William H. Gardner "Gards"

July 25, 1951January 7, 2019

GARDNER - William H. January 7, 2019, of Williamsville, NY. Son of the late William and Diane Gardner; “surrogate son” of Micheline Hice; loving brother of Kenneth (Katherine) Gardner; beloved uncle of Lindsay (Daniel) Wright and Hannah Gardner; great-uncle of Adrianna and Scarlett Wright; also survived by cousins and many close friends. Family and Friends are invited to attend visitation on Friday,January 11, 2019, from 6:30-7:30 PM, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life Service at Randall Church, 6301 Main St., Williamsville. Bill was a great lover of family, friends, fishing and funny stories. Please share condolences online at:


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019

William H. Gardner "Gards"

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Izzy Abdallah

January 16, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Bill a kind person with a contagious smile. You will be missed at our office. You stopped in and wished me a Happy New Year just a little over a week ago. Sadly that would be the last time.

Mike DeWein

January 14, 2019

Billy, Gards, I'll Will - Will remember our many adventures, especially in the FJ - Godspeed, Brotherman! Oh Momma Momma!

Chuck Robertson

January 12, 2019 thought I saw you in Rome Italy in 1974...but never got back to see if it was really you. Great sense of humor...remembered from high school. Obviously you touched many lives.

Leslie Kerling Porto

January 11, 2019

Aww Bill , we always think we have enough time to catch up, sadly that didn’t come for us. But I have the best memory of you and I frolicking ( yes he can frolick) around Crystal Beach. What a blast! Looking forward to further adventures up above.

John Tepas

January 11, 2019

Being the Captain of fishing boat that took out RAM and Snooky every Wednesday night and many a Sunday night for a decade along with a couple trips to the Vineyard. I can say I truly miss these guys and the stories they told. Many of them were family related. Bill loved talking about his nephew and nieces and was so excited when his nephew caught his first Musky. Ken was always a beep away, they had some new "cell" phones where they could buzz each other without dialing and Bill was always buzzing Ken to tell him what was up. Duck gave him a hard time about it among other things but it was all in good fun. He was the main character in one of Ducks fishing books ,not many people can say that . Loved to sing along with songs being played, he usually made up his own lyrics but thoroughly enjoyed himself. Bill, Snooky , Aunt Bea , Uncle Bill , Brother ,Gards whatever you called him, was a true friend to all. Tight lines in Heaven my man.....

michael reilly

January 11, 2019

Wonderful human being of GREAT GOOD HUMOR. Never saw him un-happy or negative-ever. Took me to my first concert at the tralf circa 1978. I said I never heard of this band and he replied, "you'll love em". Went to Record Theatre as soon as show ended and I bought every album they had......Asleep at the Wheel, I have been to 30+ AATW concerts since-Thx Willy G. As funny a person as I ever knew and anyone in his company was certain to be smiling at whatever Willie G was saying. Blessed am I to have known him. RIP

Tom Nagowski

January 10, 2019

Bill was a great friend to a vast array of people. He possessed a tremendous wit and lived life to the fullest measure. He leaves a legacy of friendship, generosity, laughter and good times.

George O'Connor

January 10, 2019

GARDS - My very fond memories of the years we spent playing softball for Brunners Tavern always included you. Your sense of humor was unmatched, few people made me laugh as much as you. Just wanted to say I LOVE YA and you will be missed. Times like this I regret living in Florida to miss your services but believe me you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

George O'Connor

David Rich

January 10, 2019

Great picture of Bill which I am sure brought a smile to many faces. Such a good guy! I met Bill when we bought 97 Rock and my office was in a building on Delaware he and Ken managed. Always a laugh, always time for a good story, always great fun to be around. I am so sorry to hear about his passing.the world needs more Bill Gardiners!

Jerry Cappello

January 10, 2019

You were a big part of the great softball memories Brunners vs Munco. There never was a time when I was around you that you didn't make me and everyone laugh.
You will be missed my friend.