UNITY - Robert "Bob" Chase Gardiner, 83, passed away on Tuesday morning, November 17, 2015, at Inland Hospital in Waterville.
He was born on February 1, 1932, in Thorndike to the late Rufus and Laura (Bolstridge) Gardiner. He was the 13th of 16 children.
Bob attended Freedom Academy, and joined the Army in June of 1949 until 1952, serving in the Isle of Vieques in Puerto Rico, and Germany. Bob had many jobs; the first one was at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Conn. Others were at a paper mill, two plastic mills, and then he started to buy older buildings and remodeled them into apartments which he did for quite a few years.
Bob was married to Carolyn "June" Bowman of Thorndike for 62 years and together they raised four children. In 1977, they moved back to Maine. Bob's favorite past time was hunting and he was an antique collector.
Bob was predeceased by his children, Ronald, Judith, Carol, James and Kevin; his brothers, George, Merton, Lohman, Maurice, and Earl Gardiner; his sisters, Althea and her husband Bill Lassalle, Winnie and her husband Guy Howes, Coral and her husband, Walter Furrow, Verla Gardiner, Lona Gardiner, and Elinor and her husband, Carl Howes; and his sisters-in-law, June Gardiner, and Janet Gardiner.
He is survived by his wife, June; his son, Gary and his wife, Sheila; his daughters, Susan and her husband, Francis, Melanie Gray, and Angela Ahern; his grandchildren, James McCue, Ben McCue, Nicholas Gray, Torrye, Taylor, and Derik Ahern, Anita Waterfield and children, April Stayton and children, and Christy Land and children; his great- grandsons, Jackson and Kevin McCue; his brothers, Stewart and Austin; his sisters, Beatrice and her husband, Joe Bryant, and Pearl and her husband, Paul McFarland.
Visiting hours will be on Saturday, November 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Clinton Baptist Church, 10 Spring Street, Clinton, followed by a funeral service to begin at 11 a.m. with Pastor Robert Philbrick officiating. There will be refreshments immediately following the service followed with burial at Center Cemetery in East Thorndike at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com