Dr. Paul Gardiner

April 28, 1948 to October 1, 2022


Passed away with his family at his side, at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital on Saturday, October 1, 2022, Paul Gardiner, at the age of 74.  Predeceased by his parents James and Gertrude Gardiner.  Left with a lifetime of love, support and example of honour and humility, are his children Mark, Amanda (Ryan Armstrong), Stefanie (Adam Groves) and their mother Donna; grandchildren Jacob, Amelia, Gwyn Armstrong, Alex, and Sara Groves, his loving and devoted partner Susan Pye (Shane and Anna), sister Brenda (John Gardner) and nieces Jane and Clare (Kalo). 

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and thanks to the doctors and nurses of St. Clare’s 6 East, Paul’s second home for 35 years, as well to Drs. Joy McCarthy, Jonathan Greenland, Scott Moffatt, and M.J. Thava, and nurse practitioner and dear friend Cynthia Kettle, as well as so many others who provided compassionate care and support. 

The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Tuesday, October 4 from 2-8 p.m.  Funeral service will be held from St. Teresa’s Parish on Wednesday, October 5 at 11:30 a.m.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Rick Morris Bursary at Memorial University https://mun.ca/give/give-online or to Stella’s Circle.  


Paul, we have been proud to know you, proud to love you and proud to receive your love in return. We say goodbye to you with sadness but with acceptance that you had a life well lived, well loved and well honoured. We will always carry a piece of you in our hearts. Thank you for being you and may you rest in peace, Dad, Granddad, Brother and Friend. We love you dad forever and always.




2-8 p.m. on October 4, 2022

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:30am, Wednesday October 5th

St. Teresa's Parish
120 Mundy Pond Rd, St. John's


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My condolences to his family and loved ones

My deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Paul Gardiner.
Today I learned of Paul’s passing while I was visiting my friends whom I haven’t seen for many years. For some reason as we were reminiscing, Paul’s name was mentioned.. I met Paul at the old General Hospital when he was a resident there., and have never forgotten him. He was such a kind, caring, humble person.. I am truly sorry for your loss.

I’m really late getting this to you as I just found out by online media. Your Dad saw me at Avalon Dental for many years up to my leaving that practice in 2020. I loved seeing him and taking care of his oral health. He is such a genuine human being. He will always hold a special place in my heart. I know how much he loved his family, wine and golf!. FORE!!!!!!

I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing.
We were next door neighbours when Paul and family lived on Bonnycastle Crescent. He was a true gentleman.
A number of years ago, Paul helped me navigate through some serious medical issues for which I am truly grateful.

My sincere condolences.

My condolences to Dr Gardiner’s family!
He was my preceptor in my first year of training and taught all of us residents in a kind nurturing way.
We admired his mastery of surgery, be it his unrushed careful handling of tissue or his elegant precise wording of any situation.
A life well lived but much too short.

Judith Roger

Very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. We was a fine man and will be missed by all who knew him and had the privilege of spending time in his company..

My sincere condolences.


Donna, Mark, Amanda ,Stephanie,
I am so sorry to hear the news of Paul’s passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sending my deepest condolences,

Susan and Family ,
We are so sorry to hear of Paul ‘s passing .
Your many wonderful memories will get you through this difficult time . Our deepest sympathy ,
Fraser and Yvonne Lush

To: The Gardiner Family , We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
Dr. Gardnier touched my family when I was 49 and we figured that my life was over. His professionalism and humility carried us through the terrible times with hopes of better days to come. He worked like he had an extended family an truly cared. I do remember a time when he was jogging around the lake a few years later
When we had our trailer parked at the lake he went out of his way to drop by and offer a hello.. something i will never forget. Our deepest sympathy to you all at this time i know he will be truly missed.

My sincere condolences to the family and Susan.

Paul was a colleague and friend of my father and he and I became friends through wine tastings over the last twenty years.

Paul was such a gracious and kind man. I will miss his calm demeanor, warmth and sense of perspective. He would often say with a smile at wine tastings – “.there are worse things that we could be doing!”. And he never failed to thank the host for serving each wine.

It was a privilege to have known Paul. We are all the richer for it. You will be missed.

Paul was a great and fine man. I was both humbled and proud to know him.

To Susan and all the family. My deepest sympathy to you at this time of sorrow. My thoughts are with you.
Susan MacLeod

Donna, Amanda, Stephanie, Mark and Susan:

We are so sorry to hear that Paul has passed. He was the gentleman that we all strive to be and we only hope that the wonderful memories you all must have will help you through this difficult time.

October 7, 2022 : I knew Paul since grade 9 in high school. Then I was a good friend throughout university then medical school. He was a wonderful doctor who truly gave his patients plenty of time, explanations and great medical care. I knew that he was I’ll but I was lucky enough over the years to meet him when I returned from Ontario to Newfoundland for many summers. He once visited me in Alliston Ontario. He was extremely supportive to my wife Diana Omylanowski and myself when we lost our son Michael 10 years ago. Diana and I will miss him but always remember him well. He had a large circle of friends and was an excellent Dad. I only remember meeting Amanda when she was an early adolescent. Thank you. Richard Simms MD, FRCS ( obs gyn ) : rsimms555@icloud.com and cell text 705-717-2370.

My deepest condolences. I was fortunate to have worked and learned from Dr Gardiner when I was a surgical resident. He was a very kind man. May you Rest In Peace Dr Gardiner.

I’m so sorry to hear of Dr..Gardiner’s passing..I still can’t believe it..I was a Patent of his. He was such a caring person.He tried to make me understand why I should have my operation , explaining in detail in the Dr.Gardiner caring way. .My thoughts and prayers go out to his family …God Bless…..

Amanda, Stephanie and Mark,

I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Dr. Gardiner was such a kind man. He helped so many people, and yet still showed such devotion and love for his children. I even benefited from some of the lessons he taught you, as Amanda passed them onto me in an intimate conversation once or twice. One I remember, especially well, was about the importance of kindness and being remembered for how you treat people and how you make them feel rather than other accomplishments like academics. It is a lesson I cherish and one I will pass on to my children.

I hope the sharpest and most hollow of the days of grief pass quickly and that you remember that you have each other to get through them. You and your mother, Paula, are all in my prayers .

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a great man. I spent a lot of my youth with the Gardiner family and was always treated so well. I know the love and admiration his family had for him.

May he Rest In Peace.

Our condolences are sincerely extended to Susan, Shane and Anna as well as to the Gardiner family.
Our thoughts are with you.

John Abbott & Colleen Hanrahan

Brenda & family,
Heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Paul.
He truly was “One of a kind”.
Helena Gough

Condolences to Paul’s family.
Paul practised general surgery at the Grace when I started there in 1986. I admired his determination to do his thoracic subspecialty, which meant leaving a permanent position to train away from home. That took a lot of courage and determination. When the Grace closed, and I moved to St. Clare’s, I had the pleasure of working with him in that role as pre-eminent thoracic surgeon. We shared the same neighbourhood – Forest Road, and he was always very proud of where he grew up. As a colleague, he was always professional, calm under emergency situations, skilled at what he did, thoughtful of his staff and kind to his patients. We have lost a good man.

Michael Bautista – anesthesiologist at St. Clare’s

Susan, Shane and Anna, I am so truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

We were so saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. Heartfelt condolences for the entire Gardiner. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Our condolences to Paul’s family. He was a pleasure to be around and a wonderful neighbour. He will be dearly missed.

My deepest condolences on Pauls passing. . God bless his gentle soul.

We were very saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. Sincere Condolences to Paul’s Family . He was an awesome neighbour , always a smile on his face. He will be missed by many

My condolences to Amanda and family and Susan and family. Paul was always kind to me.

Brenda, John and family. Sending our sincere condolences on the passing of your brother . While I didn’t know Paul, I do remember you fondly speaking about him with much pride and love when we worked together at St. Paul’s . I hope you find some peace and comfort in your special memories that you shared with each other. Thinking about you at this very sad time. Hugs from Helen and John 💕

I’m really saddened to learn of Paul’s passing, , he was such a wonderful person . I worked in healthcare for many years and first met Paul when he was a surgical resident. Over the years I ran into him on numerous occasions and he always had time to chat and share a laugh . My sincere condolences to his family and all those whose lives he touched with his compassion and love.

Amanda and family, we are so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. A great man taken way too soon! Our sincere condolences to the family.

Sylvia and Vin

Dear Brenda, John, and Family: Very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I knew Paul from “the road” of course but also through high school. I recall meeting him a few years back and having the opportunity to introduce my husband, Robert. As always, he was warm, considerate, and welcoming. He will be missed dearly by family, friends and colleagues.

Warmest regards

Bill Byrd
Toronto, ON

My heartfelt condolences going out to his family! He was a very sweet gentle very genuine man ! I can honestly say he was one of the best and he will be missed !! He was loved by all who knew him !! Rest easy Dr.Gardiner ♥️

Dr. Gardiner always treated me with respect and kindness since being a very young nurse. We had associations through the ER, Recovery Room and Day surgery Depts. Thank you for your kindness. Rest In Peace .

I’m so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I will remember him for his generosity, gentleness and sense of humour. My condolences to his family’, particularly Susan.

Paul and I worked together many years at the Grace and St Clare’s. We have lost a fine man and a fine physician. His years of practice exemplified the true calling of a physician to practice with skill, care and compassion for the whole patient.
My condolences to the family .
Rest in peace.
Michael Furlong


You were my friend


It is with Sadness that I hear that Paul has passed away. We were friends during high School and the years afterwards. I had many a meal at his mom’s and Dad’s home. I live in Richmond hill Ontario and when visiting St. John’s I was fortunate to see Paul periodically and we would catch up and also speak of the fun we had when we grew up. He was the best friend to me and I to him. Paul was a good man, a man of integrity, great sense of humour. a loyal friend, and always open too many new adventures. I wish all those who loved Paul throughout his life my sincere condolences as he was a great person. Remembering him with the fondest of memories.

It was so sad to hear of Paul’s passing. His kind, gentle presence will certainly be missed. He was always so warm and kind, taking interesting in everything we were up to. I will cherish the times I got to know him through my parents over the years and the trip he joined to Ireland back in 2016.

Much love to you. Keep the memories close to your hearts and minds in the days ahead.

To the Gardiner family, my condolences. Boyd

Paul was a gentle man, great friend and outstanding surgeon. Newfoundland and Labrador was blessed to have had such a meticulous caring thoracic surgeon. for >30 years.
His beautiful children, the pride of his life, were blessed by the example of a life well lived.
In over 50 years of friendship I have never heard him say a harsh or unkind word about anyone. His many friends were blessed by his company, his wide and varied interests and quiet sense of humour.
I was blessed to have had such a friend.
Rest In Peace Paul. I will miss you forever..

So sorry for your loss – a man gone all too soon . I was lucky to know Paul from high school on as a friend , cohort and athlete ! He was always courteous and would not say a word in anger about anyone .He was dedicated to his family and profession and my life was enriched every time we’re together . Rest In Peace , dear boy .

I met Paul in 1962 as a student at Gonzaga High School.. While not having a close friendship with him over the years, we did meet on a number of occasions and he remained the same humble and considerate person I had known. The condolences posted on this site are indeed a tribute to Paul as a father, doctor and a person.
My sincere condolences to the extended Gardiner family. Rest In peace Paul..

Doug and I are deeply saddened to hear of Pauls recent death. Unfortunately due to Dougs physical limitations we are unable to attend the wake or the funeral. As has been noted many times Paul was an outstanding surgeon and most of all a very kind person in every way! As a Family Physician in a rural practice Doug had no problems in referring his patients to Paul and knowing they would receive the very best of care. To his family and all who loved him we both extend our deepest sympathy. He will be missed! Doug & Jean Crosbie

We were shocked and saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. Paul was such a kind and wonderful soul. Every time someone talked about him It would make me smile. He so loved his Forest Road roots and would talk about it when I saw him. He will certainly be missed. My condolences to Paul’s family and Brenda, John.
Michelle (Martin) and Derek Winsor

Sorry to hear of Paul’s passing Susan. My thoughts are prayers are with you, Shane and Anna and all of Paul’s family and friends. Cherish and hold close all those precious memories. They will help you get through the difficult times.

I grew up across the street from Paul and I have only good memories of him and his sister Brenda. He was older than me so I didn’t know him well in those days but I’ll always remember the dashing older boy rushing from his house in tennis whites. In recent times I would run into him walking around QV lake and or on Forest Rd. He was so lovely and warm to talk to and I always felt it was a gift to see him. My sincere condolences to Brenda and his son and daughters and all of his family and friends. Reading some of these messages you can see he will be dearly missed..

To Brenda and the Gardiner family,
Ruth and I extend our deepest condolences to you and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Paul was a wonderful person and we will truly miss him.
Ruth and Bruce Tilley

To Paul’s family. I am sorry for your loss. Paul and I were childhood friends and bumped into each other every now and then. I will miss him

Sorry to hear of Pauls passing,he done successful sergery on me 2014.Good man to talk and joke with

Paul was a good friend when we played both squash and tennis together several years ago. We enjoyed a friendly rivalry in the best sense of that term. He was one of my favourite people to play with–for his honour and humility as noted in his fine obituary. Although we went our separate ways in recent years, Ii still think of Paul as a friend. Condolences to his family and friends

Condolences to all Dr. Gardiner’s family & friends at this sad time. Dr. Gardiner was a wonderful, kind , caring Dr. whom I had the pleasure of working with on 6 East. He always had a wonderful smile to greet you & a gentle voice. He was one of the best & will be greatly missed. God bless you all.

St Clare’s Endoscopy staff, we all have fond memories of Dr Gardiner. Friday AM was his time slot. He would come in and do he’s cases, grab a few cookies( loved his sweets, esp good old fudge) Always soft spoken and he loved teaching the new staff. We were sad to hear of his passing. RIP Dr Gardiner

My sincere condolences to Drs Gardiner’s family on his passing . I had the privilege of working with Dr Gardiner on 6 East St Clares for 19 years then at Recovery Room St. Clares for several years .. He was a respected and excellent thoracic surgeon and we were so fortunate to have him to provide his excellent care to his pts and his knowledge to us Nurses and his colleagues.over the years . He was a true gentleman, always took the to stop and chat and was genuinely interested in each and everyone . I am fortunate to have known him and he will be remembered and missed . May he Rest In Peace

Sorry for your families lost I worked SCMH , busy Surgeon , attentive to his patients.
Later meet again at Let’s make a Choir saddened to hear this news , yesterday. Life is definately short and passes too fast …take care cherish your memories

To Donna and Family. We would like to express our heartfelt condolences. We wish you comfort in your memories. by Marilyn, John and Jane Udell

Amanda, Stef, Mark, and Donna
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you all a big hug from Calgary.

Heartfelt Condolences to The Gardiner family. Paul was a beautiful ,caring ,compassionate gentleman. You couldn’t ask for a better neighbour and friend. We Will miss your Warm and welcoming smile. Rest In Peace Paul….Wayne and Heather Sharpe

Looking at the remarks made by so many people go to show the enormous respect and loss that everyone feels at Paul’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences on the death of such a lovely person. Our paths didn’t cross very often over the years, but when they did, he always had a kind word to say and to ask of my family. RIP, Paul.

Very surprised to hear of Paul’s death. He operated on me 37 years ago at the Grace Hospital. He spent much more time filling me in on the many details of the operation than the operation itself. My deepest condolences to all his family.

Being a patient of Dr.Gardiner im certain that there can never be another replace rhis wonderful person .Very gentle and such a caring individual .Rest in peace as you enter into your heavenly home.🙏🙏🙏

Our hearts are heavy with sadness at Paul’s passing. Wayne knew Paul before me and I came to know him working with/for him at the Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Centre (now the Cancer Care Program, Eastern Health) where we bonded talking about our children life and work. Paul
loved you, his family,, so very much. We are unable to be there this week to pay our respects and say good-bye but please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere sympathy. RIP Paul ❤️

Donna and family…..so so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing.. He was such a kind and gentle spirit and a pure pleasure to be around.. Life just makes no sense sometimes but maybe, just maybe, we”ll understand “why” someday! Take care , God bless, and treasure his life, his service to others, and the memories!

I was fortunate to be patient of Dr. Gardener in January 2017. He was a caring, kind and compassionate physician . He always took his time with his patients..
My deepest condolences to his family . May he Rest In Peace.
Clare Sikorsky, Ottawa, Ontario

Our hearts are filled with sadness at Paul’s passing. Wayne knew Paul before me and I came to know Paul working with/for him at the Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Centre (now Cancer Care Program, Eastern Health) where we bonded talking about our children, life and work.. He loved his family so very much. Our hearts are also heavy knowing we won’t be there this week to pay our respects and say goodbye to him but please know you, his family, are in our thoughts and prayers. RIP dear friend 😘

As a a very junior surgery intern on the thoracics service, I learned many things from Dr. Gardiner. He helped show me the importance of both skilled hands and a kind heart in a surgeon.

My condolences on your loss.

I will always remember Paul, my Godfather, as a sincere and gentle person. The last time I spoke with him was when we just happened to be seated together on an Air Canada flight. It was just a lucky thing – Paul listened with such patience and genuine interest as I caught him up on where my life and career was going at that time.
He was a special person.
My sympathies to you all.
Monica Cameron

Brenda, John and family
We are shocked to hear of Paul’’s passing. He was a true gentleman and I know how deeply you will miss him, Brenda. Sincere and deepest condolences.

Barb and Gerry Shortall

Dear Donna, Mark, Amanda and Stefanie, it is with heartfelt sympathy for you that I wish to express my condolences during this sad time. I wish you comfort in your memories of happier times and peace in knowing that Paul is at rest. Paul was a big source of inspiration for me in my choice of career as he introduced me to my first ever experience in an operating room at the tender age of 15. I was able to watch him do an AAA repair and I was absolutely hooked. The rest is history. Paul was an exemplary surgeon, and a dedicated professional, passionate about his craft. He will be missed by many.

Dr Gardiner was such a lovely man. So polite and soft spoken. So kind and respectful to one and all. I will miss the chats we had in my office while reviewing images of his patients at St. Clare’s. Always a gentleman. My sincerest condolences..

To Susan and all Paul’s family
Marie and I were very saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. We became neighbours about 10 years ago and right from the beginning we recognized what and absolutely gem of a person he was … always friendly and helpful no matter what the situation.
He was always calm and thoughtful and never flustered. We extend our most sincere condolences to his family.

Dear Sweet Paul,
Never will we ever meet a more gentle, kind person than our dear friend Paul Gardiner. It has been an honour and a privilege to have known Paul for the past 40 years.
Tony and I spent many hours with Paul, and the boys in their wine tasting group, and we have so many wonderful stories to share. He was a wealth of knowledge in both medicine and the wine world, as well as many other areas, and he loved to share his knowledge. He taught us many wine secrets.

The first time I (Susan) met Paul it was in a surgical theatre, as a Nurse Intern, whereby he immediately took me under his wing and made me his “assistant” for the day! He was just as kind then as he was always.

I had the pleasure of having a great chat with Paul last year after the “Clarenville Classic”. He gave me another piece of valuable advice………”Live every day to your full potential and appreciate those you love because it goes by quickly”. I have remembered those words every day. My heart breaks that it went to quickly for Paul.
Paul will be remembered in our hearts forever and always.
Our love to Amanda, Stephanie and Mark; your father led by example, as we know you will too.

Tony and Susan

Paul was one of the kindest, most humble and caring persons I have ever met.I knew him socially, played tennis together and also as exceptional doctor to my mother when she was dying of cancer.
Paul is one of those people who have truly left this world a better place.His children will be left with a wonderful legacy of human gentleness and kindness.
Karl joins me in sending our deepest sympathy to all his family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lynn and Karl

To the Gardiner Family,
We would like to express our heartfelt condolences on Paul’s passing.
Paul and I became friends when we were classmates at Dalhousie University. When visiting St. John’s, we have seen each other several times. He was always welcoming when he invited us into his home. I remember him as a pleasant, caring man with a quick wit. At a class reunion he introduced us to one of his favourite wines, and we often think of him when we have reason to celebrate with a special bottle. Having read many of the posted condolences, it is obvious Dr. Gardiner was appreciated by many patients, colleagues and other medical professionals who worked with him over the years. As many have said, we remember him as a true gentleman. We are honoured to have known Paul.
May your memories bring you comfort.

Sending my thoughts and condolences to Dr. Gardiner’s family . I worked with him for many years at St. Clare’s and we shared many conversations about care of our patients. Best regards. Judy

Deepest condolences- throughout my career Paul was accessible and quite helpful as a consultant and later a great friend to our family . Will be missed.

Condolences to Dr Gardiner’s family. His compassion and exceptional skill as a surgeon is the reason that many people in our province have a new lease on life .He was more than just a doctor he was a compassionate and caring person, whose brilliance as a surgeon impacted the lives of so many families in our province ours included. Thank you Dr. Gardiner for all you have given to the people of this province. Rest In Peace , your work in this life is more than complete.

Dr. Gardiner, You are now with the God you served so loyally, humbly, with mercy, and compassionately. I will miss your presence at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital as you always had time for a word of hello and how are you Sister? I appreciated your company and your gentle spirit. May you now continue to rest with your Gentle God!

So sorry for you loss.

He was a lovely colleague. Quick to return a call, eager to discuss complicated case, and always understanding.

So sorry to read of Dr. Gardiner’s passing. He was such a caring compassionate doctor who treated my sister some years ago. May he Rest In Peace.

Amanda, Stephanie and Mark….we can’t tell you how sorry we are about your wonderful Dad’s passing….There is no person more wonderful than Paul.
And Susan we also share your loss as we are all fortunate to have shared some of our life with Paul.
Our sincere condolences to the Family and he will be missed by all that knew him.
Chris & Paula

Enjoying good food and wine together over 30 years, I never heard an unkind word from Paul about anyone. He was a gentle, considerate man and a joy to be around. David, Michael, and Christopher join us in fond remembrance and heartfelt condolences to Paul’s family.

To Brenda and all of Paul’s family my deepest sympathy . Paul was a lifelong friend starting with our childhood on Forest Road in the city’s east end. He was one of the best. May he rest in peace.

Jim Byrd, Port Credit, Ontario

Our sincere condolences to all members of Paul’s family at this most sad of times. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues and patients. RIP.

Paul and Barbara Thorburn

To the Gardiner family and Susan

I became a friend of Paul’s when we worked together at the Cancer Center.
His gentility, his compassion and his, across the board respect, for his colleagues, patients and fellow man was apparent in every aspect of his practice and life. I admired him deeply and I share in his loss.
He will be missed..

There are no words to express our sorrow at the loss of such an exceptional man. Paul was a consummate gentleman. He was a gifted physician but he was also an unfailingly kind, generous and compassionate man , always with time for his patients, his friends and for everyone he encountered along his way. His calm and gentle spirit was a balm to many and for this he will always be remembered and sorely missed.
Our deepest condolences go to his beloved family and to all those who loved him.
Farewell dear friend. We will toast your memory with a good bottle of Bordeaux.
Gordie & Eileen MacNab

Amanda and family. We have wonderful memories of your dad being our next door neighbor on Vancouver Street. He always had a story to tell or ask about how we are all doing. His smile would light up the world and his kindness was to always lend a hand. Cherish the memories you have. Hugs from Us.

So sorry to hear of Dr. Gardener’s passing. Deepest condolences to the family.

We are saddened to hear the news of Paul’s passing.. Even though we we have not seen him personally for 20+ years, we regard him as a good friend since 1965. We extend our sincere condolences to the extended family .May he RIP. Time is definitely the most important commodity.
Bob & Rose Nolan

Sometimes words do not do justice for how we feel about someone when they pass. I was lucky enough to know Paul for the last 20 years or so. In that time, he unfailingly showed me what it was like to be a true gentleman. His warmth, friendliness, care and compassion were on full display whenever I was in his company. The world needs more individuals like Paul Gardiner. Rest In Peace my friend. Sincere condolences to all who loved him. .

My deepest sympathy to Paul’s family, colleagues and friends on his passing.. I met Paul when I was in the Trust Company business in the late 80’s. and he was an absolute delight to deal with. He operated on me in 1989 at the Grace and it was through that experience I saw first hand the many other fine qualities he possessed, kindness, compassion and generosity of spirit combined with the talents and skills of an excellent physician. I can say without any hesitation Dr. J. Paul Gardiner was among the finest persons I have ever met. May our God hold Paul gently in eternal peace. Well done good and faithful servant and healer.


My heart goes out to Paul’s family. I met Paul through his beautiful children and am a best friend of his daughter Amanda. I have loved hearing stories from Amanda about her father and the valuable wisdom and life lessons he shared over the years. I was always in awe of how close they were and the immense admiration they shared for one another. It was clear Paul was an incredible person with a big heart (just like his children) and has had a huge impact on everyone he has met. What a legacy he leaves!

So sad to hear of Paul’s passing. He was a wonderful kind compassionate man who was always happy to offer help when needed.
Thinking of the family at this sad time.
Connie & Harold Hayward

To Dr. Gardiner’s family: I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Gardiner’s passing. He was truly a kind & sincere person, always a gentleman, who dearly loved his work & his family. In our many conversations over the past 20 years, he spoke of his children with so much joy & pride. My deepest sympathies to you all & may he rest in peace.

My sincere condolences to Paul’s family. I knew Paul as a true gentleman and a strong squash player who encouraged me both on & off the court. He also had a wonderful sense of humour. Rest in peace Dr. G.

As a VON nurse years ago I cared for many of Dr. Gardner’s patients and spoke with him about their progress. I admired his work greatly and his openness to listening to any concerns I might have.. always respectful.
My condolences to his family.

I was heart broken to learn of Dr Gardners passing.. What a great loss to the health care system! As a nutse, I worked with this kind and gentle man at St Clares for many years. He also cared for several members of my family; most recently my dear sister in law. She would not be alive today if he and Dr Tava had not done her surgery. As a matter of fact, on the morning he died, I called to tell her and she said she had been awake early that moring thinking about him as it was four years that morning when he took her in to do her surgery at St Clares. Later when she had some complications, all it took was a call to him and he had her transferred into St Clares immediately under Dr Tava. The world will not be the same without him. .Most importantly I would like to thank his family for sharing him with us. It can’t be easy having a husband/father so committed to his patients. Rest in peace Dr Gardner

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I am deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Gardiner’s passing. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family. I had the honour of knowing and working with him for several years at St. Clare’s. He was a very kind and gentle man and dedicated surgeon. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace.

Donna I am saddened by the loss of Paul. I have great memories of playing squash with Paul. he was a great competitor. my sincere condolences.

My sincere condolences to the Gardiner family and to Susan for the passing of dear Paul.
He will be greatly missed but his memory will live with us for always.

Majed Khraishi

What a loss for the medical community and for his St Clare’s family !! Dr Gardiner was one of the best !! A friend to all He always remembered your name no matter who you were . I remember one of our switchboard operators telling me this in 1978 and it was still true when I retired . As a nurse you felt so proud to visit a patient with him He always found the time . We are all blessed to have known him and worked with him . To all his family Thank you for sharing him with us and To Cynthia and all the nurses who cared for him this last while Thank you !!
RIP Dr Gardiner

So saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. We knew each other for nearly 60 yrs having met during first year PreMed at Mun. and worked together at St. Clare’s OR for many years. Paul was a fine caring surgeon and a good friend in the workplace. My condolences to all his family and friends.

Paul’s family
So sorry to see that my friend of over 50 years has left the stage of his well lived life. Ever gracious – an infectious personality – just a genuinely nice guy in all aspects of his life.
Paul Gardiner cared about his family – patients and friends – in his day and generation he made a difference to many on the road of his life.
Sincere condolences to all who mourn his passing
He is now at rest and may that rest be in peace
Godspeed Paul.

Heartfelt condolences to one of my most cherished teachers, and colleague Rest in peace,
Ralph George

Susan and family,
We are mourning the loss of a truly wonderful human and send you our sympathy. Paul was so brilliant in so many ways and he leaves behind many people who are grateful for the opportunity to have known him. We hope that you find strength and peace in the days to come, girded by the knowledge that he lived an exemplary life and loved you all dearly.

Dr. Gradiner, I first met you in the operating theatre as a clinical clerk. I still remember the case, likely due to the calmness of the space, and the time you had for teaching. I had no idea that I would be so fortunate to meet you later in life, where again you taught me to be still, reflect, and enjoy the subtlety of an old Bordeaux.. I wish I had thanked you when I last saw you. Thank you so much. Brent

So sad to read this, over the years I have worked with some wonderful doctors. He had an incredible cariama about him, those of us that got to work with him were treated with such kindness and respect, and that same was extended to anyone in his care. He would walk in patients room and say hi I am Paul and could set anyone at ease. So glad I was working the day of his retirement and got to tell him just what a presence he had in peoples lives, Rest In Peace, Sincere condolences to his family

Susan and Gardiner family, our deepest condolences on the passing of Paul.
Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers.
Paul was a wonderful man, a loyal friend and a true gentleman who extended kindness and great compassion. His loving warmth will be forever with you..
RIP my friend.

Brenda, John & Family
A true gentleman, a gentle manner, a welcoming smile and caring attitude. Paul left an unforgettable impression with whoever he met. He will truly be missed. Our sincere condolences.
John & Trudy

Paul was such a nice man. The Morris family was so lucky to have him as part of our lives for the last number of years.
We will all miss him greatly.

I had the privilege of working with Dr. Gardiner for 11 years on 6EAST. He was a great surgeon but also a very kind , considerate and caring person. He always took time to chat and showed a genuine interest in those around him. Many fond memories.

Sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Gardiner. He was a well respected and friendly physician whom we had the pleasure of working with.
May you find peace in the days to come as you say Good bye to your father, grandfather, and dear friend.
Dr. Gardener’s legacy of knowledge, kindness, and professionalism will never be forgotten.

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Dr G’s passing. I think I may have been one of his last patients! So very compassionate and encouraging!
I remember it was Easter Sunday and he said I could have a popsicle! Not having eaten in quite a while it was a real treat!
My sincere condolences to his family!
RIP Sir!

I have just learned of Dr Gardiners passing today while away on vacation and was very saddened by the news. During the many years on 6 East he treated me with the greatest of respect and I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from him. He was a great inspiration to me, shared such professional and dedication to his profession and respected all who were fortunate enough to have known him. To his family my sincere condolences, May he rest in peace and his memories live on.

My heartfelt condolences to Paul’s family on the passing of this fine man. I had the honour of knowing Paul over the years, and received the benefit of his professional competence.
I will remember Paul as a kind man, always considerate in his interactions with those around him.
He will be missed by many.
Gus Bruce

To Paul’s family, my sincere condolences. A fine gentleman. RIP

Amanda and Stefanie, please accept my deepest condolences. Your dad was quite an amazing man and he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest well my friend.

Paul was extremely proud of his children. He spoke frequently and fondly about all of you, and his grandchildren as well. He clearly took great joy in his family, and I know you were a great comfort to him.
My deepest condolences to his family and wide circle of friends.

sorry to hear about Paul

Saddened and surprised to hear of Paul’s passing. We grew up together living next door to one another on Forest Road. Only saw him a couple of times since. Last time was last summer when he dropped in to see me in Gander. Condolences to family and friends.

Our medical community, and especially St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, has lost one of its bright stars in the death of Dr. Paul Gardner. Light shone in and through him in his compassion, gentleness and skill as a physician and surgeon. Dr. Gardner was a man who always had time for a friendly word or just to listen. He was also a man of love that comes from God. May he experience eternal love now as he meets his creator and his loved ones who have gone before him.

So sorry to hear of the passing of Paul. He was a life long friend and neighbour.. One of the most gentle caring and compassionate Doctors you could ever have.. Our condolences to his family with special mention to Brenda and her family. We have all lost a very special person and friend.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Sincerely Bill and Lorna


Dr. Paul, I am glad I took care of you a day before you died at St.Clare’s Hospital.You told me Tony I believe in God and you said to me thank you for taking care of me.I did not know I will not see you again while I am off for two days.But I am happy you introduced your family to me any time I came to your room.You are in the arms of angels.Rest well!

Brenda and Family
Wayne and I are SO Sorry to hear of Paul’s passing! He was a Dear Friend to us both throughout the years!
Please know that you all are in our Thoughts and Prayers at this Difficult Time!
God Bless !
May He Rest In Peace!

Susan and family, so very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He was such a lovely man…in a league of his own. I so enjoyed our conversations at St. Clare’s..…he treated everyone with such respect and it was returned to him in kind. Thinking of you at this very difficult time and hoping that knowing others share your loss will be of some comfort.

We were so sorry to hear about Paul’s death. He was such a kind, gentle, caring man. We will miss him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Noreen and Harold

Yesterday morning I was devastated to learn from his family that one of the finest people I have ever known has passed away.Our friendship dated back to the early/mid60s when his dad, who was an orderly at the Old General Hospital, cared for my dad who was suffering from cancer. In no time they became fast friends as did their sons.J Paul(that is what I always called him as he always referred to me as Paul J)was a class act,a true gentlemen with a heart of gold and patience to match. as well as confidante through both the good and bad times.
This world could use more J Pauls much less lose one of his ilk
God speed J Paul

I will truly miss you
Paul J

Eminently distinguished for science. He was beloved for the simplicity of his manners and the benevolence of his heart, respected for his inflexible integrity and his pure and unaffected piety. In all the relations of his professional life he was sagacious, candid, diligent and humane. Firm in purpose, gentile in execution; justly confident in his own judgment yet generously open to the opinions of others. Liberal and indulgent to his brethren, but ever mindful of his duty to the public. A rare union of intellectual and moral worth.
May it extend to future generations the salutary influence which his living example can no longer diffuse.

Paul was a father ,grandfather, brother, life partner,,athlete,General surgeon, Thoracic surgeon ,,wine connoisseur.hospital administrator, university professor ,teacher and most of all he was my friend for 53 years.He will be missed. We were likes brothers neither of us had own families

wayne andrews