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Kenneth James Gardellis
  • December 14, 1947
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  • October 31, 2014

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  1. 11 Nov 2014
    Cathy Bonomini McQuade says:
    So sorry for your loss. Kenny and I grew up in the same neighborhood in NY. He was a great person.

  2. 11 Nov 2014
    Deirdre Ballard says:
    I grew up with Kenny in the projects and attended grammar school with him for eight years. He was always a kind and gentle soul. You and your famly are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. 11 Nov 2014
    Manny G says:
    A good man and a brave soldier, gone too soon.
    Rest in peace.

  4. 10 Nov 2014
    Linda says:
    Having the great joy of knowing Kenny for over 35 years,we will be joining you tomorrow,here In the White Mountains,as this was a place that brings sweet memories of a dear dear friend.I am certain Ken will be amazed at how much love he has generated and is smiling at the discovery of those of us here............blessings,to all his family and extended family........

  5. 10 Nov 2014
    Paul Tidwell says:
    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.

    Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own.

    And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."

    Major Michael O'Donnell
    KIA March 24, 1970 - Dak To, Vietnam

  6. 09 Nov 2014
    Alma & Miguel Villanueva says:
    Kenny, My Brother, My friend. We will miss you. You came back into my life after a long separation. I will always thank God for bringing you back into my life and for the opportunity to meet "your perfect soulmate" Traci. I'm thankful for the time and memories you and Traci gave us in Florida. Kenny, I celebrate the sixty odd years we have known each other, in the projects, our separation (because that is when you met Traci) and our time again afterwards. I love you "Big Bro". RIP and until we meet again.... Your "Little Sis".
    Traci, our thoughts, love and prayers are with you.

  7. 09 Nov 2014
    Claire Correa-Anniello says:
    I grow up with Kenny in the projects. I don't remember live with out the Gardellis Family. Your right Placido, our relatives and friends were each others. My Mother, my Aunt Lilly and his Mother traveled together and stayed friends until the end. I lost more then a friend, I lost a brother. I will miss you "Greek"

  8. 09 Nov 2014
    John & Beth Bongart says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. God bless.

  9. 09 Nov 2014
    The McLaughlin Family says:
    A sensitive, caring, thoughtful man who left his mark with all who loved him, knew him, and served with him. Rest in Peace. Traci, and Ken's family, may God's peace be with you.

  10. 09 Nov 2014
    Tina Makris-Leslie says:
    I lived on the corner of West End and 63rd street and would sit on my stoop waiting for Kenny to walk by on his way home from the butcher shop where he worked. I had a huge crush on him. I will remember his always as a kind, warm individual who always had a smile on his face and a unique walk. We kept in touch over the years, most recently this past February. It had always been my hope that he would make it up to one of the reunions in the projects and we could catch up face-to-face. I had looked forward to meeting Traci, the woman who finally got him to settle down. He shared with me what a unique person she is and that he'd met the 'love of his life'. I'm so happy that he got to spend these last 11 years with her. I will miss him.

  11. 08 Nov 2014
    Catherine "cathy" Borruso says:
    Kenny was more than a lifelong friend he was family. We met the day I was born and from that day he had a special part of my heart..I was the little sister he wanted protected but most of all loved. He always was there to put a smile on your face, I will miss that but know that he will be a part of my heart forever. RIP my "brother"

  12. 08 Nov 2014
    Tony (ski) Kulikowski says:
    Ken our paths crossed many yrs. ago and then again at the reunions and as you lead the way we will meet up again. Rest in Peace Brother. We all love you.

  13. 08 Nov 2014
    Rick & Jean says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  14. 08 Nov 2014
    Placido Borruso says:
    My friend, I have known him all my life. Birthday parties, graduations Kindergarten through High School we were together. Our families were like all the families from the Projects, close so very close. Our relatives and friends were each others’. Watching him build his model custom cars in his room was like watching a car come out of production. He kept his Rod & Custom magazines as he did with all books. He was smart, on the CVHS honor roll, his picture was in the NY Daily News.
    I remember before we went to the World’s Fair with our class that we had a little Southern Comfort on the roof before going to school. Of all my friends growing up his was the only birthday I remembered and sent him a Happy Birthday greeting each year. This year will be different, but I will always remember that date. We kept in touch even while he was in ‘Nam and I knew how hard it had been for him and it hurt because he was the friend who you were spiritually connected for life. He was happy in his final years because he found his soul mate. Thank God for that. As Traci mourns so do we all.
    Rest in Heaven “Greek” with all our family and friends that you are sharing your life experiences with now.
    Placido “Tate” Borruso

  15. 08 Nov 2014
    Bob and Laura Norris says:
    Kenny will be missed but not forgotten. May God bless you Tracie and watch over our brother. Thanks for the memories Kenny.

  16. 08 Nov 2014
    Joe Boland says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kenny was far to young to pass on. His memory will long live in the minds of Dogface Charlie. He was a good man and a brave soldier. God Bless.

  17. 07 Nov 2014
    Brendan & Renee says:
    Kenny,
    Till we met again and may the good Lord hold you in the palm of His Hands you will always be my Rock, love you my Brother,

  18. 07 Nov 2014
    Julie Barrs says:
    What a great guy, you will be missed by a lot of people. Prayers for you!

  19. 07 Nov 2014
    Sandy Leoni says:
    Memories of love and friendship are treasures to carry with you always, Traci remember he is not alone... and neither are you, Rest in peace my Ken,
    until we meet again. Thank you for such a nice picture.

  20. 07 Nov 2014
    Lianna Costantino says:
    The world is a little darker without his Light shining in it. But Ken, you will never be forgotten. Traci, I love you and you your family are in our prayers. Love you so much.

  21. 07 Nov 2014
    Gary Moniz says:
    It was with great sadness that I learned of Kenny's passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and I hope that in a small way they help through these trying times.

  22. 07 Nov 2014
    Lon & Ann Smith says:
    Kenny RIP I'll be thinking of you and remembering the time we spent together in Nam and at the reunions, you will be missed.God Bless ya buddy. See ya someday on the other side..

  23. 07 Nov 2014
    DeeDee says:
    I have never read anything more beautifully said- much too soon and while dealing with so much heartache. But this of course comes from a beautiful person and true soulmate written with so much heart and spirit for another beautiful and amazing human being. Rest in peace Ken and watch over my sister Traci. You will be missed more than words can ever say and your life on this earth is so very special and giving and you will never ever be forgotten...your spirit will always live on in our hearts.

  24. 07 Nov 2014
    Bill Sullivan says:
    Kenny is on point again and we will follow as we have done before. He leads the way again. We are all better for having known him. His spirit and memory lives on within us. May his family and friends find some comfort in his peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  25. 07 Nov 2014
    Paul Herbert says:
    Traci - You wrote a beautiful essay. Though I knew him only briefly, I know Ken was a fine man and so well regarded by his fellow soldiers. He's OK now, you may be sure. God bless you and all of Ken's family. Paul

  26. 07 Nov 2014
    Rob & Donna Gossard says:
    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! Cherish the memories!

  27. 07 Nov 2014
    Mike & Mila Shapiro says:
    We Love you, Tracie and we will miss Kenny so much.
    You are in our thoughts everyday. Love you.

  28. 07 Nov 2014
    Laura Romero says:
    Very beautiful and well spoken. I have nothing but good feelings reaching out for you. Keep up that positive energy. Much love to you!

  29. 07 Nov 2014
    Alan & Priscilla Moniz says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  30. 07 Nov 2014
    Jenny and William says:
    Thoughts and prayers with you and your family!

  31. 07 Nov 2014
    Gary & Ruth says:
    God bless you and the family .....

  32. 07 Nov 2014
    Somebody posted an image:
    Kenny in Vietnam
    Kenny in Vietnam

  33. 07 Nov 2014
    Somebody posted an image:
    Kenny in Vietnam 2
    Kenny in Vietnam 2

  34. 07 Nov 2014
    Somebody posted an image:
    kenny photos
    kenny photos

  35. 07 Nov 2014
    Somebody posted an image:
    kenny photos
    kenny photos

  36. 07 Nov 2014
    Somebody posted an image:
    KENNY HIGH SCHOOL
    KENNY HIGH SCHOOL

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