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.

3 comments:

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.