Sue Gardiner

A photo of Sue Gardiner


Kent Belgian Dutch Canadian Club
34 Byng Ave, Chatham
Saturday April 8, 2023
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

It is with such sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Suzanne Mae (Haydon) Gardiner at Riverview Gardens on Monday March 13, 2023 at the age of 82 years.  She was predeceased by our father Charlie Gardiner in 2019.

Mom and Dad were married for 57 years.  Mom was a strong-willed person and didn’t pull any punches in making her opinions known; not just to Dad but to everyone.  She could argue that day is night or night is day but in the end she was always about love and caring for others.  She and Dad cared and raised us 3 kids; Annette (Mark), Ray and Bill (Jen), always instilling in us the values of family, love and caring, and they encouraged us to be the best that we could be.  We were all heartbroken when Ray passed away in 2016.

Mom was always there for us…through good and bad, she always supported us.  And as many know, her caring did not stop just with her children.  She cared just as much for her many nieces and nephews, her friends and their families and the community at large, even total strangers.  She was involved in Girl Guides, Scouting, Jaycettes/Jaycees and other such organizations over the years.  She and Dad loved their second family at Campers Cove in Wheatley where they were seasonal campers for over 36 years.  They were highly involved in organizing and participating in many camp activities during their many years there and continued to do the same in Bushnell Florida after Dad’s retirement.

Mom lived for her grandchildren Vanessa, Bill (Jr.) and Kate, as well as her Great Grandkids Teagan, Pheobe, Owen, Ryker and Jacob.  She always lit up given the chance to spend time with them.  She was very happy and excited when her little sister Roberta “Bunny” moved back to Chatham as she missed seeing her.

In the last few years Mom suffered from Alzheimer’s and made Riverview Gardens her home.  She was cared for with love and compassion by the staff on 6 West there and our family can’t thank them enough for all they did for her over the past 3 years, especially given all the challenges from COVID.

If you want to do something to remember Mom, do a good deed for someone in your family or your community.  Hug your grandchildren as often as you can, while you can.  And challenge your kids because maybe sometimes day is night and night is day…either way, they’re going to love you for that someday!

A Celebration of Life will take place at the Kent Belgian Dutch Canadian Club, 34 Byng Ave, Chatham on Saturday April 8, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Love you Gigi We all are going to miss you, I wish you were here for a little bit longer we really miss you. Atleast your not in pain no more or suffering from Alzheimer's , thank you for all the great times that we had and all the family events you were their for thank you. Thank you for being their when needed and in bad/rough times you were the best Great Grandma in the world to me and my brothers We all miss you, we all love you with all our hearts Rest in peace Gigi my you have the best life up in Heaven with Papa and everyone!!! Say hi to Papa and Uncle Ray for us please live you Goodbye🙏🏻😞

Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family, Annette and Mark

Dear Mark and Annette and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

my condolence to you Jen and your Gardiner family.

my condolence to you Jen and your Gardiner family.

My condolences to all of Sue's family. Bill and I enjoyed going to many functions with Sue and Charlie. You will be so missed Sue, Rest In Peace as you are now free from an awful disease.

To the family, Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dear Annette, Our deepest condolences to you and Mark and your family! I know how hard it is to loose your mom. She will. Be beside you forever and in your heart. Take good care of yourselves Donna and Gerry

Sending deepest sympathies to the family. Lots of love.

So sorry for your loss. We knew both Chuck and Sue from the Cove. Our condolences to you and the family.

So very sorry for the loss of your Mom.

Thinking of your family and sending our thoughts your way. May memories hold you all close and help fill your hearts.

My sincere condolences Jen and family. May your memories sustain you thru the days ahead. Hugs and prayers.

Annette and Bill and family sorry to hear about your mom's passing. We have alot of fond memories and funny times with her and Uncle Chuck she will be truly missed you are all in our thoughts and prayers and this difficult time R.I.P Aunt Sue

Dear Annette and Bill and Families: Sending condolences following the passing of Your Mother Sue. I have fond memories of the activities We were involved with in Jaycees and Jaycettes. A lot of fun was had in the company of Your Parents. And yes She did have a special personality. Though everyone knew how She felt about many topics but was a hard worker when making albums which earned the Jaycees and Jaycettes over the years. Always remember Her with Love.

Sue....loved her direct and honest way of presenting herself. She was always a breath of fresh air!

I’m so sorry Bunny to hear about the passing of your Sister Sue!

Our condolence to the whole family sue is now with chuck

Condolences to the family. Great memories of your mom and our sister-in-law. She is at peace now with your dad and brother.

Dear family, Sorry for the passing of Sue. We are glad that we got to know her during her camping years. She will be dearly missed by many who knew her. Just know that she will always be with you no matter where you go in life. Hugs. R.I.P Sue, may you spread your wings and fly free.

Love you Grandma!! Becca, myself and the kids will love and miss you always! You taught me many lessons in life! And also let me go learn a lot of lessons the hard way but was always there to help me learn how to brush that dirt off and move foreward! Thank you for everything you crazy old bat! Rest easy Grandma! Love you!

Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Sending hugs and sympathies.