Albert Lesley Gardner Jr., 91, of Hagerstown, MD passed away peacefully at home on July 5, 2019.
He was born on August 13, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Albert Lesley Gardner and Helen Marie Bates. He was preceded in death by his first wife Betty Nuckels Gardner Their; sister, Kristin Gardner and cousin, Isola C. Sherrerd.
Al is survived by his sons, Blair Lesley Gardner, John Todd Gardner and daughter Kristin Gardner Holden and her husband Jack, granddaughters, Ashley Holden Hammond, Jennifer Holden Messaros, Jessie Gardner, great-grandsons, John and Dante Pennesi, great-granddaughter, Vera Messaros as well as one brother, Thomas George Gardner.
Al graduated from Charlotte Hall Military Academy and was honorably discharged from the U. S. Army after two years of service. He attended Washington and Lee University. He worked at Fairchild Aircraft for 10 years and Mack Trucks, Inc. for 23 years. Al was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown for 80 years where he had served as a deacon and member of the choir. He was a former member of Hagerstown Assembly Club, Fountain Head Country Club and the Hagerstown Kiwanis. Al enjoyed the time spent reading to children at the former Surrey Child Care Center for over 20 years.
Al participated in 119 theatre productions beginning in the 1950s up through 2019 including Potomac Playmakers, Washington County Playhouse, Way-Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and Totem Pole Playhouse and his final appearance this past April in the play "Fools."
Renowned Washington County golfer having 12 recorded holes in one, winning over 50 championships to his credit including Fountainhead Country Club Championship 10 times; Fountainhead Country Club President Cup Winner; 1955-1960 and 1963; Washington County Amateur Champion 1963 and 1967; Annapolis Amateur Champion, 1967; Penn National Club Champion, 1969; Beaver Creek Country Club Senior Champion four times; Washington County Senior Championship 1992 at Black Rock. Al teamed with son Blair in 1990 to win Middle Atlantic Golf Associations Father-Son Championship. Al belonged to Beaver Country Club and still was a member of the "Walking Gang."
The family would like to thank Hospice of Washington County for their support and care of Al and his family.
The family will receive friends at Rest Haven Funeral Home, 1601 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown, MD on Thursday, July 11 from 6PM to 8PM. The funeral will take place Friday, July 12 at Rest Haven at 10AM. A memorial celebration will be held at Beaver Creek Country Club on Friday, July 12 at 5PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Potomac Playmakers, 17303 W. Washington St. Hagerstown, MD 21740.