The Life of Brian D. Gardner


Brian D. Gardner, 63, of Upper Darby, PA, died August 28, 2023 at Vitas Hospice at Methodist Hospital.

Born and raised in Arlington, MA he had been a longtime a resident of Upper Darby. A graduate of Arlington High, Brian served in the U.S. Army during peacetime.  Brian began working as a custodian in Arlington MA and when he settled in Upper Darby, he worked for Marple Newtown Schools for almost 25 years, retiring in 2018. Growing up in Massachusetts, he was an avid Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics fan. His secondary loyalty was to the Eagles and Phillies. Brian met his wife while celebrating their joint Irish heritage and they were married for 26 years. Son of Catherine (Evans) and the late Osborne Gardner, husband of Jean (Clarke) Gardner. He's also brother of Bob (Jennifer), William (Anne Marie) Gardner, Judith Gardner, Marybeth Gardner; brother in law of Ruth (Charles) Pluck also surviving are many nieces and nephews

Service: Funeral Service will be 10:30 AM, Friday, September 1, 2023, at the Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington Cemetery.

Visitation:  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday and 9:30AM Fri at the Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington

Interment: Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Contributions: in his memory to American Cancer Society,1626 Locust St., Phila., Pa 19103 would be preferred

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Cousin Brian

Our dear cousin Brian we will miss you,  We have so many memories growing up of all the fun times with family  enjoying, good times as kids at the Orangemen's Picnic olways the highlight of our summer, many family times at the lake and other get togethers  Brian was always fun luv'in  and full of energy.   When Brian and Jean came to lake he was always lending a helpful hand.   One year he put up our Flag pole at the waters edge engraved his initials BDG he was so proud.  When we see the flag waving beautiful in the breeze we think of Brian.   To our cuz we will place a sign under the porch overlooking the lake which was his favorite spot. We will miss his calls as he would say "hey Cuz" how you girls do'in.  We gave love and support through his difficult battle with cancer.  He was a strong fighter.  You are now at peace with the lord and family and friends who have gone before.  Our sympathy to Jean.  Rest in peace  Love your cousins Elizabeth, Priscilla and Alyce. 

Posted by Priscilla G on 08/31/2023

Uncle Brian

Uncle I am so saddened about you being gone I will forever miss all the memories we shared as a family. Your memory will forever live on and I will make sure my kids always know who uncle Bri was. I love you more than you know. You had a long hard fight and your finally at peace I hope dad and papa met you at them pearly gates my heart is so broken. I love you forever ❤️ please save a spot for me up there I'll be waiting heaven sure does has the most caring guys up there. I love you 

Posted by Michaela G on 09/01/2023