On Saturday August 26, 2023 Dr. Christopher H. Linden died peacefully at home in Shrewsbury, MA.
He leaves his beloved wife, Jeanne (Kristo) Linden; his children, Meredith & Martha Linden, Rebecca (Linden) Huard and her husband Travis, Erik Comes and his wife Danielle, and Kelley (Comes) Gallivan and her husband Timothy; his grandchildren Roseanna & Violet Huard, Paisley & Ryder Gallivan, and Lola Comes; and his sister Rachel Linden of Danvers.
Born in Lynn, MA, he was the son of the late Robert A. Linden and Doris B. (Bartol) Linden. He was raised in Danvers, MA, where he graduated 2nd in the Class of 1970. Recently, Chris spearheaded reconnecting with a group of his “unruly” high school friends to joyfully “raise hell” a few more times.
After high school, Chris attended and graduated with a B.A. from Amherst College in 1975 where he made more lifelong friends. A proud alumnus, he was recently involved in the planning of his upcoming 50th reunion.
Pursuing the call to medicine, Chris attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, receiving his Doctorate of Medicine in 1979 as part of the first full graduating class of UMASS. From there, Chris completed his Emergency Medicine training in Hershey, PA, and completed his Medical Toxicology training in Denver, CO. While in Colorado, Chris also was commissioned as a Captain in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Army Reserves.
Returning to the east coast, Chris continued to grow in knowledge and reputation, especially in the field of toxicology. With over a hundred credited publications, Dr. Linden was a national medical expert, resource, and asset, serving in numerous professional organizations, committees, and editorial boards. Locally, Dr. Linden was also known for his talent and skills in Emergency Medicine, working in the UMASS Trauma Center and in the Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital system since 1989. He retired in 2020 from Milford Urgent Care and has remained close to his colleagues and friends from Milford ever since.
Chris was never one to brag about his professional successes, choosing instead to focus on the legacy and family he built with his wife Jeanne. Chris & Jeanne began their adventurous journey through life together with their five kids. Together, Chris & Jeanne renovated a 4-story Victorian house that became the heart of the family and hosted countless gatherings with family & friends. Their door was always open to family & friends who needed medical advice, a meal, or just a place to hang out.
If you knew Chris outside of the hospital, you may have known him as a stonemason, an electrician, a carpenter, a gardener, a day-trader, a daredevil skier, a Harley rider, the neighborhood field medic, or as the guy telling stories that made everyone laugh. He was all these things and more to those who loved him. He will be missed but will live on in our hearts and memories.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather with his family at MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation Street, Worcester on Friday, September 8, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., when a Funeral Service will begin at 12 p.m.
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