Gloucester — Mr. David Leon Warden, 83, of Gloucester, formerly of Lynn and Swampscott, died Saturday at a nursing facility in Virginia where he was recovering from a stroke. He was the devoted husband to Marie J. Warden, with whom he shared nearly 55 years of marriage. David was born in Lynn, son of the late David Warden and Amy (Lunden) Warden. He moved to Swampscott in 1968 and to Gloucester in 1996. David graduated from Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1947, where he was class president in his Junior and Senior years and played football and basketball. He was a member of the historic Lynn Classical Eleven football team that upset the 1946 Orange Bowl in Miami by beating Granby High of Norfolk, Va., breaking their 33-game winning streak. He played alongside Lynn football and baseball legend Harry Agganis and other great Lynn athletes. He was inducted into the Lynn Classical Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 for those achievements and his outstanding contributions to the Lynn community. He went on to Harvard University where his sports accolades continued receiving three varsity letters for football and basketball, and in one Harvard-Yale football game he was credited with catching the longest pass for a touchdown in the series at that time. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in Government, Class of 1951.
Upon graduating from Harvard, Warden received an invitation to play for the Los Angeles Rams, but instead enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Korea from 1951 to 1953 where he saw combat and attained the rank of captain. In 1958, he graduated from Boston University Law School and began practicing law at the firm of Hannan and Mayo. Later he opened his own legal practice on Union Street in Lynn where he worked until his retirement in May 2011. He served three terms on the Lynn School Committee beginning in 1961. He was involved with a number of Lynn civic organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, Greater Lynn Family and Children’s Services, the Harry Agannis Foundation. He also served on the board trustees for Eastern Bank.