Thomas Gardner

Born: Tue., Nov. 28, 1933
Died: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019


Visiting

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 29, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 29, 2019
Location: J.M. Jobes Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Dec. 30, 2019
Location: Trinity Anglican Church


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Thomas Richard Gardner
Sydney Mines

Tom grew up in Sydney Mines, the eldest child of the late Wilson and Reta Gardner.
He was a devoted, faithful member of Trinity Anglican Church. He was proudly ‘one of the boys in the back.’
Tom was a well respected and loved gentleman and educator. He began his teaching career at Thompson High in North Sydney, in Quebec for three years, returning to teach in Sydney Mines until he retired.
He was a member of the Royal Oak Lodge # 85 for 62 years, and volunteered with many organizations over the years.
Tom taught, and was a Caller with Modern Western Square Dancing. With his partner Gwen, they enjoyed travelling to dances festivals all over Canada. They also camped and were members of the Bluenose RV Square Dance Club. Music was very much part of his life, and he loved it all, even playing at the fiddle with his little group. He spent many enjoyable hours in his greenhouse, growing flowers and vegetables with JR at his side. He learned his skills working with Angus at Goodwins.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gwen, children Jim - Skylar, Thomas (Savannah), Norma (Stephen) Gouthro, - Zachary (DJ), Jake, Roberta
(Ken) Baker - Carly, Emma, Amanda, Bobby (Debbie) – Sam and Macklen, step-grandson JD Jacobs (Nicole) Tobias and Ivy Rae. Also left to mourn is his sister Judy (Dan) Whelan, and brothers Clifford (Joyce), David, Carl and Paul.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Wilson and Brian, sister-in-law Gilda, and Carl’s partner Wendy.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation for Thomas Gardner will take place on Sunday, December 29, 2019, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. There will be a Masonic service at 7 pm. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 am in Trinity Anglican Church, Sydney Mines, with Rev. Stacey LeMoine assisted by Rev. Brian Barron (Clyde Ave. Baptist Church). A reception will follow in Grandy Hall. Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to Trinity Anglican Church, or to a charity of one’s choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to his family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com

“Well done Thou good and faithful servant.”
Rest in Peace.

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Anne&Paul Walker
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time .

Brian and Donna
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Gwen and family, we were saddened to hear this news. Please know we are thinking of you at this time of sadness.

Kevin & Jennifer (Brown) Miller
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Our sincere condolences. Tommy was a true gentleman & always a pleasure to talk with. Rest In Peace.

Russell and Anne MacDonald
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Gwen and family:
Tommy was a true gentleman who will long live in our memories. We always enjoyed his friendship; it was very genuine. God bless.

Wilfred Ingram
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Dear Gwen and family
We are heart broken to learn this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all . You and Tommy were a big part of our recreational time. We are away now but know you are in our thoughts.
Love
Wilf & Charlotte

Lyn McInnis
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Liz and Freeman Theriault and Family

Edward Russell
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
My only hope is that you and yours will find peace and contentment in the days ahead.
What can I say?
Tom was an honorable man and I feel privileged to have known him.
Eddy Russell

Kerry Fletcher
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
So sorry to hear the news, he will be missed at the square dance activity,

John & Linda Miles
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Gwen & Family; Judy, Cliff, and all the extended Gardner family:

We are so, so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Many special memories of times shared with him, his great fund of knowledge in so many areas, and his quick, dry wit! He was a good friend and will never be forgotten. May God bless you all at this sad and difficult time! Our sympathy, our thoughts, and our prayers are with you!

Blaine Morrison
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Tommy's passing. I remember one day in Grade 10 Latin Class he pointed out to me that for what I was getting out of this class that I would be better off picking coal on the highball. I took his suggestion/advice. It was the end of my Latin career. A great teacher. A role model. My sympathies to the Gardner Family.

Blaine Morrison
Kentville, NS

Susan Gillan-Craig
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Gwen and family
Sending sincere condolences. Thinking of you and praying God will give you comfort in your loss.

Dave and Lynn Gillan, Burton NB
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Gwen, Jimmie and family. Very saddened to hear of Tom's passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Jim & Marilyn DesBarres
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Dear Gwen & Family, So very, very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. Peace to you all. Love Marilyn & Jim

Don Jerrett
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
To the Gardner family:
Please accept my sympathy on the passing of Mr. Gardner, one of my teachers from SMH. He was a very good teacher. My codolences.
Don Jerrett, Stellarton

Bluenose RV Squares (Deregisterd)
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Gwen, Family and Friends ~
On behalf of the former members of Bluenose RV Squares, we extend our condolences. Tom was always such fun on and off the dance floor--as a dancer
and a Caller. We are sorry for your loss.

Wayne & Sandra LeMoine
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
Sorry to hear about this, Tommy was one of my favourite teachers he and Gwen were great friends to my parents. Our thoughts and payers are with you

Sharon McGean
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
So sorry to hear of Mr. Gardner’s passing. He was an amazing teacher, Principal and gentle man. Condolences to his family. Rest easy Tom🙏

Blair Murphy. Fall River
   Posted Sat December 28, 2019
To the Gardner family my sincere condolences,
Tom was the very best teacher i was ever fortunate to have, he was firm in his teaching, but always fair.....A great man indeed, i often thought of him when i would pass the old cottage in Kempt Head, and always smiled when i thought of him.

God Bless Tom, and all of you all as you celebrate this great man.



Deb Murray
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
Judy et al,
Tommy Gardner was a man who stood out for me as a student of Sydney Mines High School. I was never overly fond of school while attending it… but this man’s gentle nature, patience and consistent smile brought joy to my day and he still stands out in my mind for those things. Everybody loved Tommy…for a multiplicity of reasons but for me…he was someone to emulate when I became a teacher myself. Blessings to everyone who feels the loss of this great guy.
Deb Murray



Glenna (Romeo) and Curtis MacNeil
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
Mrs. Gardner, Jimmy, Norma, Roberta, Bobby and families: so very saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. I will always remember him as having a grin and a quick witted comment whenever I met him. Please know that we are very much thinking of you at this most difficult time. Wish I was there to give you a hug in person!

Ray & Ann Holec
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
Our sincere condolences to all of the Gardner family at this sad time. He was a fine gentleman and a great teacher.

Velma Reid Wace
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
Gwen and family. So sorry to hear about Tommy. My sincere sympathy. I remember him being a fun person with lots of laughter. May he rest in peace. May God comfort you and your family. Velma

Suzanne Strickland ( née Lamond)
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
To The Gardner Family:

So very sorry for your loss. “ Mr. Gardner” was a favorite teacher of mine at Sydney Mines High. I enjoyed his personality as well as his classes. He was a fine gentleman and teacher to us. We had respect for him and some more teachers there, in 1966 thru 1969, for me, and they had respect for us.
He gave a wonderful eulogy at my Uncle’s funeral ( Lt. Colonel Tom Slaven) and was wonderful to us at Uncle Tom’s passing. I can see that “ Mr. Gardner” had a wonderful retirement with his hobbies. A Life Well Lived.
Suzanne ( Lamond) Strickland

Rick Simm
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Tom was a great teacher and colleague. He will be missed

Bob & Phyllis Fiddes
   Posted Sun December 29, 2019
Gwen our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We were so sorry to read of Toms obituary.

Karen Colp
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Norma & family:
Thinking of you at this very difficult time. I hope the wonderful memories you share will help comfort you. Take good care.

darlene george
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Roberta, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. Sorry that we were unable to attend. Your dad's nickname for Blair as "Boy George" will be forever in our memories. Love Darlene, Blair, Lyle, Cory, Courtney and Devin George

Shirley Macdonald
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Dear Gwen,
I have just read Tom’s obituary and I am experiencing a deep feeling of sadness and loss.From our close friendship on the Athenaeum staff, doing our B.Ed’s together, and then meeting over the years at our many class reunions, including our 65th this past July, Tom has always had a special warm place in my memories.

I send you and all your family my deepest sympathy.
With love,
Shirley Macdonald

Janet and Lorne MacDowell
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
We were saddened to hear of Mr Gardner's passing. he was a true gentleman.

Please accept our condolences.

Lauretta Balderston
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019

My sincere sympathy to the family at this time. May your faith and great memories be your comfort in the coming days and weeks.

Kay Spaers (Marshall)
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Dear Gwen and Family
I was so saddened to hear of Toms passing , thinking of you and your family at this time of great sorrow. Tom and Marshall had some good laughs together.
God Bless you all.
Kay Spears

April Sainthill
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Jim & Family, I am so very sorry to hear of your Dads passing xo

Laurie and Elizabeth Hutchcroft
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Very sorry to learn of Tom's passing. He will be greatly missed. He was a great guy. We have many happy memories of him in the Square Dance world.

Raymond Cantwell
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Gwen,we are so sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing.We will always remember the many good times we had with you and Tommy at square dancing.Ann and I are in Edmonton at Raylene’s.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.Ann and Remi

Patricia Warren
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
I am so sorry Judy,Gwen and family to hear about Tommy's passing.He was a great man and will be missed by all

Cape Breton Heart and Lung Wellness Clinic
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
The staff at the Heart and Lung Wellness Clinic would like to send our sincere condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Debbie macIntosh
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
Dear Gwen and family : Bernie and I were so saddened to hear the news of Tommy's passing. He will certainly be missed , not only by the family, but his former students and members of his numerous groups.Trinity will sorely miss him,rest in peace,Bernie and debbie macIntosh

Ella Ripley
   Posted Tue December 31, 2019
Dear Gwen,
So sorrow to read of your husband Tom,s passing.
Our heartfelt sympathy to you and family at this sad time.
Loch Lomond R V Park.

Ella Ripley

Dottie Welch
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
On behalf of the dancers in the Square and Round Dance Federation of Nova Scotia, we send our condolences to the family and friends of Tom. Tom and Gwen were an important part of the Cape Breton modern square dance scene for many years. We are thankful for their long and enthusiastic participation as dancers, leaders and organizers. We have many happy memories of those joyous dances we shared at numerous festivals and conventions.
With sympathy,
Dottie and Gary Welch, Secretary SRDFNS

Kathy Beazley
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
Gwen, Jimmy, Norma, Roberta, Bobby and families:

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Kathy Beazley


Lauchie McMullin
   Posted Tue January 07, 2020
To Gwen and the entire Gardner family:
I was privileged to have Tommy as my teacher at SMH. A wonderful man with a dry wit who made getting educated fun. Tommy has left a lasting legacy in Sydney Mines. R.I.P. Tommy. You left many great memories for a lot of people.
My sincere condolences.
Lauchie McMullin

Sandra Harris (Hall)
   Posted Fri January 17, 2020
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Gardner. He was one of my favorite teachers at Memorial High School. He was also a friendly neighbor to my family and gave me many drives to school on cold winter days. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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