owner of a series of restaurants, most notably Harvard Square’s Club Casablanca and The Wayward Duck in Beverly Farms. Michael was a hands-on proprietor who is well remembered by his patrons for his dry sense of humor and unique perspective.
He later built an independent health insurance business on the North Shore where he was a pioneer advocate for equitable care of AIDS patients. Michael was a Board member of NUVA in Gloucester, an addiction and treatment program, and later served as its President. Michael was instrumental in forming the North Shore Health Project.
A unique soul, Michael, who majored in American history at Harvard, was the keeper of his family’s history in which he was a seventh-generation direct descendant of Thomas McKean, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a Governor of the State of Pennsylvania. He organized numerous get-togethers and reunions for his ‘clan’ of cousins and relatives.
Michael was at peace after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. His scathing wit, mischievous ways and exceptional intellect will be greatly missed. Michael was predeceased by his parents, James and Pauline, and is survived by his sister, Anne Wieschhoff of Brookline; and his brothers, James of Bozeman, Mont., and Paul of Newport, R.I.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Essex County Club, Manchester, Mass., on October 15, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made in Michael’s name to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Published on  September 8, 2016
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