Richard Churchill Gardner

February 12, 1941August 1, 2018
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Richard Churchill Gardner, 77, of Spring Lake Heights, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Born in Newark, NJ, “Dick” was a life-long resident of Spring Lake and Manasquan. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and devoted servant to his church and community. He was known to friends and family as a real “character” and was always ready with a joke.

Dick was a graduate of Manasquan High School, attended Monmouth College and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Reserves. He was an Independent Insurance Agent first with the Danskin Agency and then Connelly-Campion-Wright Insurance, Belmar. Dick’s tireless service to the community spanned countless organizations. During his time as a Spring Lake Town Councilman, he organized the inaugural Spring Lake 5 Mile Run in 1977. As Monmouth County 200 Club President, Dick led the initiative to provide defibrillators in all county police vehicles saving countless lives. He also served as President of the Manasquan Kiwanis Club.

Dick most enjoyed time on his boat “The Deductible”; fishing out of the Manasquan River Inlet. He adored his 5 grandchildren, especially taking them for boat rides and hosting them at the “condo” in Palm Beach Shores, FL. Other joys included rooting for the NY Jets & NY Yankees and golfing.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Richard Gardner. Dick is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Susan Gardner (nee Kisner), Spring Lake Heights; Daughter, Liz Boulware (Scott) Charlotte, NC and grandchildren Camille (17) and Marin (15). Daughter, Karen Laughlin, (Chris) Annandale VA. and grandchildren, Tyler (13), Sadie (12), and Bridget (7). He is also survived by his 2 sisters, Hope Sanborn Wall Twp and Margaret Gravender (Michael) Charlotte NC; 1 niece; and 4 nephews.

Relatives and Friends are invited to visit from 4 to 8 on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the Neary- Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South St. Manasquan, NJ. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 11am at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 907 4th Ave. Spring Lake, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Andrews United Methodist Church.


  • St. Andrew's United Methodist Church


  • Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 6, 2018

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Barbara Gwynne Scott

August 31, 2018

Dear Susie, This is my second attempt - wrote a message but I don't think it went through! I was so sorry to learn of Dick's passing - I didn't know until today. Dick and I were childhood buddies - I have wonderful memories of those times especially Dick's antics at the North End Pavilion beach. He would "wear" a towel filled with sand - had the adults in stitches. He and his pals always showed up at our house on Pennsylvania Ave. just as the groceries were delivered from Jiggs and Eddie's. Or course my mother made sandwiches for all of them. After school our gang hung out at the lake - roller skating in the fall, playing with a row boat, ice skating in the winter. Grand times. I have thought of you often and wish you well. Very fondly, Barb (B.G.)

George Dunn

August 5, 2018

When Dick retired a few years ago, the insurance industry suffered a loss. Now his family and circle of friends have suffered a deeper loss.

It is redundant to say that he was a good friend and a really class act, but he was. While I haven;t seen him since he spent most of his time in Florida, we kept in touch by email.

As long as he can go boating and golfing in heaven he should be fine.

Good bye friend.

God speed.

Ellen Whitaker Pettigrew

August 4, 2018

Fond memoriesof Spring Lake Grammar School class of 1955. Sad to lose a classmate. Deepest condolences to the family.

Ken Curtis

August 3, 2018

Dick and I worked together for 20 years and friends for over 40 years. Dick was a character, said with a smile, because he was so often the source of a smile, and a laugh. But I also had the privilege of knowing the Dick Gardner OF character. A man of faith, proud veteran of the America he loved, passionate advocate for the welfare of his insurance clients, loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother. In good deeds along the way and in shared stories of his family Dick revealed a great depth of character. Tremendously generous giving so much time to so many organizations and charities. Dick was a loyal foot soldier and leader for the many that he served. May the memories of a special man provide comfort to Sue, Liz, Karen and families. So sorry for your loss.
ken curtis

Nancy Ullrich

August 2, 2018

Spring Lake Grammar school first grade through eighth Class of 1955. Then on to MHS. I remember. So sorry for you loss, Sue and family.