GARDNER Donald Henry, 53, of Ringwood, musician, father of Derek K. and Garrett J. Gardner, passed away after a valiant battle with cancer on May 20, 2010.Don was a drummer who began his musical career during his formative years in Upper Saddle River, NJ and distinguished himself as a percussionist at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. Don attended Bradley University Music School, Peoria, IL where amongst other groups, participated in BEJ, Bradley Ensemble of Jazz, receiving numerous state awards.His musical career spanned many genres and culminated in a lifetime achievement award from the Rockland County Jazz & Blues Society, Inc. in 2009. He was proud to have played with numerous prominent entertainers including Tom Jones, Annie Lennox and Bucky and John Pizzarelli. Don also worked as a General Manager at Multitone Engraving Company, Rochelle Park, NJ, for over 25 years.In addition to his sons, he is survived by his loving wife Carol Hummers Gardner, his mother, Althea Janke Gardner, Upper Saddle River, NJ, sister Althea Gardner Perley of Darien, CT, brother Glen Gardner and his wife Laura of Montclair, NJ, sister Kathy Gardner Kenny and her husband George of Warwick, NY. He is also survived by his in-laws, Sharon and Herbert Hummers of Garden City, NY, sister-in-law Beth Kretschmer and her husband Jed of Asbury, NJ, his former wife Laura Kenney Gardner, and numerous nieces and nephews.Don was predeceased by his father Harry H. Gardner and his brothers Kenny and James, and brother-in-law Bill Perley.A Mass Of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Monday at 10 AM at the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ burial will follow at the Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah NJ. Friends and relatives are invited on Sunday from 1-5 PM at the Scarr Funeral Home Inc Route 202 Suffern.For directions or to sign Donald's guest book please visit www.scarrfuneralhome.net In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations can be made to the Derek K. and Garrett J. Gardner College Education Trust, c/o Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C., 1251 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020-1182.
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