William T. "W.T." GARDNER

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GARDNER, William T. "W.T." 74, of Redington Beach and Lincoln, ME, husband of the late Gail M. Gardner passed away Jan. 15, 2014 surrounded by family and close friends in Florida. He was born March 27, 1939 in Allagash, ME, the son of Hubert and Louise (Henderson) Gardner. After completing 8th grade in Allagash, WT chose to move to Lincoln to further his education where he graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 1957. It was at this time that he met the love of his life, Gail. WT began his life long career in the land, truck, and logging industry at the age of 17 when he purchased his first dump truck. WT went on to build gravel roads from the Newport area to Lincoln including portions of I-95 under the supervision of Herb Sargent. In the 1970's, WT moved the majority of his business to the Golden Road in Millinocket, where he built his first truck garage and began hauling wood for Great Northern Paper out of the Lobster and Telos operations. In 1996 WT Gardner and Sons saw the opportunity to diversify into Chip Mills. They built the Dolby Chip Mill in Millinocket and shortly after the Gardner Chip Mill in Chester. It was also at this time that WT Gardner & Sons moved from the Golden Road offices to the Lincoln location where they built truck and equipment facilities and the main office. Gardner Land Company was also established and these lands remain open to the public for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and ATV trails. In 2001, WT Gardner & Sons bought and rebuilt Chester Forest Products, followed by the Houlton Chip Mill in 2006. These mills are all supported by the great people and lands of the forest products industy, that WT loved so much. While putting in many long hours and days, WT still found time to participate in the Shriners, Lincoln School Board, MFPC, FPGT, MMTA, Congregational Church and many other activities in support of the greater Lincoln area. He could always be found at many school and sporting events supporting the endeavors of his children and grandchildren whom he adored and cherished. WT thoroughly enjoyed his cottage on the Big Narrows, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, golf, hunting, fishing, skiing, tennis, snowmobiling, trips back to his childhood home in Allagash and his winter home in Florida. WT and Gail thoroughly enjoyed watching the evening sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, a nightly tradition he continued even after Gail's passing. Remembering him with love are his son, Thomas with wife Michele, son, Scott with fiancée Amy; seven grandchildren, Tyler with wife Julia, Shey with wife Sarah, Rianne, Audrey, William, Parker, Max, and the newest apple of his eye, great- granddaughter Ava Gail. He will also be deeply missed by his brother, Alan Gardner and wife Suzanne; sister Lois O'Leary and husband Bob; brother-in-law Dale Stanley and wife Darlene; sister-in-law Lorna Gordon and husband Blaine; as well as many nieces and nephews that benefitted from his wisdom and caring. Also cherishing his memory are close family friends Keith and Allison Robinson and their children, Caitlin, Scott and Daniel. The family would like to acknowledge the devotion and kindness of his assistant, niece Jaimie Gordon and Helen McBreairty, as well as, his golf friends who supported him during his greatest time of need. Many other family, friends, employees, and business associates will remember him for his kindness, integrity and work ethic. WT is predeceased by his wife Gail, mother Louise, and father Hubert, brothers, Bobby, Owen, Lowell, and dear friend H.O. Bouchard. Friends may call 5-8 pm Friday at the Mattanawcook Academy Gymnasium, Reed Drive in Lincoln, services will also be held in the gymnasium at 1 pm, Saturday, with the Rev. Gary Gardner officiating. Interment will be held at the Lincoln Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William and Gail Gardner Scholarship in their memory at Mattanawcook Academy.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 17, 2014
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