George Gardner

George Gardner

Derby, Derby Unitary Authority, Derbyshire, England
Death 23 Mar 1893 (aged 67)
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Burial Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Plot Sect 4 plot 107
Memorial ID 58672270 · View Source
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First superintendent of Oakwood Cemetery, he was associated with the first surveys and the laying out of the grounds. He was present at the dedication in 1859 and was superintendent for over 27 years.
Parents John & Jane Gardner

Syracuse, New York
The Journal newspaper
Thursday, March 23, 1893
Page 4, Column 6

Death of the Ex-Superintendent of Oakwood Cemetery.

After a long illness, George Gardner passed away at his home at East Onondaga at 6:30 this morning. Last fall he was taken ill, and a complication of diseases set in, so that his demise was not wholly unlooked for.

There were few men more widely known in this city than George Gardner, through his long connection with Oakwood cemetery, of which he was the efficient superintendent for a period of twenty-seven years. He was associated from the first with the laying out and surveying of that city of the dead. He was present at the dedication services in 1858, and assisted in digging the grave for the first interment. During his career as superintendent he proved himself to be a faithful, progressive and efficient officer, and was familiar with all the details of the institution. About five years ago he retired to a farm at the Valley.

Mr. Gardner was a native of England, having been born in Derby, April 26th, 1825, being the youngest of ten children, of whom he was the last surviving member. His father was in the English navy, and was on the battleship Victory, under Lord Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar. It was in this fight that the famous English admiral was mortally wounded. In 1846, Mr. Gardner was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Draper, a sister of Mrs. George Draper of this city, who survives. In 1848 they came to this country, and arrived in Syracuse, where for a time the deceased followed his trade as a machinist in the shops of the Syracuse & Utica railroad, and afterwards lived on a locomotive. On the organization of the Oakwood Cemetery association, Mr. Gardner entered its employ, and, as stated above, remained with it until recently.

The funeral will be held at the family residence at the Valley at 1 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, and at the chapel at Oakwood at 2:30 o'clock.

Death caused by Liver issues

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