Alfred L. Gardiner
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North Andover - Alfred L Gardiner, 96, of North Andover, Massachusetts, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019, at the Bedford VA Hospital surrounded by his family. Alfred was born October 11, 1922, in Lynn, Mass., to Lawrence and Mary Gardyna and was one of six children.
He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Intelligence Service, being stationed in Korea, Okinawa, and the Philippines. After his discharge he married the love of his life Dorothy Mary Dryden, and enrolled in Northeastern University School of Engineering. They settled in North Andover where Alfred proudly designed and built his family home where he lived till passing. He was an avid organic gardener growing much of the family's fruits and vegetables. He was a lifelong believer in self-reliance, sustainability, and living each day to the fullest. A longtime resident of North Andover, Alfred was active in the community participating on Town Committees, St. Michaels Parish, North Andover Boosters Club and Boy Scouts of America. He was a dedicated New England Patriots Fan.
He was a devoted loving father to the five children. He leaves behind his son David; and daughters Mary Foley, Ruth Ploski, Elaine Blackburn, and Judith Hunt and her husband Peter. He also leaves behind his many cherished, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; along with his many loved nieces and nephews and lifelong friends. He will be sadly missed by all.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, Sept. 16, 10 to 11 a.m., at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover, MA. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11:30 a.m. in St. Michael's Church, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA. For online condolences, please visit In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Hospital, 200 Springs St., Bedford, MA 01730.
Published on September 15, 2019


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Joseph P. McEvoy
Sep 20, 2019
Very sorry for your loss. Al was a close friend of my father, John T. McEvoy. They worked together at G. E. My Father passed several years ago, and if he were alive, He would have come to see Al at the funeral home. I also went to school with David when I was young.. Again, Very sorry to hear that Al, passed away.