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