Richard H. Gardner, 94, died at Pen Bay Medical Center March 28, 2020.

He was born Nov. 22, 1925 in Hanover, Mass. to Harold Curtis Gardner and Sarah Eliza Curtis Gardner. Richard grew up in Hanover and attended local schools. He attended the University of Maine in the Forestry Program before serving as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army during WWII. After WWII, Richard went back to the University of Maine and graduated with an engineering degree.

He worked as a mechanical engineer, beginning his career in Cleveland, Ohio, at Cleveland Detroit Diesel. He moved to Connecticut to join Pratt & Whitney, then was moved to Florida to work on the ignition systems for the Apollo missions. After Apollo, he was moved back to Connecticut where he finished his long career with Pratt & Whitney retiring in 1980.

In 1983, he and his wife moved to Maine eventually settling in Cushing. Richard and his wife were active in the town of Cushing. He served as a selectman, volunteer firefighter, and plowed the town roads for many years. He had his lobster license, and enjoyed going out on the water with many of his friends.

He is predeceased by his wife, Norma Maxine Gardner, former town clerk of Cushing who died in 2010.

He is survived by his son, Robert C. Gardner of Haddam, Conn.; daughter Cynthia Gardner of Norwalk, Conn.; grandchildren Richard D. Gardner and Ashley Gardner of Haddam, Conn.

A service to celebrate Richard’s life will be at the convenience of the family, as it was Richards wish he be buried alongside his parents in Hanover Center Cemetery in Hanover, Mass.

Condolences may be shared with the family of Richard’s book of memories at