St. Martin
Allen Wardle
  • 67 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 28, 1947
  • Date of passing: Mar 4, 2015
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4

Allen Marsden Wardle, surrounded by his family, slipped his mooring for the final time and sailed into heaven to be with Jesus on March 4, 2015, passing away after a long and valiant fight against cancer. Born in Springfield, MA on September 28, 1947, to Frances and Harry Wardle, he is survived by his wife of 35 years, Donna of Beverly, MA; daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Peter of Beverly, MA; granddaughters Hannah and Olivia; older sister, Robin Wardle of Chicago, IL; and younger brother, Lee Wardle and his wife Geordie of Orlando, FL.

Allen lived his life as a man of action with careers revolving around interaction with people and biology, most recently having retired from the sales and support team of PerkinElmer in 2011. He invested his life in his family, coaching Jennifer in everything from soccer to swimming, even gaining a certification in swim officiating to be more involved in her meets, and volunteering for the New England Revolution soccer team, keeping statistics and scores at games. He and Donna traveled extensively, with a particular love for the islands of St. Martin and Turks and Caicos; Sedona, AZ, and camping all throughout New England with friends and family.

With a particular affinity towards biology and chemistry, Allen found a passion in baking and cooking, which brought delight and smiles to all those who enjoyed his cookies, breads, and other amazing confections – so much so that he gained the nickname “The Cookie Man” from the nurses and staff at Dana Farber, to whom he would bring, for every treatment over the course of 4+ years, plenty of his signature cookies.

And Allen was crazy about his granddaughters – Hannah and Olivia – who affectionately referred to him as “Papa.” He spent hours reading and playing with them, teaching Hannah to bake (and letting her “sneak” some treats here and there) and summoning all of his great strength to play with Olivia, no matter how he felt.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915. Interment will be at Central Cemetery, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Allen Wardle to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by stacy howley on 14th March 2015

"Allen Wardle was the kind of man that every family deserves.   Strength and love through the toughest of times.   Kind, caring and sensitive.   My heart is broken for his family.   They are so incredibly lucky to have had such a wonderful man as a husband, dad and papa.   Please accept my deepest sympathies."

This tribute was added by Esther Akanbi on 12th March 2015

"I knew Mr. Wardle as a wonderful family man.
Through God’s grace, he was able to raise a daughter that is better than seven sons. He also nourished our souls through his baked goods.
May his soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Marc Karloff on 11th March 2015

"" I am very sad to hear the news of his passing. I joined NEN/PKI back in 1984 and I  can only say great things about all my interactions with Allen. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends! God Bless.""

This tribute was added by Lloyd Bayreuther on 10th March 2015

"Allen was not the 'hugging' kind! But I managed to get one from him often. I will miss those. Sail on, kind friend."

This tribute was added by Phil Rogers on 9th March 2015

"I am truly sadden by the news of Allen's passing.  I have known him since I first started working at NEN/PKI 20+ years ago.  I even got the chance to work directly with him when he became part of the Inside Sales team selling rad instrumentation.  I learned a lot during that time and even got to enjoy some of his cooking.  He will be greatly missed.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

This tribute was added by Chris Coniglio on 9th March 2015

"Allen was one of the first people I met when I started working in 1974. Our careers crossed paths many times over the years and it was always a blessing to work with him. I will miss you and your positive outlook always. We lost a true bright light."

This tribute was added by david chanley on 9th March 2015

"I have missed my friend Allen ever since he left PKI......i will miss him even more now.  Good Bless Allen and his family."

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