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Appley, Gardner

February 26th, 2010

Appley, gardner

Gardner H. “Unkie” Appley, age 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 26, 2010, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Somerville, MA on August 30, 1919, Gardner was the son of the late Josiah and Ella (Perkins) Appley.

Gardner joined the United States Navy, entering into active service on January 3, 1944. He served on the U.S.S. Wilmarth in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and the Philippines as a Torpedoman’s Mate. Gardner received the WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with 4-stars, and the Philippine Liberation with 1-star for his service and was honorably discharged on March 19, 1946.

He was a mechanic for the Ford Motor Company for many years and always loved working on old cars and tractors. Gardner was very active and loved to hike Mount Washington in New Hampshire sometimes hiking it twice in one day. He also had a great love and respect for animals. His most beloved pets were our Golden Retriever, Molly and Siamese cat, Griffy.

Unkie most enjoyed being with his family and the memories they made, which they will cherish forever. He will be fondly remembered as a man of great wisdom, quick wit, who loved to recite poetry and share words of encouragement. He was a most kind, compassionate man of great character and generosity, always doing for others, and he always had a song to whistle and a kind word for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Gardner was the dear brother of the late Myrtle Zubel and her husband John, he was the special “Unkie” of Cheryl & Jim Diorio of Wilmington, and their daughters Robin & Steven Dyer and Brittany Diorio, Sandra & Scott McKeen of Ashland and their children Kimberly Bilawchuk and Brian McKeen.

Private funeral services were held with military honors.

Memorial donations in Gardner’s name may be made to the MSPCA, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.

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  1. Jamie says:

    Cheryl, Jimmy, Robin, Steve and Brittany;
    Unkie was a happy, caring man with an infectious smile.
    I feel lucky to have known him!!
    Keep the memories and stories going….
    We were sorry to hear of your loss but just know now that you all have a guardian angel watching over you!!
    With Love,
    Jamie and Dave

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