Gardam, The Reverend Robert Frederick RENSSELAER Robert Frederick Gardam died peacefully on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Eddy Heritage House. He was born in Newcastle, County Down, Ireland on May 28, 1917, the son of Maurice and Ann Gardam. He came to Canada in November of that year and grew up in Westlock, Alberta. He married Shirley Landon of Newboro, Ontario in August 1945 and they have four children, Robert of East Berne, N.Y., Brian (Claire) of Canton, N.Y., Maggie (Peter Bigras) of Perth, ON, and David (Mary McCarthy) of Troy, N.Y. They have seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Lucille Thomas of Santa Monica, Calif. He graduated from Trinity College Divinity School, University of Toronto in 1940 and was ordained into the Anglican Ministry as a deacon in 1942 and priest in 1943. After serving 11 years in the Diocese of Ontario he became rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Detroit. Later he was at Calvary Church, Saginaw; on a team ministry in Jefferson County, N.Y.; and for seventeen years, rector of St. Luke's Church, Cambridge, N.Y. He retired in 1982 and moved to Plant City, Fla. where he became an associate priest at St. Peter's Church. In 1992 he and Shirley returned to New York where they resided at Round Lake. He was active throughout the Capital area as a supply priest for more than a decade. In 2006 they moved to the Franciscan Heights Senior Community in Rensselaer, N.Y. He was a former member of the Lions Club and the Rotary Club and a founding member of the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at the Eddy Heritage House for the loving care they provided during the past eight months. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, Simpson Ave., Round Lake, N.Y. on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.
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Published in Albany Times Union on May 4, 2012