Roggie Leroy Gardiner
June 4, 1948 - April 4, 2024

Roggie Leroy Gardiner, 75 of Wesley Chapel, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2024 surrounded by his beloved family. Leroy was born in Tampa and was a life long resident of Florida, spending a couple years living in St. Augustine, then returning back to Wesley Chapel. He retired as a printer for the Tampa Tribune and enjoyed fishing, traveling, playing cards, playing solitaire on the computer, was a member of the St. Augustine Deaf Club, but his greatest love was for his family.

Leroy is survived by his loving wife of almost 28 years, Sally; son and daughter-in-law, Lee Gardiner and Melissa Rosenberg; daughter, Mary; sisters, Zellamae, Flo (Ping) and Lucy and his half-brother, Mike. Also surviving are his precious grandchildren, Kyle, Katrina and Nicholas as well as his great-grandchildren, Jeremiah, Gabriel and Olivia, and, of course, his cats, Kirby and Marble.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Glenda in January of 2015.

A Celebration of Leroy’s Life will be held on a date to be announced.

Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA by clicking the “Donate Now” button below.


  • Cheri Ceyler Posted April 6, 2024 12:03 pm

    It was a privilege and an honor to grow up around Uncle Leroy. He was a wonderful, sweet man who inadvertently taught me a lot about acceptance of others. I was always fascinated by his ability to navigate through a world not equipped the same for people with disabilities. Through him, I found an interest in sign language and I remember being so excited to show him the new signs I learned as a young child. As an adult, I was blessed to be able to visit with him many times and he held each of my babies when they were born. I’ll always remember you uncle Leroy.

  • TERRI HASTING Posted April 9, 2024 12:17 pm

    Uncle Leroy was the most loving, kind, passionate, gentle, giving, smart man . . . and I can go on . . .
    He has such a contagious smile and laugh ! He loved to cut up and make everyone around him feel comfortable. He was very passionate to his family, and I am sure his friends. Very friendly and smiled at everyone, even if he didn’t know you . . .
    He learned sign language when he was very young because he couldn’t speak or hear. Very determined to let nothing hold him down. Having a career and retired is when he started having more challenges with his health. He was successful in reaching his goals and I admire him for so many reasons ! I know Grandmom and mom met you in heaven and you all are catching up. Not to mention you can hear and talk to her now . . . You always made me feel important and loved ! See You in Heaven !
    ((( hugggggggs and more hugsssss )))

  • Calvin Hill Posted April 9, 2024 12:29 pm

    I haven’t seen you in years but nonetheless I respect you highly ! I miss us laughing at each other. We always knew what each other meant. Somehow you would tease me about my gut and I would yours. How I miss those days ! Tell everyone I said “hello” and give them a hug for me. Rest In Peace My Dear Friend !

  • Suzanne Wheeler Branson Posted April 26, 2024 4:28 am

    My deepest condolences to the entire family. Leroy was such a wonderful man and a fine friend to our family. I grew up knowing him, as he worked with my parents, Walter and Barbara Wheeler. My heart is broken over your loss, yet I know your health problems were so difficult for you. Your genuine smile and kind spirit were such a joy to be around. Always so humble, yet you enjoyed jokes and teasing. What a good life you have had. It was an honor to have known you.

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