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NO. R-84. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of Roy A. Gardner.

(J.R.H. 61)

Offered by: Representative Adams of Hartland.

Whereas, Roy A. Gardner was a native of the village of Greenbush, and

Whereas, he lived to be a very sprightly 96 year old, and

Whereas, as the son of Weathersfield’s overseer of the poor, he was reared on the grounds of the town’s poor farm, and was imbued with a strong belief in the importance of helping the needy, and

Whereas, Roy A. Gardner had a deep love of the outdoors and an extraordinary Yankee ingenuity for mastering technical challenges, and

Whereas, he often bicycled to school on a bike that he continued to maintain and use past his 80th birthday, and

Whereas, after graduating from Springfield High School, Roy A. Gardner commenced his career as a machinist in the then-thriving Springfield machine tool industry, and

Whereas, after residing in Connecticut and New Hampshire, Roy A. Gardner returned to Weathersfield and worked on his father’s recently purchased farm each day for many hours, despite his holding a full-time position at Joy Manufacturing, and

Whereas, even after Roy A. Gardner’s official retirement in 1960, he continued to work at other positions, and

Whereas, he was intimately involved in the life of his church with which he maintained a deep and mutually abiding affection, and

Whereas, he was a very active Grange member participating in many of that organization’s activities, and

Whereas, in his later years, Roy A. Gardner constructed a 1922 Model T Ford from parts that a friend gave him, and then proudly drove his granddaughter in this antique, but very new, vehicle from her wedding ceremony to the reception, and the car, of which he was so very proud, was used to transport his casket to its final resting place, and

Whereas, Roy A. Gardner regularly exercised, spending many days in his beloved outdoors, hunting and fishing, and, most amazingly at age 95, he climbed Mt. Ascutney, and

Whereas, Roy A. Gardner persevered and, despite the loss of two daughters and two grandchildren, and, in 1991, his wife Viola, to whom he was married for 60 years, he continued to live independently until the very end of his life,

and was the great pride of his family, including his daughter Lois, his grandson William, his three great-granddaughters and great-great-grandson, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of Roy A. Gardner, a most remarkable and special Vermonter who lived a very full life, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Lois Allen in St. Johnsbury; George Barter in Webster, New Hampshire; William Barter in Webster, New Hampshire; the Rev. Andrew Mercaldo, Pastor of the North Hartland Community Church; and Miss Minnie Witham in North Haverhill, New Hampshire.