Walter E. Gardner


Walter E. Gardner, 77, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving children. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth J. (Farrara) Gardner for 39 years.

Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Joseph F. and Ethel C. (Nickerson) Gardner. Mr. Gardner worked at M&M Communications for many years before retiring and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Walter was the beloved father of Christine M. Sarachick (Bud), Buddy E. Lamphere (Tracie) Mitzi E. Fordham (Joe) and Anjanette J. Gardner-Lynch (John); stepfather of Sheri Steward, Lori Dale (Kenneth) and the late Derick Cole; and brother of Joseph Gardner and the late William Gardner, Delores Marino and Ethel Anderson. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to give a special thanks to Hollie, Heidi and Rosemary for their compassion and care given to our father.

His funeral service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 12 noon in Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Chapel, 2435 Warwick Ave., Warwick. Burial with military honors will be in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours are Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Beacon Hospice Carean Amedisys Company, Meadows Professional Office Park, 1130 Ten Rod Road, Suite A205, North Kingstown, RI 02852 would be appreciated. For information and condolences visit


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