Howard J. Gardner of Holland, NY passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at his residence at the age of 76.
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He was born October 29, 1943 in Buffalo, NY a son of the late Howard and Kathleen (Oertly) Gardner. He was a United States Air Force Vietnam War Veteran and served from 1964 - 1968. He was also a member and past Post Commander of the Holland American Legion, a 40 year member and past President of the Holland Fire Department, a member of the East Aurora Moose Lodge 370, a lifetime member of the Holland Rod and Gun Club, as well as a member of the Arcade Senior citizens along with other Senior citizens organizations. He was a volunteer Meals on Wheels delivery driver right up until the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Howard was also a lifetime member of the Holland United Methodist Church, was an avid Buffalo Sabres fan and enjoyed playing cards
He was a clerk for Norfolk Southern in Buffalo.
Howard is survived by his wife: Rebecca (Snow) Gardner whom he married September 20, 1969 in Buffalo, NY; his children: Christopher (Theresa) Gardner of Tonawanda and Ann (Ben) Driver of Arcade; his grandchildren: Allyson Gardner of Tonawanda, Trey Driver of Arcade, Nicolas Driver of Arcade; his siblings: Lois (Wayne) Priester of Machias, Charles (Sharon) Gardner of Machias; his brother-in-law: Freeman Snow of Glenwood as well as several nieces, nephews and his furry companion, Midnight.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be held in Holland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Holland Fire Department, 49 S. Main St, Holland, NY 14080, the Holland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 52. Holland, NY 14080 or Hospice Buffalo, Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.