Gardner, John W., 97, a long-time resident of Montclair and Verona, NJ, died June 15th following a brief illness. Predeceased by his beloved wife Patricia and his son Paul K. Gardner. He is survived by his daughter Barbara P. Foran, his sons Steven J., and John W. Jr. and daughters Shelia C. Marshall and Rita T. Gardner. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Following graduation from Immaculate Conception High School, Mr. Gardner served in WWII as a bomber pilot and retired from the United States Air Force Reserve as Lieutenant Colonel. He was the longest serving member of the Montclair Fire Department. He was the recipient of many valor awards and retired as Fire Chief.
Funeral from the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home 76 Park Street Montclair, NJ on Wednesday June 20th at 8:45AM. Then to Saint Theresa of Calcutta Parish, The Immaculate Conception Church Montclair where at 10AM a Mass of Christian burial will be offered. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery East Hanover. Visitation will be on Tuesday June 19th from 4-8PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John W. Gardner Scholarship Fund at Immaculate Conception High School, The Montclair FMBA #20 or the Verona Rescue Squad.