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We are saddened to inform you that John Gardner passed away on December 26, 2016.


84, peacefully departed this life on December 26, 2016. A self-made man, he rose from a depression era impoverished childhood to become a distinguished trial attorney specializing in the defense of medical malpractice and complex tort litigation. He was a named partner in Bower & Gardner - a law firm which he helped propel into national prominence and acclaim. Following graduation from CCNY his teaching career was curtailed by military service during the Korean War as a Company Commander. Following his completion of military duty, he graduated from NYU Law School and for the next 40 years devoted himself to the practice of Trail Law. After which he divided his retirement between Palma Sola Harbor Condo in Florida and his beloved log cabin in the wilds of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. John was a man of great humor, a lover of opera, and an accomplished chef whose culinary skills traversed a wide range of diverse cuisines. He is survived by his beloved wife Judy with whom he shared a warm and loving marriage spanning more than 56 glorious years. Also surviving are his devoted children, Beth Gardner, Jonathan Gardner and his wife Shelley, along with his adored grandchildren Jillian and Alyssa, as well as, Joseph, Danielle, Nick and Taylor, who will all be diminished by the loss of his guidance, companionship and love.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 1, 2017

Remembrances of John can be sent to Phyllis Pawlovsky for inclusion in Ever in our Hearts.

Thank you for visiting the Bower and Gardner website.  We are pleased to provide you with information about some of the people you may have known during your time with the firm. If you come to this page and have any information about any co-worker or recollection about your time with the firm, or just want to update us on what you are doing now, please send an e-mail to:  I do receive updates from many of you and am always so happy to hear from someone from the firm.

We have recently learned of the death of B & G partner, Frank Bastone on May 14, 2015.



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