MWO Gene Madden, CD (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Master Warrant Officer Gene Madden, CD (Ret’d) of Chilliwack BC on 18 October 2020 at age 77.
Gene was a native of Newfoundland and joined the Royal Canadian Engineers in 1963. On completion of his Basic Field Engineer training at the Royal Canadian School of Military Engineering at Chilliwack BC he was posted to 2 Field Squadron in Camp Gagetown NB in 1964. While with 2 Field Squadron, Gene qualified as a Combat Diver. Subsequent tours of our field squadrons followed with his next posting being to 4 Field Squadron in Werle, Germany. Returning to Canada after this posting, Gene next joined 1 Field Squadron in Petawawa ON for a short tour in the mid-70s. This was followed by a return posting to Germany with 4 Field Squadron. His next posting was back to Camp Gagetown where he was employed as the Roads and Grounds Supervisor in the Base Construction Engineering Section. Gene’s final posting was to the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering in 1985 as a Field Engineering instructor in Bridging Troop and Mine Warfare and Demolitions Troop.
Gene retired from the Canadian Forces in 1987 and settled in the Chilliwack area where he worked for Maritime Life Investments for his second career. Gene loved the sea and had his own sailboat. He was an active member of the Retired Sappers and attended many reunions.
The family is planning to have a funeral service at a later date.