Paul E. Gardner

August 14, 1931 - February 22, 2017

Paul E. Gardner

Age 85, of Warsaw died February 22, 2017 in Warsaw, NY. Son of Orval and Elizabeth (Cluney) Gardner, born August 14, 1931. He graduated from Warsaw Central School, class of 1949. Paul joined the Air Force in 1952. In 1956, he went to work at Zeches, retiring in December 1993. Paul was an active lifetime member of St. Michael’s Church. In 2004, he received the St. Joseph’s the Worker Award from the Buffalo Diocese. Paul was heavily involved with the American Legion Post 532 from 1956-present serving as Post Adjunct, Post Commander, County Adjunct, County Commander, Boy State Chairman for 50 years, Financial Officer for 45 years, Post and County Graves Registration Chairman, and Chairman of Flag Sales. In 2010, Paul received Legionnaire of the Year. His ongoing commitment to the Legion led to membership in the 40 & 8. Through the 40 & 8, he served in many roles, and his favorite role was dressing up as a clown in firemen’s parades. Paul was a member of the Wyoming County Vets Club and the Wyoming County Joint Veterans Council, where he served as treasurer. He was the recipient of the Dewitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service (2011) and the Dan Murtha Award from the Loyal Order of the Moose (2012). Paul was an avid bowler serving as the director of the Perry Bowling Association (lifetime member). He was awarded the Perry Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1996. Paul enjoyed golf and poker. He played faithfully with his monthly poker club for the majority of his life. Paul was predeceased by his wife, Jean (Midea) Gardner, brother James (Sis) Gardner, sister Mary (Bill) Truitt, and brothers-in-law Rhett Warrington and Don Midea. Paul is survived by: two children, Paul (Leigh) Gardner, and Jean Gardner; three grandchildren, Patrick, Shane, and Jenae; sister Nora Warrington; brother Fred (Shirley) Gardner; brother-in-law Ben (Sharon) Midea; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends may call Sunday, February 26 from 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 PM at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw. Paul’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, February 27 at 10 AM at St. Michael’s Church, Warsaw. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Warsaw. An American Legion service will be held Sunday at 5:45 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paul and Jean Gardner Memorial Scholarship, 153 W. Buffalo St., Warsaw, NY 14569.

Important Dates

February 26, 2017 : Calling Hours for Paul E. Gardner - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

February 26, 2017 : Calling Hours for Paul E. Gardner - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

February 27, 2017 : Funeral Mass at St. Michael’s Church for Paul E. Gardner - 10:00 AM

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Feb 28.17 from Kate and Jim Frantz:
Paul, Leigh, Jean Marie, and family, our deepest sympathies. My first Christmas card and birthday card was always from Paul. He was a jewel of a guy and will be dearly missed.

Feb 27.17 from Tom and Jane (Fladie) Gebel:
Paul, Leigh & Jean Marie - So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was a very sweet man and I often saw him around town and he was always so very pleasant. His presence will be missed for sure.

Feb 27.17 from Wayne Zeches:
I have known Paul since High School and worked with him for many years at the ZECHES store. I am sorry to hear of this.

Feb 26.17 from Deepali Kala:
I'm sure you are missing your father. My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to you and your family!

Feb 26.17 from Rick Schaefer:
Paul, you will be missed, Rest in Peace.

Feb 26.17 from Bob and Ellen Metcalfe:
Paul and Leigh,
We will keep you all in our prayers.
Your dad had quite a life, Paul. I wish we could have met him.

Feb 26.17 from Domenico A. Midea II:
Uncle Paul will be dearly missed. I will always remember our family outings (playing lawn jarts, Cooking out). How could you not think of Uncle Paul and not put a clown face on him..I think I always looked to see if I could pick him out in the parades. I'm glad to be called a fellow Air Force Veteran along with him... he was very happy to hear that my son Sean had gone through loadmaster training as part of his training even though he got into another career. God Bless you tell Aunt Jean I said hello and that I miss her.

Feb 25.17 from Robert J. Midea & Nancy:
We love you and will miss. You will always be remembered, but never forgotten. I will miss my birthday and Christmas cards, which I looked forward to each & every year for as long as I can remember. Paul & Leigh, Jean Marie, Patrick & Shane & Jenae, our prayers are with you in during this sad & trying time. Love Bob & Nancy

Feb 25.17 from Dianne (Yarbrough) & Jim Cottrill:
We are very sorry to hear about Paul's death. Such a vital special friend to Warsaw for so many years. He and Jean always kept life more interesting. Our sympathies to their children and grandchildren.

Feb 25.17 from Roger and Carrole Brei:
Our sincerest condolences, also from the entire "COUSINS CLAN". Carrole, Naoma, Gary Gale and Pam as well as our entire families/