GARDINER – Harold “Hank” Robert


September 20th, 1929 – February 18th, 2019
Passed away suddenly on Monday, February 18, 2019, at University Hospital in London. His passing caught all that knew him by surprise because when asked how he was feeling lately, his response was “I never felt better in my life.” He was in his 90th year. Predeceased by his mother, Hester, father, Ralph and wife Mary. Survived by his five daughters, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a brother, a sister, many nieces, nephews and everyone’s significant other. Hank was born in Wainright, Alberta and lived for a time in Longview, Alberta. His family moved to Petrolia, Ontario when Hank was a teenager. Hank first ventured north to the NBP when he started hunting with a gang of men and George Caudle in the ‘40s. In the late ‘50s and ‘60s, Hank and his first wife, Velda, and their family started camping at the wooded area near the Singing Sands beach and later on the Willow Creek upstream from the Dorcas Bay Road. In 1967 they bought a vacant lot on Coal Oil Point from Howard Bowman. Hank cleared the lot and built a small cottage with the help of friends. Hank worked as a machinist for Prestolite and Polysar. Just prior to his retirement, Mary and Hank renovated their small cottage into a larger four-season home. They became year-round residents of the NBP in 90’s and active members of the Happy Harbour Club. They eventually moved away from the NBP and back to Sarnia in 2014. Throughout his entire life, Hank was an avid outdoorsman, trapper, fisherman and hunter. Hank might be gone but he will not be soon forgotten by those that knew and loved him. R.I. P. old friend. A private service is planned for a later date.