Funeral services for James A. Gardner, age 90 of Ogdensburg and Hammond, will be held on Saturday (April 12, 2014) at 11:00am at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home with Pastor David Hart officiating. Army funeral detail honors will be held at Foxwood Memorial Park follow the service at the funeral home.
Calling hours will be held on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the funeral home. Mr. Gardner passed away at his home on Tuesday (April 8, 2014) surrounded by his loving family.
Surviving are his children James Gardner 2nd & his wife Susan of Massena, John Gardner & his wife Rose of Ogdensburg and Brenda Lalonde and her companion Marty Martel of Ogdensburg; grandchildren Teena Mevec, Jason Gardner, Thomas Gardner, Megan Gardner, Tara Prior, Darcy Lalonde, Jonathan Gardner and Jay Gardner; two step-grandchildren Shawn Hubbard & his wife Mary Jo and Philip Simpson along with 4 great-grandchildren and 1 step-great-grandson.
His wife Genevieve, along with a sister Mary Nelson and her husband John predeceased him.
James was born on October 12, 1923 in Watertown NY, a son of the late Claude & Ida (Paul) Gardner. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1942 and enlisted in the US Army where he became a member of the elite military group, Office of Strategic Services during WWII. He parachuted behind enemy lines into France and China in 1944 & 45. He received his honorable discharge on Dec 24, 1945 and later was awarded the French Legionnaire Medal of Honor in 2007.
On December 30, 1945 he married Genevieve Gertrude Brudecki in Perth Amboy, NJ. She predeceased him on July 28, 1999.
James was employed by NY Telephone for 41 years, and was a member of the Gerald R. Roy AmVets Post 4 in Massena and the Telephone Pioneers. He was an avid environmentalist that enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, carving duck decoys, fiddling, building his own retirement home, traveling, spending time on the St. Lawrence River and with his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676; The First Congregational Church of Ogdensburg, 300 New York Avenue, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, 610 Patterson St, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Condolences can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.