Frederick H. Gardner, Jr.

Frederick H. Gardner Jr., 66, of Auburn, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Fred died at his Almond Drive home in the company of his loving family. Born in Potsdam Dec. 14, 1944, he was the son of the late Frederick H. Gardner Sr. and Helen Daggett Gardner. He was a graduate of Union Springs High School and attended Mohawk Valley Community College. He had been employed as the vice president of sales with Coast to Coast Apparel Group of Pennsylvania and received several awards for his expertise in sales throughout his career. Fred enjoyed baseball, basketball, golf and hockey. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan as well as an SU football and basketball fan. He coached in both the local Little League and Babe Ruth leagues. He was a gifted athlete in baseball; as a lefthanded pitcher he was the first pitcher in Union Springs history to pitch a perfect game and two no-hitters back-to-back. He went on to play semipro baseball with the Galt Terriers of Ontario, Canada. Fred is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Julie Ringwood Gardner, his daughter Amy (Chris) Miller, of Camillus, two sons, Frederick H. (Melissa) Gardner III, of Baldwinsville, and Jeffrey Gardner, of Auburn, four grandchildren, Emma, Jack, Grace and Julia Miller, three brothers Dan (Marilla) Gardner, of Union Springs, Tim (Vicki) Gardner, of Virginia, and Marty (Alisa) Gardner, of Genoa, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Fred was predeceased by a niece, Katherine Joy. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at a time to be announced. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Aurora. Friends are invited to call on the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at White Chapel Funeral Home, 197 South St., Auburn. Contributions in memory of Frederick H. Gardner Jr. may be made to either the Roswell Park Thoracic Cancer Care Center, Elm & Carlton streets, Buffalo, NY 14263 or the Fleming No. 1 Fire Department.

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