Bill Gardiner

A photo of Bill Gardiner


A Celebration of Life will be held
at the Rondeau Rod & Gun Club
on Saturday June 1, 2019 from
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

William Wesley Gardiner of Erie Beach passed away peacefully at the Chatham Kent Hospice on Sunday May 5, 2019. He was the son of Gladys (Drury) and the late Percy Gardiner.

Bill was 77 years old when he passed away, 60 of which were spent beside the love of his life Joyce (Locke) Gardiner. Following two years spent becoming best friends, Joyce and Bill were married on September 16, 1961. They became the proud parents of a son Drew Gardiner (Agnes) and a daughter Kelly (Mark Zolkowski). They also became the super proud grandparents of Aidan Gardiner, Konar Gardiner and Indy Zolkowski.

More than anything else in this world Bill loved his family. Beyond that, he loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. Much of his time was spent with his buddies at the “Ponderosa” where lot of good history was written in the “Book of Wiarton”… tales of the great outdoors, long card games, close friends and cold beer… most of all, good memories to look back on when life turned a corner. Lake Erie was his backyard where he spent countless hours fishing, whether it be off a jetty, from his boat Rock Bottom, through a hole cut in the ice on the bay, fun fishing with Chuck or chartering with Butcher-Buoy.

For 53 years, Bill and Joyce have called Erie Beach home. They raised their children there, they made friends there and they appreciated everything that “The Beach” has to offer. In the summer it was hard not to notice the gardens that Bill tended to because they were perfect. He could always be counted on to help the summer residents prepare their homes for opening or to get repairs done before their arrival. A true handyman, he had a knack for restoring anything made of wood or metal to its original glory and his garage was a revolving door – everyone knew that it was the right place to go if they needed a tool or help finishing a project.

He retired after many years of working at Southwestern Regional Centre where he was well liked by all. For many years he would spend a week at a time with the boys there at Scout Camp. He was also a life member of the Rondeau Rod and Gun Club and mentored many girls and boys in the Gun Club Youth Program.

Early morning coffee gossip was a daily ritual which Bill enjoyed with Laird, Don, Ivan, and Scott, being served by Kim.

Bill will be missed by his sisters Donna Richardson (late Bruce), Ruth Francis (late Ron), his brother Wayne Gardiner, his sisters in law Cheryl Gardiner (late Jim), Sandra Gardiner (late Bob) and by Joyce’s brother Reg Locke and wife Mary. Bill was predeceased by his sister Darlene Gardiner.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Rondeau Rod and Gun Club on Saturday June 1, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. His ashes will be divided between places that he loved most in life- the Poderosa, Lake Erie and with his soul mate Joyce. Friends wishing to remember Bill with a memorial donation are asked to consider Chatham-Kent Hospice.

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We are very sorry to hear about Ted he will be greatly missed by everyone.Condolence to you and the family.

Our condolences to the family,good friend and great memories

Sorry to hear of your loss Joyce. Bill was a great person and a good friend and neighbour. I appreciated the help he gave me in distributing some of Jim’s things after he died. He was always willing to give a helping hand and a friendly greeting. “A good man and friend to all”.

Sorry to lose you good neighbour and friend. You were always willing to help when needed and give encouragement with a smile. Rest In Peace you have lived well.

Dear Joyce, I am so sorry for your loss. I believe Bill worked at the SWRC when Wayne did . My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Sincere condolences to you Joyce, Kelly and Drew. May all the wonderful memories you all share help get you through this difficult time.

Joyce so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Jane Hough Haskell

Joyce and family-My sincerest condolences for your loss,as you know I worked directly with Bill during several of my last years at the Centre.He was always a great guy ,a super co-worker,excellent mentor and advisor-never afraid to tell it "like it was,no B.S.".Many good memories!!

my condolence to the Gardiner family. R.I.P.


joyce, we are so sorry about Bill's passing. we just found out tonight [may 10] dick and I will remember a few parties at the rod and gun club as well as at your house. such a great guy. we will see you at the celebration of life. our prayers our with you and your family and may God give you peace and strength to get you through this difficult time. love you bev and dick perrin

Joyce, my sincere condolences to you and your family.

Joyce and family, please accept m sincere condolences on the of Bill, Such a good man, May he Rest in Peace

Our Deepest Sympathy to all Bill,s Family . Jim And Mary Lou Tye

Dear Joyce, Drew and Kelly, My sincere condolences to you in the loss of your dearly loved husband and father. May your happy memories bring comfort to you at this time and in the days ahead.

Joyce & Family..... We are sending our sincere condolences to you & the whole family. May all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Bill & Teddy Rosser,....Jil, Juli, Jodi & Families

My heartfelt condolences, Joyce and family. Thinking of you all at this most difficult time.

My condolences to the Gardiner family. Bill will be remembered as a friendly, fun loving co-worker at SRC and of course, always a gentleman.

My sincere sympathies to the Gardiner family for your loss. You are in my thoughts at this difficult time.

We are so sorry to hear of Bill passing. Our sincere sympathy Joyce & family.

So sorry to hear of Bill passing. Sincere sympathy Joyce and family.

Joyce and family, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Bill always had a great laugh and smile. Share all of the wonderful times and memories you have of your Husband, Dad and Grandpa with each other often.

We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing.I will always remember his smile and the good times we had fishing on Lake Erie.Joyce,you and your family are in our thoughts at this sad time.

Joyce and Family we are sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace. Francis and Karen Sterling

Erie Beach has lost a good neighbor and friend. We will miss seeing Bill’s smile and friendly wave as he took his daily walks. Sending prayers and our deepest sympathy to your family during this difficult time. Frank and Cindy Hicks

Sincere condolences.

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you Joyce, Drew, Kelly and all the family, at this time. Bill was a wonderful man, always helping out around The Beach, or taking the time to have a chat...He will surely be missed.

Our deepest sympathy to you,Joyce and your family ! Bill was one of the nicest guys We have ever met ,I know he will be missed and remembered fondly !

I am so soon Joyce. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joyce my sincere condolences to you and your family. I have known Bill for many years and will definitely miss that devilish smile. He always made me laugh and was a great friend and neighbor during the 43 yrs I lived in Erie Beach. You know now he is at rest and in a peaceful place, no more pain. Take care Joyce cherish the memories you had together.

My deepest condolences to the Gardiner family. Bill was a great guy to be around. He was a very dear friend of my Dad and whenever they got together it was laughs and good times. What I remember fondly of him is he always made time for people and was very patient. He will truly be missed by many. RIP my friend.

We are very sorry to hear about Bill .We are sending our condolences to you and your family.

I am sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. My thoughts go out to you Joyce, Drew and Kelly. I will miss seeing him down at the lake.

Bill was a gentleman ! Very sorry for your loss.

We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Neal is a great friend of yours but I am glad to say we got to know you and love you like family. I've never met your Dad, but knowing how you turned out Drew, he must have been an incredible man. Mum calls you one of her sons and I'm happy to call you one of my brothers! If you need anything, let us know. We are sending prayers your way along with love and support for you all. You're all in our thoughts and prayers.

Joyce and family... so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and left lots of great memories... thoughts and prayers...

Joyce, our condolences to you & family. Going to miss the friendly smile & pipe on board, his memory will live on with the Pro-King spoon named Billy Gardiner (Shrewsbury)

Joyce, Drew & Kelly. We extend our deepest sympathies to each of you. Our loss but heaven's gain. Time passes but memories stay. He will be loved and remembered everyday. Blessings, hugs and prayers.

Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. Our Sincere Sympathy To All.

Joyce, Drew and Kelly, my sincere condolences for you loss.

Joyce, Drew, Kelly and families. You and Erie Beach have lost a wonderful, caring person and neighbour, as Bill was always helping people out . He had a GREAT smile and was always “SO” friendly. May you find comfort in your many precious memories. Thinking of you all. Ted and Brenda.

Joyce, Drew, Kelly and family: We are saddened to hear about Bill’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Love and hugs 💜💜💜

Joyce so sorry to hear of Bills passing. Love sent to all

Sorry to hear your heartbreaking news. Sympathy from both Ed and I. Will be thinking of you. Take care Joyce.....

Joyce and family, Thinking of you all! He always made me smile. Gods peace. Kathy, John and Jack Noble

I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing! My prayers and condolences to Joyce & family & all their friends! Bill will be greatly missed but we will always remember & cherish the time we got to share while he was with us!

I have some very fond memories of Bill. From my hanging out with my Dad at those Scout camps with the "kids" from SRC. Then when I started at SRC I would get his check and him getting my check, sometimes it was good for him or good for me, we could laugh about it each time. He was a very nice to me each time we met and greeted with a firm handshake. Thoughts go out to Joyce and the rest of the family.

Joyce, so sorry to hear about Bills passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ray.

It was so sad to hear of Bill's passing. We extend sincere condolences to Joyce , Drew & Kelly and the whole family and his friends. May God comfort you all and give you peace.

My condolences to Bill`s family and friends. He was a great mentor to me back when i was in the Rod&Gun Clubs Youth Group. Great memories. Rest Easy Bill.......Rusty

Joyce and family, So sorry for your loss, Billy will certainly be missed by all that knew him.

Joyce, I’m sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids.

Heartfelt condolences Joyce, Drew, Kelly and families. He was the salt of the earth kind of guy who would do anything for you and, if by chance, you were actually able to help him out in some small way he always had a package of fish to give you in thanks. He is fishing now with the angels.

My sincere condolences to you Joyce and your Family

Joyce and Family.... I am so sorry for your loss and our loss too.. We are sure he has gone home to help all the hunters and fishermen. He will be missed but his spirit will live on. Your husband .father and grandfather has left his mark in this world.Your memories will sustain you through the coming days. Hugs and love to you all.

A wonderful man . He lived a great loved life by all he knew . Praying for you all . Hugs and love .

Joyce and family My sincerest condolences on your loss. He will be missed by many in the community.

Joyce Drew Kelly & families So very sorry to hear of Bills passing. He will be truly missed by so many. He always had a smile & huge hug for me anytime we met. Sending our condolences and prayers.

I am so very sorry Joyce and your lovely family, for the loss of your rock. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.❤

19401 Cleveland St. Cedar Springs, Ontario Joyce and Family. We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing but he is in a better place and no pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

We are very sorry for your loss. We will miss running into Bill on Saturday mornings at the yard sales. He always had such a friendly smile and cheerful greeting. our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.