Fred Gardner RIP

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I'm sad to report that my dad, Fred Gardner, passed away today at 3:00pm from pneumonia. He was 91 years old. Fred attended his first Bees game in 1937 when we were in the top flight and managed to attend games at GP for 8 decades, mostly with my mum and myself in tow. He took me to my first game in January 1962 (a cup tie vs. Leyton Orient: 1-1) and needless to say, given the presence of Brooks, Higgy and Cakebread, I was instantly hooked. Like most of us, I never knew whether to love him or curse him for taking me to GP instead of a more "fashionable" club but deep down I knew he made the right choice. It was typical of our Fred that when told the Bees had beaten Crewe 5-1 on Saturday his first reaction was not, "Brilliant!! We're going up!" but "How did they manage to score one? Where was the defence?" (He would have been a natural GPG-er). He'll be sadly missed but it's comforting to know that he (and the Bees) went out a winner. RIP Fred.
 

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Sorry mate. Rest in peace Fred.
 

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RIP Fred.
 

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. It was typical of our Fred that when told the Bees had beaten Crewe 5-1 on Saturday his first reaction was not, "Brilliant!! We're going up!" but "How did they manage to score one? Where was the defence?" (He would have been a natural GPG-er). He'll be sadly missed but it's comforting to know that he (and the Bees) went out a winner. RIP Fred.

great sense of humour.. sorry for your loss, RIP fred
 

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Sorry to hear your sad news and thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. RIP Fred.
 

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Sorry to hear about Fred, he sounds like a character. He probably stood with my old Dad in the great Brook Road stand during the 1930's.

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Very sorry to hear about your loss, he sounds like a character. RIP Fred.
 

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Sorry to hear about your news Pete......seems he was very much part of the Bees family.....RIP Fred...
 

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Incredible - a supporter who watched Brentford in the great 30's. Sorry to read of your loss, especially as Fred would have been the same age as my late father, and I wonder if they ever met.
RIP.
 

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Sorry to hear of your loss. I know he will be in good company up there. RIP.
 

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I would like to add my condolences on your loss. I can relate to so much to what you have said.My Dad God bless him watched the Bees through thick & thin & passed the Bees"affliction" on to me! Remember the good times .RIP Fred
 

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RIP Fred and condolences to all family and friends. Nice little write up SBB. He sounds true Brentford!
 

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Condolences. RIP.
 

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My sincerest condolences for your loss; he was a genuinely nice guy. Best regards.
 

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Very sad news and deepest condolences to you and your family SBB.
 

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RIP Fred. So happy we went out on a win for you.
 
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Thank you everyone for your kind and wonderful best wishes. They're bringing a lump to my throat every time I read them. The Bees community is the absolute best!!!
 

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condolences Santa BB - He sounded like a top bloke
 

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Sad news S BB R.I.P Fred.Made me think how lucky I am to still have my Dad around who also took me to brentford in the early 60s.My condonances to you and your family.
 

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Very sorry to learn of your sad news, but glad that you have great memories of watching Brentford with Fred, and chatting about those fine memories of Bees from the past.
RIP Fred
 

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RIP Fred and condolences to your family.
 

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Love his sentiment and may he RIP
 

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Condolences to the family at this sad time. My late father was also of Fred's generation, what times they saw at GP!
 

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As with my old man, loved the bees and critical right up to the end. I know that I look back on so many good times at Brentford with my dad, true father son bonding stuff...now being passed onto my boys! RIP Fred and if you meet Arthur up there, try not to moan at performances too much ;-)
 

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My late father Bill, also took me to my first Bees home match in 1962 - cant recall the opposiiton - but we sat
in the Braemar Road Stand. He too had memories of Brentford pre second world war and of cycling from Chiswick
to Griffin Park and leaving his bike in someones garden in Brook Road
RIP Fred
 
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My late father Bill, also took me to my first Bees home match in 1962 - cant recall the opposiiton - but we sat
in the Braemar Road Stand. He too had memories of Brentford pre second world war and of cycling from Chiswick
to Griffin Park and leaving his bike in someones garden in Brook Road
RIP Fred

That's exactly what my mum and dad did too: they'd cycle from Hounslow or Isleworth and park in someone's garden in Brook Rd. By the time I came along my dad had bought an Austin so we would park in The Butts and walk to the ground. The walk back to the car was usually more expletive laden than the walk in as I remember.
 

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My late father emigrated to Canada in 1954 and returned for the 71/72 season.My dad walked me around the ground and told me he used to cycle form Isleworth to the home games.I became hooked and have followed the bees ever since.Living in Plymouth now I can only attend a few games.I know this is a hard time for you and your family and my thoughts are with you.
 
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