MERIDEN - Whitney O. Gardiner, Sr., of Meriden, loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004 at the age of 78, after battling a lengthy illness. He was born in Meriden on June 12, 1925, the son of the late Orrin Addison and Eva Norrie Gardiner, lifelong residents of Meriden. He entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served for four years aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He proudly retired from the Meriden Fire Department as a Lieutenant after a 27-year career. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marie Staschke Gardiner; daughter Lynn Clark of Key West, FL; son Whitney O. Gardiner, Jr. of Meriden; granddaughter Lea Clark Gamez of Naples, FL; grandson Noel Gamez and his great-grandchildren, Noel, Jr. and Marina Gamez, all of Naples, FL. At his request there will be no calling hours and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the BEECHER & BENNETT FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden.

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  1. Dear Marie, Lynn and Lea and your family, and Whitney, Jr., and your family, I am sorry a wonderful guy is gone, but I will always be more than grateful that I spent time with him, thought of him often with good reason, that he thought of me, too, and that he was a great friend of mine. He improved all that he experienced, and was a meaningful example of what it is to be a real human being. I owe him so much. With the deepest respect, Dale …

  2. I had the pleasure of working with .Uncle Whit. at Meriden Manufacturing while he was there. There was no job he and I and Ray Waskowicz could not do. We also shared a lot of time at Park Centeral Tavern drinking the coldesd beer around. He will be greatly missed.

  3. Im very sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance during this sad time.

  4. Marie, So sorrry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Melanie (Lyons) and Scott Deware

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