Chad Gardner, on Monday January 18th, 2016 collapsed at his restaurant due to a massive heart attack. After 4 days of being in two different hospitals, running tests, trying procedures to reduce swelling in his brain, we finally have received a new scan and information from the doctors which have confirmed what we were most dreading. Chad has sustained severe brain damage because oxygen was not being pumped from his heart. The loss of oxygen to his brain and swelling has caused there to be no more brain function. Multiple tests have proven that he is no longer with us. Chad is an organ donor and his organs will be used to help other people. At this time our family is thankful for the prayers and well wishes from the community but would like to be given a few days to process this information and make arrangements. We will be planning a community celebration of life in Chads honor and that will be announced at a later date. Thank you for you understanding. He's riding off into the sunset.
In addition to his deli, Chad was much loved as a girl's volleyball coach, he was a valuable member of our community and a great guy and friend to so many. I personally can't even begin to count how many times Chad has fed me over the years. When I say that he fed us at least weekly for a decade, I really am NOT exaggerating! Sometimes more than once a week if we were too lazy to go grocery shopping. We pretty much always called in our orders for pickup, and if he heard from us several times a week, Chad would make a joke about us not wanting to go to Winn Dixie. He knew! His chicken salad is the best chicken salad, period, bar none...and I'm something of a chicken salad connoisseur.
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