Gillies Leonard Tardif, 90, died Jan. 6 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.
Born in St. Odilon de Cranbourne in Quebec, Canada, on Dec. 24, 1922, he was the son of the late Adonia Tardif and Margaret Gorman Tardif.
World War II, he served as a Seabee in the 122nd Naval Construction Battalion in the U.S. Navy, seeing much of the South Pacific. In 1950, he married Mariette Boudreau and they settled in Roselle, N.J., to raise their family. He worked for 30 years for General Motors Corp. as a machinist. After retirement, they moved to Hagerstown, Md., to be near their daughter and grandchildren. In 2007, the family moved to Gambrills, Md.
Gillies will be remembered for his love of gardening, especially for growing tomatoes and competing to have the first ripe tomato of the season in the neighborhood. He enjoyed strawberry picking in Smithsburg, taking car trips to visit family, going to auctions and using his handyman skills wherever needed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 49 1/2 years, Mariette, in 2000. He was also preceded in death by five siblings: Catherine Allison, Philip Tardif, Beatrice Barrette, Georgiana Jacques and Alfred Tardif.
He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Tardif and his wife Shirley of Chambersburg, Pa.; his daughter, Maureen Miller and her husband Nick of Gambrills; and his grandchildren, Lauren Miller Elfring and her husband William and their two daughters Savanna and Gillian, Liane Miller Ruppert and her husband Michael, and Logan Miller; and a brother, Leonard Tardif of Montreal.
Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown with Father David Hillier officiating.
Interment will be at the Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your local Hospice association.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.