Gardiner L. Mitchell

Southwest Harbor

Gardiner L. Mitchell, 89, died on Dec. 25, 2020. He was born Jan. 4, 1931, in Southwest Harbor the son of Julius E. and Doris A. (Hodgdon) Mitchell.

Gardiner grew up in Southwest Harbor, graduating from Pemetic High School in 1950. He later went into the Army and spent two years in Japan. When he returned from the service, he married Janet (Lewis) Mitchell. He soon joined the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. His first shore station was Seawall, Maine. Later stations included Matinicus Island, Chatham, Mass., Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Hatteras, N.C. He also served on the ship Explorer voyaging to Africa as well as the Caribbean. He later returned to Southwest Harbor, where he was employed by the Southwest Harbor Coast Guard base for 43 years before his retirement.

Gardiner is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter Pamela Mitchell and her husband, Peter Smith; son Robert Mitchell and his wife, Jennifer, all of Mount Desert; three grandchildren, Nat Brehmer and his wife, Shelley, of Apopka, Fla.; Brett Mitchell of Wiscasset and Calli Mitchell of Boston, Mass. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He also leaves behind special friends, Wilbert Terry, Keith Clark, Merle Cousins and Joe Reynolds.

Graveside services will be held in the spring at Mt. Height Cemetery, Southwest Harbor.

Those who desire may make contributions in Gardiner’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME  04074.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at

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