Waterford - Henry Gardiner III, 89, of Waterford, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
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He was son to the late Henry and Henrietta Gardiner. His early years were spent in Montclair, N.J. and Waterford, where the family business, Millstone Granite Quarry, was located. His early education was in Paris where he had a natural aptitude for languages. Henry spent his high school years at Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y. During this time he earned his pilot's license. Planes and flying became a passion that never left him.
At the beginning of World War II, Henry was studying contemporary languages at Yale and enlisted in the Navy. He was assigned to Admiral Nimitz's staff in Pearl Harbor as a Japanese language officer. He graduated Yale University while serving his country.
He returned to Millstone Point after the war and began a career in real estate. He loved taking his family on flying vacations that ranged from the Caribbean to Alaska.
Henry was active in many community activities in Waterford and New London, including being a long term trustee to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and a member of its Board of Managers, was Town of Waterford's charter representative to the Southeast Connecticut Planning Agency, and charter member of: the Eugene O'Neill Theater, the New London Country Club, and the Niantic Bay Yacht Club. Libraries were of particular interest. He supported local school and college libraries, with emphasis on the Waterford Public Library.
Henry is survived by his wife, Marcia; and four sons, Henry of Tioga, Texas, Scott of Apache Junction, Ariz., Alan and wife, Sue, and grandchildren Skye and Tom of Waterford; and Lee and wife, Kathleen, of Washoe Valley, Nev. and Stonington. He is also survived by step-son, Hartley Pond and wife, Anne and daughters Katherine and Emma of Sebastopol, Calif.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Esther Gardiner; sister, May Hoxie; and step-son, Calvin Pond.
The family wishes to thank members of the Lighthouse Home Care and Beacon Hospice for their kind and professional care provided to Henry.
There are no visiting hours and interment will be private. A memorial gathering is planned for the near future.
Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London, is assisting his family with the arrangements.
Please visit www.byles.com to sign the guestbook or to share a memory.
Published in The Day on May 12, 2013