Thomas Richard Gardner
Tom grew up in Sydney Mines, the eldest child of the late Wilson and Reta Gardner.
He was a devoted, faithful member of Trinity Anglican Church. He was proudly ‘one of the boys in the back.’
Tom was a well respected and loved gentleman and educator. He began his teaching career at Thompson High in North Sydney, in Quebec for three years, returning to teach in Sydney Mines until he retired.
He was a member of the Royal Oak Lodge # 85 for 62 years, and volunteered with many organizations over the years.
Tom taught, and was a Caller with Modern Western Square Dancing. With his partner Gwen, they enjoyed travelling to dances festivals all over Canada. They also camped and were members of the Bluenose RV Square Dance Club. Music was very much part of his life, and he loved it all, even playing at the fiddle with his little group. He spent many enjoyable hours in his greenhouse, growing flowers and vegetables with JR at his side. He learned his skills working with Angus at Goodwins.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gwen, children Jim – Skylar, Thomas (Savannah), Norma (Stephen) Gouthro, – Zachary (DJ), Jake, Roberta
(Ken) Baker – Carly, Emma, Amanda, Bobby (Debbie) – Sam and Macklen, step-grandson JD Jacobs (Nicole) Tobias and Ivy Rae. Also left to mourn is his sister Judy (Dan) Whelan, and brothers Clifford (Joyce), David, Carl and Paul.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Wilson and Brian, sister-in-law Gilda, and Carl’s partner Wendy.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation for Thomas Gardner will take place on Sunday, December 29, 2019, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. There will be a Masonic service at 7 pm. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 am in Trinity Anglican Church, Sydney Mines, with Rev. Stacey LeMoine assisted by Rev. Brian Barron (Clyde Ave. Baptist Church). A reception will follow in Grandy Hall. Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to Trinity Anglican Church, or to a charity of one’s choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to his family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com
“Well done Thou good and faithful servant.”
Rest in Peace.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Thomas Gardner 2019..
Death notice for the town of: Sydney-Mines, Province: Nova Scotia