Marlborough – Christopher C. Gardner, 38, of Marlborough and formerly of Randolph and Boston died suddenly on Tuesday November 30, 2021. He was the husband of Shannon L. Lambert for the past seven years.
Chris was born and raised in Boston, the son of Lisa M. Gardner-Gause and was a graduate of Randolph High School Class of 2001. His beloved grandmother, Theresa Gardner, played a large role in his upbringing.
Chris spent his entire working career in the Youth Social Services Field, determined to make a positive impact. He devoted 20 years of his life to helping young adults navigate mental health, social emotional challenges, and trauma. He worked in many non-profit settings over the years.
As a natural leader in the field, he was well respected by his colleagues and clients. Chris met some of his closest friends while working in the field.
He was an avid New England Patriots fan and loved Tom Brady. He had a passion for fantasy football, although he never could snag that championship trophy.
Chris grew up loving comic books, a hobby that followed him into his adult life. He loved seeing all of the Marvel movies as soon as they came out with his close friends. Chris was a man of many hobbies, he loved WWE, all kinds of music (especially rap), and listening to podcasts. He always wanted to be connected to people and made an effort to keep in touch. He is most remembered for loving everyone in the best way that he could.
Chris was charismatic, had an infectious smile and the ability to light up a room. More than anything though was the love he had for his son, Maximus. Max was his world and they enjoyed so many adventures together. Whether they were on their playground tour, visiting playgrounds all over Massachusetts, home watching movies, or riding roller coasters at the amusement park, Chris created so many wonderful experiences for his son. Maximus was the light of Chris’s life and he was the most incredible and present father.
He leaves his wife Shannon L. Lambert of Marlborough; his son Maximus Gardner of Marlborough; a brother Elliott Gardner of Randolph; his mother Lisa M. Gardner-Gause and her husband Artell Gause of Randolph; his father and mother-in-law James and Janice Lambert of Framingham; his late maternal grandmother Theresa Gardner of Randolph; his brother-law James Lambert of Burrville, RI, his sister-in-law Caitlin Lambert of Framingham; his brother-in-law David Lambert of Framingham; his sister-in-law Meaghan Pearless and her husband Michael Pearless of Worcester. He also leaves behind many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Chris made friends wherever he went and will be missed by many.
Calling hours will be held Sunday December 5 from 11AM-1 PM at the Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough. A celebration of Chris’s Life will follow from 1:30- 5 PM at the Marlborough Moose Lodge, 67 Fitchburg Street, Marlborough.
In lieu of flowers and in acknowledgment of how generous and supportive the community has been in Chris’s passing, please exercise an act of kindness.