Sunday, October 30, 2011

Alfred J. Gardner

Brian's maternal grandfather, Alfred J. Gardner, passed away Friday at age 91.  To say that he lived a full life would be an understatement.  He graduated from West Point, was a Hump Pilot in WWII, earned two masters degrees, was involved in Project Gemini, and had a very successful career at Lockheed.

He raised two wonderful children, Carol (Brian's mom) and Al Jr.  I will always remember how he spoke of their births as a joyous miracle.

He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Florence.  He truly was blessed with spending his life with the woman he loved.

I feel so fortunate that the girls not only have had so many great-grandparents who could get to know them, but also that they actually are at the age when they can remember them.


Zozopdx said...

so sorry to hear about your family's loss, but what a wonderful life! my condolences to Carol especially.

Amber said...

So sorry for your loss. Our kids lost a great-grandparent this week as well (Andrew's paternal grandpa) and I'm so thankful that they will have some memories of him. All of my great-grandparents were gone before I was born.

Christie said...

So sorry for your loss. May you find some comfort in knowing he lived a great life.