Barbara Elizabeth Gardin
January 12, 2022
GARDIN, Barbara Elizabeth (née Block) – Peacefully and with her husband by her side at the Louise Marshall Hospital on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Guido Gardin for 58 years. Loving mother of Amanda Gardin (Todd Lillycropp), Rémy (Sandra) Gardin, and Damon Gardin (Trudy Winsor). Dear grandmother of Victoria (Steve), Quinn, McKenzie, Avery and Ally. Survived by her sister Lee Medensky, and five sisters-in-law and their families.
Barbara was a dedicated volunteer with Cancer Patient Services of Mount Forest and the Louise Marshall Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a member of Mount Forest United Church. Above all, Barbara was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
A memorial service will be held at the England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, Mount Forest, on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. In order to attend, you must make a reservation by visiting the funeral home website or by calling (519) 323-2631. Masks are mandatory and Covid protocols will be in place. If you are unable to attend in person, you are invited to view the service livestream by visiting www.englandfuneralhome.com and clicking on the link below Barbara’s obituary. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Barbara are asked to consider the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation.
Funeral Service for Barbara Gardin
Heartbroken and saddened to hear the news that Barb has passed away. She will be deeply missed and remembered with love. Guido and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. With our deepest sympathy.— Peter and Deborah [Block] Bramberger, January 17, 2022
Barb was a lovely person inside and out and will be missed greatly by friends and family alike. Spuds and family, cherish the beautiful memories you have of her and know that we are all thinking of you and praying for you at this time of sorrow.
Lynn Nugent (nee Block) and family
Dear Zio Guido, Amanda, Remy and Damon.
I am truly sorry to hear that Zia Barb has passed away.
Both you and Zia Barb have been like second parents for me.
I have very fond memories of the special time in my life when you're family shared your home with me.
I learned many life lessons from my time with you and Zia Barb and for this I will always be grateful.
Zia Barb has always held a special spot in my heart, she was a strong, kind and intelligent woman and I'm thankful to have had her in my life.
Sending you all hugs in your time of grief.
Love you all
Dear Guido and family,
So very sad and shocked to hear of Barb's passing. Although it's been a long time since we've seen each other, I've often thought of the extended 'Block' clan, especially when I was living in B.C.
Many fond memories of Barb spring to mind, Barb babysitting me when I was around 4, visiting at Uncle Ty and Aunt Betty's and getting to read Barb's comic books, watching her compete in highland dancing at Clarke Hall, and especially yours and Barb's wedding. I also remember some public school teachers admiring Barb and telling me I was lucky to have such a good cousin.
And I was so happy to reconnect with Barb on Facebook during the last almost 2 years.
My sincere sympathy to Guido and family on the passing of a lovely lady who generously gave of herself. The thrift shop will especially miss Barb’s friendly leadership. May Barb Rest In Peace.— Sharon Wilson, January 17, 2022
Dear Guido and family, So very sorry to hear about Barbara. So many memories of our parties and fun times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care Gill, Fred and family.— Fred and Gill Mahnke, January 16, 2022
Dear Spuds and Family,
My heart is broken with the sad news of Barbara's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at such a difficult time.
Jamie (nee Block) Araujo
Dear Guido and family,
I'm deeply saddened by the passing of Barb. She was a lovely person and a dedicated volunteer at the thrift store. She will be missed by me and many others.
Sincerely, Trish Wickson
Dear Spuds, Amanda, Remy and Damon and families,
We are so very saddened over the loss of Barb and it definitely brings a void to my heart. We were fortunate enough to have enjoyed spending a few family gatherings together with you both at the Block parties, always so much fun and laughter and I can still hear Barb's laugh. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Love Steve and Lorrie Hill (nee Block) and family
Dear Guido and family. We are very sorry to hear of Barbara's sudden passing. Although it has been so many, many years that we have seen your family, we have often thought of both of you.
What comes to mind, is the time during the Mississauga derailment that you, Barb, three kids and a couple of dogs came to stay with us along with another couple who also had two kids and a dog and, as well, our own. It was quite a menagerie of kids, adults and animals but we all made the best of it. It's unfortunate that we all go our separate ways and only hear or meet under these sad circumstances. Our sincere and deepest sympathies to you and all your family.
Our deepest condolences and love to you and your family.
Barb will be missed as a part of our Boler MinnieWinnie family. We enjoyed the many stories she told around the campfires.
She will be missed by many.
We are so sorry for your loss. Barbara was a great person -- so dedicated to the Thrift Shop and her other volunteer work. She did a wonderful job with the jewellery and will be hard to replace.
Our deepest sympathy, Rosemary & Raymond
Guido, our thoughts are with you. Tom and Helen Quinn— Tom annd Helen Quinn, January 15, 2022
To Guido and Family
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Barb. She was a lovely person always kind, caring, and fun to be around. She will be missed by many. May time help you to ease your sorrow. May memories keep her close to your heart. May she Rest In Peace.
To the Gardin family: Very sorry for your loss. My daughter Lexi and I were very fortunate to spend many, many nights trailering with Barb and Guido in various parts of Ontario and Manitoba. Guido was the first person to assist me in setting up my 'new to me' boler a few years back, while Barb listened patiently to my Daughter's life stories. I can visualize her reading her novel, while sitting calmly in her trailer at the Red River Exhibition Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A very adventurous, fun loving Woman and a mentor to me. She will be missed.— Mark and Lexi Chevrette, January 15, 2022
I play cards with Guido, at the Mount Forest Seniors Group. During the last 21 months, of no cards, I phoned Guido once a month.
Mostly I talked to Barb. She was a lovely person to talk to on the phone.
Her family will miss her. Rest in Peace Barb
Mount Forest Seniors Group
We are so sorry to hear of Barb’s death …..the four of us were the best Sunday morning, Friendship Coffee Hour, muffin cheese and grapes team. Our hearts break for you and the family.
May God hold you in the palm of His hand!
An angel has left this earth and is soaring in heaven. Words can’t convey the ache in my heart. Barb was a beautiful soul, loved by so many. Our MinnieWinnie boler get togethers won’t be the same. Blessings to the family and to you Guido, thank you for sharing this special lady with us.— Don and Jules Stephens, January 14, 2022
Sincere sympathy to your family. We are thinking of you all at this time.
Neil, Janice McCaig and family
— Marjorie Young, January 14, 2022
Thinking of you at this sad time. I will miss seeing her at church.
Bob, Marjorie Young and Lily
So sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. A lot of years, a lot of memories to help your family through this sad time.— Linda Dunk, January 14, 2022
Dear Guido and Family,
We are very saddened to learn of Barbara's passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
I remember Barbara working at the dress shop in the mall where I got a lot of my clothes when I was working. She was always very friendly and helpful. We had a lot of good times with the Puslinch gang. Lots of good memories!
Keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Fred, Brenda, Jason and Jennifer xo
Guido and family So sorry to hear about Barb. We have so many great memories of all the fun we had as our families were growing up together. all the coffee mornings and all the parties to never forget. We sent our sincere condolences and don't forget the neighbours in Puslinch are with you at this time Love Neil Judy Lee and Pam
Dear Guido and family,
We were deeply saddened to hear of Barb's passing. She was truly a lovely caring person who will be greatly missed by our whole church family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.
Donna and Bob McFarlane
Dearest Guido and family,
It was such a pleasure to be able to volunteer alongside Barb, and you Guido, as part of the Wednesday afternoon crew. She held the Thrift shop dear and near to her heart and her passing will leave a huge hole in our group. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Maureen
Marilyn & I were quite shocked by the phone call we received this morning informing us of barb's passing. Please accept our sincere thoughts and prayers to your entire family. We will always miss Barb's conversations and input at the Boleramas Meets we all attended in the past. God's Blessing and care as you move forward at such a sad time.
Marilyn & Paul
Sincere sympathy. I volunteered with Barb at the gift shop and with the Hospital Auxiliary. Barb was very kind and thoughtful. She was a great volunteer and will be missed in the community.— Marilyn Rogers, January 13, 2022
Dear Guido and Family. Please accept my sincere sympathy on Barb's passing. I have volunteered at the Thrift Shop for many years with Barb and enjoyed her friendship. She was always kind and thoughtful and a great mentor to many. She will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.— Brenda Harris, January 13, 2022
Guido and Family. So very sorry to hear of Barb's passing. She was a faithful volunteer in so many things. I got to know her working with her at the Christmas Bureau. She was a lovely lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dan and Doris Tone
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to you and your family Guido.
Mary & Bob (Dippel)
Words cannot express our sincere condolences! Barb was a very special person. She was an amazing neighbour, great friend, but most of all our children’s “extra” grandma! We will forever cherish all our memories and time spent together! Heaven gained the most beautiful soul 💕
Dear Guido and family. I was so saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. I have only known her for a couple of years, but she was always so kind. She will be missed so much on Wednesdays. Hold your precious memories close to your hearts.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
Guido and family, you have my deepest sympathy. I have volunteered beside Barb for many years and enjoyed her friendship. She will be missed terribly.— Kathy Calder, January 13, 2022