Milton Gardner

Milton A. Gardner

Friday, September 25th, 1931 - Thursday, February 6th, 2020
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Milton A. Gardner, Sr. 88, a former resident of Middle Pownal Road, Bennington, and West Addison, VT as well as Williamstown, MA was released from his mortal life Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Brookdale Fillmore Pond following a long illness.

Born in Pittsfield, MA on September 25, 1931, he was the son of the late Gilbert L. and Doris (Chapman) Gardner. Milt received his education in the Pittsfield schools.

He married the former Margaret Ann Daniels on March 18, 1951.

Over the years Milt was employed as a bus driver, logger, supermarket manager and had a newspaper delivery route. Together with his wife Margaret he owned and operated the Dugout Luncheonette in Williamstown, MA and Dugout Motel and Restaurant in Adams, MA for many years. In his retirement he was a volunteer driver for Green Mountain Express.

Milt played baseball in his earlier years for the farm team of the Brooklyn Dodgers and for local community teams including the Tyler Aces. He was part of the team that competed in the Wichita Kansas Tournament in 1952. He later played softball for local community teams including the Williamstown Police Department. Milt ran and finished the Boston Marathon in 1969. Milt also enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren as well as his Uncle Merritt Chapman.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to Bayada Hospice Services and the staff at Fillmore Pond for their loving and comforting care of Milt and family during his illness.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Ann Gardner of Bennington; three daughters, Margaret Blake of Williamstown, MA, Marcia Gardner of Bennington and Bangor, ME, Melissa Pratt of Bennington; two sons, Milton Gardner Jr. of Pownal and Mark Gardner of Shaftsbury; eleven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

At Mr. Gardner’s request private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown, MA at a later date.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Milton Gardner’s memory may be made to BAYADA Hospice through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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kristi bart

Posted at 08:35pm
We only crossed paths a handful of times & I will continue to remember the kindness he showed me....
My condolences to all his loved ones....

Joyce Geranis

Posted at 01:16pm
Our condolences to the Gardner family. May the love and strength of family together with fond memories sustain you at this difficult time. Joyce & Patrick Geranis

Cyn Woodward Posted at 05:38pm

The obituary for Milton Gardner listed many accomplishments throughout his life. His greatest accomplishments, however, were his children. My heart-felt condolences to each and every one of you and, of course, to your mom as well. .Sincerely, Cyn Woodward.

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