Keith L. Gardiner, age 66 of Campbell, New York passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.
Keith L. Gardiner, age 66 of Campbell, New York passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. He was born on July 17, 1952 in Bath, NY to Charles and Audrey Gardiner. He married his soulmate, Janet Gross on June 12, 1982. They devoted their lives to each other and she held him while he took his last breath.
Even in death, Janet found that Keith’s legacy of his profound love for her is still continuing.
Keith also devoted his life to helping the community he loved so much. He was a firefighter with over 50 years of volunteer service. He served as past president of the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corp with 30 years of service, a life member of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, past member of Kanona Volunteer Fire Department, current member of Wallace Volunteer Fire Department and most recently the Commissioner of the Campbell Fire District. Keith also worked as a firefighter for the Bath VA Medical Center for 20 years, Rural Metro Ambulance for over 20 years, a dispatcher at the Bath Police Department and as a transporter for Pathways.
In his free time, Keith will be remembered for his loving heart and his caring and giving personality. A fantastic father, always taking the time to talk and listen to his children’s concerns and accomplishments. He was the most precious husband in the world. His eyes were so deep with love that his wife would get lost in them. One of his proudest moments was sitting in a fire class and looking back and seeing his entire family carrying on his legacy.
He adored and loved the NY Yankees, was an avid bowler for many years and fishing and camping with his family. He spent countless hours spending quiet time with Janet, holding hands, watching the world go by.
Keith is survived by his loving wife, Janet; three children: Adam Gardiner of Campbell, Angelina Gardiner of Painted Post, Nicholas Gardiner of Campbell; siblings: Paul (Tina) Gardiner of OH, Richard Gardiner of CA, Arthur Gardiner of Dansville, Bruce (Theresa) Gardiner of FL, Cindy Gardiner of Bath, Michelle (Duane) Hall of Bath; beloved four legged companion, Blaze.
In addition to his parents, Keith was predeceased by siblings, Bonnie Perry and Charles Gardiner.
Even in death, Keith provided for his family.
Family and friends are invited to call at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pulteney St. Corning, NY on Monday, July 22, 2019 from 10 am-1 pm. In honor of Keith’s dedicated service to many of the area’s local communities and fire departments a Firefighter Funeral Service will be held at 1 pm with Pastor Bill McFeaters officiating. A firetruck procession will escort him to his final resting place in Hope Cemetery, Campbell following the service. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at
3 pm at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, 50 E. Morris St., Bath, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Keith’s name may be sent to the Campbell Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 266, Campbell, NY 14821, or Wallace Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 481, Avoca, NY 14809.
Kind words or fond memories of Keith can be offered to his family at www.CarpentersFuneralHome.com.