Clinton “Peanut” Gardner, Sr
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East Machias - Peanut passed away at home peacefully on January 28, 2021, at the age of 91 with family by his side. He was born in East Machias on October 19, 1929. He graduated from Washington Academy in 1946 and began working full time at Archibald’s where he became the owner/operator in 1978. Some of his many accomplishments include being a part of the East Machias Volunteer Fire Department starting in 1946, where he later served as chief for over 30 years. In addition to this, he was Town Fire Warden, Tax Collector, and Treasurer at WA for over 20 years,and to have the new tennis courts named in his honor. He was always there for anyone day or night and was the town “go to guy”, even if he had to get up in the middle of the night to help someone who had run out of gas. His love and pride for the town of East Machias and residents was evident in the many roles he played during his life long residency. He was a hard worker who spent every day and endless hours doing for others and providing for his family.
Peanut could always be found at the WA basketball games including the Bangor Auditorium tournaments. He could also be seen in his many modes of transportation including his Ford trucks, green Model T, “Big Job”, tractor, 4-wheeler, and his side-by-side. Peanut enjoyed the little things like spending time with family, the Red Sox, fishing, and riding on the trails. You could still see him coming down the hill to get the paper and coffee, even in his last few months. He was the best Husband, Dad, Grampy, Bampy, Bamp, and we will miss his smile, his giggle, his unending patience, wise words and Thanksgiving day gravy. He was the solid rock of the family who could be relied upon for anything, we always knew he was there for whatever we needed.His greatest joy was his family and being home, and in the end that was all he wanted.
Peanut will be greatly missed by his wife, Mary, of 66 years, his daughter Patty Snowdeal and husband Peter, his son Jack Gardner and wife Kathy, his daughter Brenda Porter and husband Kristan, grandchildren Jennifer and husband Rick Wickett, great-grandchildren Jason, Rachel and Jordan, grandchildren Clint & wife Liz Gardner, great-granddaughter Rowyn, granddaughter Mia Gardner, grandchildren Whitney, Ashley and Brandon Porter, as well as his sister Norma Cammarata of Ocala, Florida.
He is predeceased by granddaughter Angel Lee Gardner & grandson Jason Ackley.
His family is grateful for the exceptional care he received at Sunrise County Dialysis in Eastport and Down East Hospice.
Services will be announced at a later date in the spring/summer . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the East Machias Fire Department, PO Box 209 East Machias,ME 04630
Arrangements are in care of McClure Family Funeral Services, Machias. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Gardner Family at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com