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Edward E. Gardner Jr.

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Edward E. Gardner Jr., 79, a well-known resident of Elm Street, died Sunday, June 18, 2006, at his residence surrounded by his family, following a long illness.

He was born in Unionville, Conn., July 23, 1926. He was the son of the late Edward E. Gardner Sr. and Ruby (Olin) Gardner. He received his education in Bennington, where he attended Saint Francis de Sales Academy and was a 1944 graduate of Bennington High School.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Gardner served in the United States Army Air Corps.

He married the former Helen S. Kelley Feb. 18, 1956, in Manchester.

While living in Connecticut, Mr. Gardner worked for the Hartford Police Department. After moving to Bennington, Ed worked at the Renton Bakery in North Adams, Mass. He later worked at the BenMont Paper Company and worked part-time at Grant’s Department Store, where he was promoted to assistant manager. He also worked at Greenberg’s and the Pennysaver and was well known for his vegetable stand on Harwood Hill.

He was a founding member of the Bennington Rescue Squad and a very active member of the Putnam Hose Company of the Bennington Fire Department, where he served as president and department secretary and treasurer and also served on the Bennington Battle Day Committee.

Ed served as treasurer of the Bennington Softball League and was a member and director of VAST. An avid bowler, Ed was the secretary treasurer of the men’s bowling league in Bennington. He was a member of the Bennington Lodge of Elks No. 567, where he was elected Elk of the Year in 1986. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 13 and the Moose Family Center.

Ed enjoyed traveling and had traveled throughout Europe, England and Mexico; he also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, collecting baseball cards and state quarters, playing golf, spending time at his camp in Woodford, and in earlier years he enjoyed hunting. His family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his main interest.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Kelley Gardner of Bennington; his children and their spouses, Mary Myers and Donald of Bennington, Valerie Camp and Greg of Southampton, Mass., Cindy Gardner and Don Carroll of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Edward E. Gardner III of Bennington, Gayle Kees and Kevin of Shaftsbury and Kelley Gardner of Hyde Park, Mass.; nine grandchildren, Kim, Lana, Boogie, Kathy, Deb-E, Denya, Megan, Mathew and Melissa; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Alice Paquin.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer and then from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 11 a.m., where the Mass of Resurrection will be offered.

The burial will take place in the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Edward E. Gardner Jr. may be made to either the Bennington Rescue Squad or the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

The following organizations are requested to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Wednesday evening to conduct their services: The Bennington Moose Lodge at 6:30 p.m., Bennington Fire Department at 7 p.m. and the Bennington Lodge of Elks at 7:30 p.m.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 20, 2006
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