Marlborough – Paul C. Ladden, 70, of Marlborough, died suddenly on February 7 after a long illness.
Paul was the son of the late John and Dorothy (Avey) Ladden and predeceased by his siblings Yvonne, Michael and Donald Ladden.
He leaves behind four children: Patrick Ladden and his wife Tristen of West Boylston, Kerri Bonetti and her husband Mike of Marlborough, Matthew Ladden of Marlborough and Katie Lage and her husband Paulo of Hudson. He also leaves nine grandchildren: Cody, Tyler, Luke, Shane, Christopher, Michael, Alexis, Owen and Jake, as well as his ex-wife Linda (Higgins) Ladden.
Paul was born and raised in Marlborough where he grew up playing baseball in the streets with his siblings and the neighborhood children. He liked to read library books and eat candy while sitting in his favorite tree. He compared his childhood to scenes from “The Sandlot” or “Stand by Me”.
He served in the United States Air Force, including spending a lot of time in Taiwan. Paul put himself through college and became the first in his family to graduate from college. He had a long and productive career that included roles in management consulting, project management, and software training. He worked at Digital Equipment Corporation for almost 17 years and worked for other well-known companies such as Bearing Point, Fidelity and eClinicalWorks throughout his career.
Paul was happiest outdoors and enjoyed golfing, fishing, biking and camping. Summers were spent camping in the White Mountains with friends and later with her children and grandchildren. Favorite camping memories include long hikes without food or water, eating your favorite camping food – Spam, tipping canoes, and spending countless hours playing board games as the rain bombarded the tent. Paul loved a hot cup of coffee, a big breakfast, a good book, politics, cool fall days, and music.
Above all, Paul’s greatest loves were his children and grandchildren. He watched or coached countless basketball, football and baseball games and had his folding chair, used for watching, in the trunk at all times. He gifted them with an unshakeable faith in their goals, dreams and plans. He loved his children unconditionally and was proud of the “wonderful people you have become”.
He will be missed in a way that words fail to capture!
Calling hours will be Saturday, February 19 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Slattery Funeral Home, 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough, MA 01752.