Willard M. Marden Jr.


Willard Marshall Marden Jr. died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at his home in East Falmouth. He was 88.

Mr. Marden was predeceased by his wife, Madeline T. (Costa) Marden, in July of 2010, and he was the former husband of Beverly (Campos) Desorcey of Edgartown.

He was born in Gay Head, now Aquinnah, on October 28, 1922, as one of 12 children and was educated and graduated from the Tisbury School system. Willard was active as a basketball and baseball player during his school days.

He was a swordfisherman from the age of 12 until he enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He was honorably discharged as an electrician’s mate first class in 1946. While fishing he earned the nickname “Hawkeye.” Once, when he wanted Captain Larsen to move the boat to other fishing grounds, he told him he saw a fish bill two miles out and when they arrived at the spot, remarkably enough there were swordfish — to everyone’s amazement, including his own.

Willard moved to Falmouth in 1960 and was a carpenter for various contractors. He built his own home on Maravista Avenue, along with some of his neighbor’s homes. Willard was an avid sports fan and attended many games for his grandchildren and cheered on all the Falmouth clubs, especially at the hockey games. He was a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah and attended the area PowWows.

Willard is survived by his sons, Robert Maseda of W. Yarmouth and Willard M. Marden III of Oak Bluffs; his daughters, Deborah Conley of E. Falmouth and Julia Ann Marden of So. Ryegate, Vt.; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; his sister, Anna Monteiro of New Bedford and two brothers, Lloyd Marden and Leroy Marden both of New Bedford. He was predeceased by his son Kenneth Meseda in 1983.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 27, in Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 Route 28A in West Falmouth from 6 to 8 pm and in Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs on Thursday, July 28 from 12 noon to 1:30 pm. His graveside service will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road, Vineyard Haven, at 2 pm with military honors provided by the Veterans of M.V. Donations may be made in his memory to Falmouth Youth Hockey, 9 Skating Lane, Falmouth, MA 02540. Please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.