Richard L. Gardner, 70, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ passed away on May 1, 2020, in Red Bank, NJ.
Richard was born in Red Bank, NJ on Jan. 6, 1950 to Gerard J. and Ethel A. Gardner. A 1968 Graduate of Middletown H. S.
Rich was an accomplished auto mechanic and lent his expertise as a lead mechanic to several area car dealerships. His love for Chrysler cars never ceased. He had a love of fishing and shared his passion with his children and grandchildren. He was happiest on his boat with the smell of salt in the air. Well known and respected throughout the bayshore fishing industry, 30 plus years a lobsterman, and clammer he remained working on the water as Vice President of the Baymens Cooperative JT White Clam Co.
Richard is predeceased by his parents Gerard and Ethel A. Gardner, brother John Gardner, and his son Michael Gardner.
Rich is survived by his wife Theresa Gardner-Crowder, daughter Lynn Gardner, sister Dorothy Ewaskiewich (Richard), daughter-in-law Mary Gardner, Grandchildren Hailey Gardner, Patrick Gardner, Grace Gardner, Ella Gardner, Emma Wade, and a large, loving extended family including Nicole Stiles, Lauren Stiles (Paul Petner), Ciara Hulsizer, Ethel F. Gardner, Alma Crowder, Charles Crowder, and several nieces and nephews. Rich's many friends were lifelong and very dear to him. He was loved by his family and friends and will be missed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Posten-McGinley Funeral Home 59 E. Lincoln Ave. Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
Due to the current pandemic, a private burial will take place at a later date.