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Donald Joseph Gartner, 84, of Florham Park, NJ, passed away on October 19, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Church, 35 Orchard Rd., Florham Park, NJ, on Thursday, October 27th at 10am. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Friends are invited to visit at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St. in Chatham, on Wednesday, October 26th from 6 to 8pm.
Born in Newark, the son of Stephen and Elizabeth (Stock) Gartner, Don was raised in Irvington and Union. He graduated from Union High School in 1956. He had also lived in South Orange before moving to Florham Park in 1968. Don proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1962. He earned a military commendation for distinguished service within the Security Agency Support Element (NSA, Fort Meade, MD) while stationed in Ankara, Turkey.
Don worked as a project manager for the NJ Turnpike Authority until his retirement in 2007. He had previously worked with Western Electric, South Orange Contracting, and Simmonds Precision. A longtime parishioner at Holy Family, in his earlier years, Don coached Little League and softball in Florham Park. He was a devoted family man and loved vacationing on Long Beach Island with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed traveling with his wife to Maine in the autumn in the years preceding his retirement.
Don was the beloved husband of the late Lucille Ann Gartner. He was loving father of Don Gartner, Jr. and his wife Pamela, Mary Cassaday and her husband James, and Scott Gartner and his partner Ignacio Ocegueda. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Nicole Cassaday, Amanda Cassaday, Bret Cassaday, Lauren Cassaday, Kyle Gartner, and Heather Gartner. In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of Lucille.