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It is with great sadness that the family of Denis Richard Madden Sr., born January 16, 1949, announces his passing on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

Denis was born in Ontario and later moved to Calgary, Alberta; where he met and married his wife of ten years, Terry Madden (mother of Denis and Lindsay). Denis’s life was dedicated to music. Our father was happiest on stage, entertaining. He had a deep love of music and performing, and was an extremely accomplished life-long musician.

Denis loved watching his grandchildren do anything that made them happy and particularly encouraged the musical spark that is within them. Papa’s face would light up any time that they were around him. Denis’s family will remember him for the respect that he had for his children, for his love and fondness for his in-laws, and for all of the young ones. We will also remember his talent, his creativity, his light-hearted nature, his corny jokes, and above all his literal need not only to socialize, with everyone and any one, but to bring joy, laughter, and to entertain them.

Our father chose the path that felt right to him. He followed his passion while in this world and he shared it with anyone that wanted to be part of it. He never judged people poorly, nor allowed the judgments of others to define him. Papa was strong of character, and very, very comfortable being himself. He would teach anyone a song or how to play an instrument, and encouraged people to do what felt right to them as well. He was a wise man, and was never concerned with conformity to anything that he did not believe in with his heart. We will miss his wild story, and his wild stories. He was an artist, in every sense. Born one, lived it, and died one. He played for us the day he died. His song will be missed forever, but sung forever by his loved ones.

Denis will be lovingly remembered by his son and daughter-in-law, Denis and Shannon Madden, his daughter and son-in-law, Lindsay and Jay Quintal, and by his daughter, Jennifer VanderSchaaf; as well as by his grandchildren, Megan, Nick and Alex VanderSchaaf, Baily, Jovee, Dawson, Mila, Lexi, and Jack Quintal; and by his great grandchildren, Aubrey and Liam Colborne (Megan’s children).

A Celebration of Denis’s Life will be held at Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer, Alberta, on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation has taken place. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.

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