James B. Gardner, 68, of 812 Bolivar Drive, passed away Monday (Sept. 14, 2015) at St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie.
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Born Feb. 18, 1947, in Bradford, he was the son of the late James and June Gardner Hand.
He attended Bradford schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on March 1, 1965 and served until he was honorably discharged July 14, 1967.
After his military service, he returned to Bradford. He worked for The Hollenbeck Funeral Chapel for a time and then began working as a truck driver. He drove for many companies in the area, including Halliburton, from where he retired. After his retirement, he worked as a security guard for Zippo Manufacturing.
He was an active member of the Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He also rescued and fostered animals for the McKean County SPCA.
He is survived by four children, Michael (Mary Alice) Ramsey of Raleigh, N.C., Lorianne (Seth) Riley of Little Valley, N.Y., Veronica (Chris) Washy of Gowanda, N.Y., and Jennifer (Tony) Gardner of Cherry Creek, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and his longtime companion, Dorthy Henderson, with whom he resided for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of James' life at 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department in Derrick City.
Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113 Bradford, The Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department or a
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Sept. 15 to Sept. 28, 2015