Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:
WILMINGTON, MA — Donald F. Gardiner, age 71, of Northwood, NH, formerly of Derry, NH, passed away on September 3, 2021.
Donald was born on May 12, 1950, in Lowell, MA; he was the son of the late Russell Gardiner and Marjorie (Connor) Kennedy. Donald was raised in Billerica in his early years before moving to Wilmington. He graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1969.
Following graduation, Donald enlisted in the Army reserves. He faithfully served for more than twelve years before being honorably discharged.
Donald met his “high school sweetheart”, Patricia Ann Tierney, at Wilmington High. They dated for a few years before marrying in 1972. They lived on North Street for a few years before relocating to Derry, NH. Donald and Patricia raised their two children, Russell “R.J.” and Heather in Derry before settling in Northwood, NH in 2002.
Donald worked as a metal spinner at Spincraft in Billerica for more than thirty-one years. He loved his job and made several friends throughout his time there. After retiring from Spincraft, Donald took a job closer to home as the Assistant Building Inspector for the Town of Northwood. After ten years, Donald retired to spend time with his family.
In his spare time, Donald enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. He also loved “paint by number.”
Donald will be remembered for his love of his family. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and “Grumpy”. Donald loved to spend time with his grandchildren; he was most happy when they came to visit.
Donald was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Tierney) Gardiner, devoted father of Russell John Gardiner of Northwood, NH, Heather McKallagate & her husband Scott of FL, loving “Grumpy” of Brielle, Kyliana, Kiera and Shane, dear brother of Judy Huber & her husband Larry of Ohio and Steven Kennedy & his wife Michelle of Windham, NH. Donald is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA on Saturday, September 18th at 12:00 noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.
Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA.
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