Timothy Gardiner, 57, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at home in Evergreen, with his wife and children by his side.
He was born in Paterson, N.J., where he was a Catholic altar boy and a Little League baseball player. A natural athlete, Tim also played football and basketball. He graduated from Barrington High School in Chicago in 1973, Marymount College (Phi Theta Kappa) in Boca Raton, Fla., in 1975 and Florida Atlantic University (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1978, where he majored in political science.
Tim moved to Evergreen and married Lauren Robinson of Dallas in 1983 at the Brown Palace in Denver. He founded the Colorado chapter of Neurofibromatosis in 1985 (now known as the Children's Tumor Foundation), and as president he chaired numerous fund-raising events. He began a career in finance and life insurance with Xelan, was a partner in creating Rushmore Financial Group of Dallas, and later joined Life Quotes and the Accuquote, where he managed, trained and taught his employees how to sell life insurance by phone.
Tim coached Little League baseball and named his son's team THE RATS, calling himself the Chief Rodent. His passion was baseball, and he was an umpire most of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Lauren Robinson Gardiner; children Jenny Gardiner of Littleton, John Connor Gardiner of Lakewood, and Kelly and Madi Gardiner of Evergreen; his mother, Charlotte Joan Gardiner of Highlands Ranch; siblings Glenn Gardiner (Therese) of Englewood, Nancy Gardiner of Highlands Ranch and Jacki Lindsey (Shane) of Bountiful, Utah; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Evergreen.
An account has been set up at FirstBank in Evergreen to help with medical expenses accumulated through Tim's illness. Donations may also be made to the Colorado Chapter of the Children's Tumor Foundation, 70 N. Ranch Road, Littleton, CO 80127.
Published in Canyon Courier from Aug. 29 to Sept. 5, 2012