Benton, ME- Robert “Bob” Jean Gardner, 85, passed away at his home on Monday, April 27, 2015. Bob spent his last days with family, including his great great granddaughter Elaina by his side. Bob was born on September 15, 1929, in Manchester, NH, the son of George and Laura (Larochelle) Gardner. He married the love of his life, Doris Daigle, on November 23, 1950. They had four beautiful children with their love, starting the foundation of a loving family. Bob worked for Dorson & Fletcher Shoe in Manchester, NH, from 1950-1968. Bob and his family moved to Belfast, Maine to open Waldo Shoe, a branch of Dorson & Fletcher from 1968-1984. In 1976, Bob purchased a general store in Albion with his daughter and son in-law. In 1984, Bob retired from the Shoe Company. Bob and Doris bought Nancy’s Dairy Bar in Pittsfield, ME, serving ice cream and lobsters until 1990. Bob and Doris visited their daughter’s family in RI where he went go-karting. Bob realized at that time, he found his dream business. In 1994, Bob and Doris and their grandchildren, daughter and son in-law, started building what became Benton Family Fun-Park, and retired in 2008. Bob’s love for his wife and family always came first. He loved to water ski, and boating at the family’s camps. But most of all, he loved to snowmobile with family and friends. Bob owned well over 100 machines. He always had to have the fastest sled around. Bob was the King of the Mountain. Bob was a jack of all trades and loved to invent solutions and gadgets to fix just about anything and everything that he could find or get his hands on. He loved building his groomers and drags so that he could maintain his speed of 80 mph on the trails. Bob was predeceased by his parents, George and Laura; his brothers, Gerard, Reginald, Edouard, Norman and Paul; and his sister, Jeannine (Gardner) Untiet. Bob is survived by the love of his life Doris, his wife of 64 years; his children, Ernie and wife Janna, Marilyn and husband Dennis, Elaine and husband Wayne, and Janet and husband Dennis; 14 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter, Elaina. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 1 at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield, ME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, Winslow, ME. Family request, in lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Pine Tree Camp for disabled children www.pinetreesociety.org.