WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Douglas Tracy Gardiner, age 71, died April 30 at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach FL. Born in Washington DC, he was the son of the late D. Tracy Gardiner, Sr. and Lelia Bond Gardiner. He is survived by his wife Nancy Rosencrance Gardiner and three sons: Douglas T. Gardiner III and his wife Christine of Drayden , MD, Joseph Elwood Gardiner and wife Susan of Corinth, Tx., and James Matthew Gardiner and his wife Cynthia of Salisbury. He also is survived by his sister Lelia Eleanor LaPerriere and her husband Joseph, of Houston Tx. He was adored grandfather of; Sarah Kaytlin, Allison Marie, Meagan Lyn, Mallory Logan, Shelby Nicole, Tyler James, and Brooke Elizabeth. He leaves numerous nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Great Mills High School in Lexington Park, he served two years in the United States Air Force. Later, he owned and operated Dennis Point Marina for 38 years in Drayden. He retired to Ocean City in 2006.
Gardiner loved planes, fast cars and fishing boats. He earned his captain’s license which he kept for 50 years and operated his own charter boat in Ft. Lauderdale Fla., Hatteras, N.C., the Bahamas and Ocean City. He was a member of Ocean City Cruisers, Chaplain of St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge, Piney Point Lions Club, Holy Savior and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and the Ocean City Marlin Club.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 at Holy Savior Catholic Church. A reception will follow at the Ocean City Marlin Club on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to: Holy Savior Catholic Church, 1705 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842, St. George’s Catholic Church, St George’s Church Rd, Valley, MD 20692, or Second District Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, Valley, MD. 20692. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.