Alaskan resident George Gardner, 49, died Aug. 1, 2012 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage due to complications from cancer-related surgery. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in January.
A public celebration of life will be held on Aug. 18 at the Big M Memorial in Wasilla at the Mug-Shot Saloon from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The family is continuing on in their attempt to raise money to pay for medical bills. The family asks that instead of flowers, donations be made to the “Big M” or deposited into Wells Fargo account number 3754991937.
George was born to Leonard “Tiny” Gardner and Annette Gardner on April 13, 1963, in Anchorage. He married Mona in May of 1984 and they quickly turned their family of two into a family of six.
In 1994 when his dad, “Tiny” died, George and his siblings took over the family business and worked hard to continue the success their father had started. His family said George was a hard worker and rarely called in sick, even when later on in life he was going through chemo.
“In 2007, George became a grandfather to a beautiful baby girl, Taylor. He loved her with everything that he was,” said the family. “His face would light up when she came into the room. He was her ‘Super Papa’ and she will always be his ‘Super Taylor.’”
His friends and family said they will always remember what a kind and generous man he was. They said he was always there for his loved ones with words of advice, encouragement, and a sense of humor when needed, and that he had a quick smile and a witty personality.
“He could make you laugh even when you wanted to cry,” the family said. “He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.”
He is survived by his wife, Mona; children, Amber, Stephanie (and husband Jon) Smith, Samantha, and Calvin; Dannie Caswell; brothers, James, Sam, Robert and Ben; sister, Margie; and granddaughter, Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Leonard and his mother Annette.