Henry R Gardner was born January 13, 1966. He was the second son of Francis and Dorothy (Iffland) Gardner. Growing up, he spent his time between Waltham and the family’s house on Cape Cod. He enjoyed the outdoors and was active in many sports, such as hiking, bicycling, skiing, and sailing. He was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and participated in many of their programs.
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After the death of his father, Henry and his two brothers took over running the family business, the Frank E. Randall Company. The company made dial indicators for many different purposes and was internationally known for their products. When the business closed, Henry decided to pursue a career change and enrolled at Bentley College in Waltham. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Computer Management Systems in 2007.
While searching for a position that would allow him to use his college degree, Henry started working for the U.S. Post Office as a seasonal employee. After many years, he became a permanent temporary worker. He filled many positions, from working outdoors as a mail carrier to running the large sorting machines in Boston.
After his mother’s death in 2014, Henry stopped working at the Post Office to devote time to finalizing her estate as executor. During this time, he also developed health problems, which prevented him from going back to work.
Henry had a very quiet manner and a wonderful dry sense of humor. He was good at springing a bad pun or one-liner with no warning except a slight grin. He could be talked into playing endless games of Rummy 500 and enjoyed getting together with the family for gaming nights. He had a kind heart, a shy smile, and lots of patience.
Henry passed away at his home in Waltham on April 18, 2019.
Henry is survived by two brothers, a half-sister, four half-brothers, four nieces and two nephews, two great-nephews, and their families.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours at the Brasco Memorial Chapels, 773 Moody St., Waltham, Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 3-5 pm. Parking attendants will be on duty.
In memory of Henry Gardner, the family requests that a donation be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club, 10 City Square, Suite 2, Boston, MA 02129 or via their website Honor / Memorial Gift - Appalachian Mountain Club