ORONO - Tom Gardner passed away this weekend after a brief illness, surrounded by family. Tom died the way he lived: shouldering what burden he could for his loved ones until the last. He was a source of strength and a problem-solver, always showing up just when you needed him, with little fanfare or fuss. Tom was stoic, but had a wry sense of humor; he loved a good joke, a quiet walk in the woods (which he kept referring to as "hunting" for some reason), and a strong cup of coffee on the porch at camp. He knew how to have a good time, and you couldn't help but have a good time with him. He loved his family and friends, and did whatever he could for them. He will be missed.
Tom is survived by many people who loved him dearly, including his mother, his wife, his children and their spouses, his granddaughter, brother and sisters, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, many nieces and nephews. Undoubtedly, those among you who knew him know that he wouldn't have wanted you to mourn his passing solemnly. With that in mind, please join the family for a celebration of his life at Woodman's in Orono, Sunday October 18, 2015 from 1-4pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Maine 122 State St, Augusta, ME 04330 www.lung.org