Paul H. Gardner

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Paul H. Gardner

April 05, 1923 - January 09, 2019

Paul H. Gardner Danvers, MA - Paul H. Gardner, 95, of Danvers and formerly of Peabody, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 with his family by his side. He was the devoted husband of Marianne (Giglio) Gardner, loving father of three, and proud Army veteran. Paul was born in Hanover, MA on April 5, 1923, to the late Martha (Wolfendale) Gardner and Bertrand Gardner. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served his country in WWII and the Korean War, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class before his discharge in 1957 and subsequent retirement in 1964. Paul was a proud patriot and continued to serve throughout his life as an important part of several veterans’ organizations. He devoted his time to the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 153, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1011, and Peabody Veterans Council, serving as commander in each, and was a Sergeant at Arms and lifetime member of the 24 Battalion Division American Legion 8. He received the Commander in Chief award from the VFW for “unselfish devotion to the concept of veterans helping other veterans.”

Paul was a tireless hard worker and provider for his family as a letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office for 20 years until his retirement in 1985. He was an avid lifelong Red Sox fan, cheering them on through one last World Series, and loved proudly marching in parades and attending any event where he could represent or support other veterans. He was tough as nails, but always quietly gentle. He is survived by his loving wife Marianne; his children, Judy Fitzpatrick and her husband Kevin of Dover, NH, Lisa Ballard and her husband Brian of Salem, MA, and Paula Seeley and her husband Kenneth of Beverly, MA; his grandchildren Eric and Angela Seeley, and Katie, Sarah, and Kelly Fitzpatrick; as well as many nieces and nephews and many loving friends.
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A visitation will be held on Monday, January 14, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill- Brodeur Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at St. John the Baptist Church in Peabody at 11 a.m. A private burial will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Jude Research Hospital or to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Published on January 11, 2019
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Natalie (Silva) Orcutt
Jan 21, 2019
Paul was married to my mom's cousin. When I was a child, my siblings & l, called him "Uncle" Paul. I remember some good times visiting with Judy, Lisa, & Paula. Unfortunately, when we all grew up, we went our separate ways. I wish I could've gotten to know the entire family better. I was very moved after reading about Paul's dedication to the veteran community. My husband and I belong to the Auxiliary of VFW Post 1046 in Brockton, MA. We know how great it is to help our veterans & to educate others to join in our mission. May your fondest memories of Paul give you all comfort in the days ahead.
Tamara Strong
Jan 14, 2019
Thinking of and praying for you and your family Paula. I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was an amazing man. With love and sympathy, Tamara
Sheila Vaccaro
Jan 14, 2019
Sweet Paul, so enjoyed our Movie nights, at Brookdale, and sharing my Snickers with you. I'm so glad we had this little time together, it was indeed my pleasure.
Rest in Peace Paul!
TO MY DADDY, I LOVE YOU, MORE THAN, YOU KNOW., THO' I ALWAYS TOLD YOU. NO MATTER, THE AGE, THE HURT DOES'NT LESSEN & THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. PLEASE KNOW, YOU WERE THE BEST FATHER & PROVIDER. I LOVE YOU, CHERISH YOU & MISS YOU FOREVER & A DAY. YOU ARE MY HERO & MY STRENGTH, HEART & SOUL.! 1-4-3 LISA MAY GARDNER BALLARD
Jan 13, 2019
Terri Lavery
Jan 12, 2019
I loved Uncle Paul very much. His pride for our country, our military and every soldier permeated every interaction I ever had with him. He was always gentle and inspiring. 🙏❤️🇺🇸😢
Susan Brennan
Jan 11, 2019
To the entire Gardner family,
So very sorry to hear of your loss.
From the Brennan family, former Dexter St residents b
Robert Dunne and Beverley Griffin-Dunne
Jan 11, 2019
The Paul Gardner Family,
We were sorry to hear of your loss. I very much enjoyed talking to Paul at Church and Veteran's events. He was phenomenal at our Veteran's events. He will be greatly missed.

Bob and Bev
Michael J. Bonfanti
Jan 11, 2019
Thank you for your service to our country and your support of our veterans. Your help in organizing and participating in all the parades and other veteran related events in Peabody was greatly appreciated.