Philippe M. Gardner, II

Sunrise: October 2, 1989

Sunset: July 25, 2020

Philippe Miguel Gardner II


Philippe Miguel Gardner II was born on October 2, 1989 in San Diego, California to Philippe Gardner and Marcia Gardner (née Lipscomb). The fourth born following three older sisters, he was both the only son and “baby boy”. From a young age, Philippe II was curious, gregarious, and protective of friends and family. He loved learning, exploring, and indulging in his creative gifts. Philippe brought his robust curiosity and friendly spirit to every learning environment he entered, leaving his memorable imprint as a student at Hancock Elementary School (San Diego, CA), Blair Middle and Lake Taylor High School (Norfolk, VA) where he received his diploma. His outgoing personality soon led him to Virginia State University to study communications and broadcast journalism.

His warmth, openness, and unforgettable smile were infectious. Forever leading with authenticity, Philippe II boldly shared his genuine self with the world — cultivating an international network of friends built from middle school through adulthood. He was especially close to Max Pahl, Sam Hanson, and Michelle Tucker.

With a gift for gab, and as a maverick, Philippe II who explored a variety of career opportunities in identifying the right fit for his expansive skill set. He shined in roles that left an impression on those he served, including being a guide at The Chrysler Museum and curating digital marketing strategies for new artists signed to Red Music, a local music label – successfully growing their social media profiles and fan bases. He was also a remarkable assistant manager at Saint Germain restaurant, where he left each patron feeling as if they made a new friend thanks to the uniquely satisfying experiences he ensured.

Personally, Philippe II enjoyed anything related to the arts and food. He loved to cook and was especially savvy in Asian cuisine — bringing master chef level artistry to his sushi and dumplings. He loved music and was interested in learning to play the guitar and piano. This passion also drove Philippe II to consider returning to music as a professional career. It was apparent to anyone who saw him that Philippe II was fashion-forward — both in keeping up with the latest trends and creating his own style. His undeniable individuality shined through in each element of his self- expression, leaving others inspired.

He loved learning about different cultures and languages. During a trip to southeast Asia with one of his sisters, Philippe II visited Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. He comfortably tapped into the Japanese he studied in high school and utilized his quick ear for language to serve as their unofficial trip translator.

In December 2018, Philippe II was diagnosed with stage II cancer. The same tenacity and determination that served him in pursing his dreams and passions buoyed him through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. In early 2020, upon learning that the cancer had metastasized and advanced to stage IV, Philippe’s faith and perseverance endured through additional rounds of immunotherapy. Throughout, he still maintained his warmth, affection, and smile.

Philippe II boldly fought his cancer until he could not fight anymore, passing away on the morning of Saturday, July 25, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. He was 30 years old.

Philippe II is survived by his parents Philippe Gardner, Cincinnati, OH and Marcia Gardner, Norfolk, VA; sisters Tazona Gardner, Waldorf, MD; Dequasiasharah Canales (Ramon), Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and Hyniea Gardner, Honolulu, HI; nieces Monica Canales, CiAiris Gardner-Pinede, and Dahlia Canales; nephew Max Canales; his grandparents; a wealth of aunts, uncles, and cousins in Ohio, California, Louisiana, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Florida; and a host of loving friends around the world.

He is already missed and will be remembered forever.

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    Leslie Roos says

    Our very heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Gardner family. We are thinking of all of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Big hug across the miles to you Miss Marcia.
    The Roos Family

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    Roxey C Nelson says

    Dear Gardner Family, My deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved. I will continue lifting you all up in prayer. The Nelson Family.

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    Andrea “Dré” Brown says

    I will miss and love you forever, little brother. Wishing your spirit a peaceful transition and your family sustained comfort in their grief.

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    Michelle Tucker says

    I love you until infinity Philly! My best friend !

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    Alan Ratliff says

    Philippe, you are an amazing person who had such a bright light. All my love goes out to you as you embark on your journey. You will truly be missed. To the Gardner Family (my second family) my prayers and healing energy go out to you. I love y’all.

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    Kevin and "Ms. Shirley" says

    To the Gardner Family — we offer you our deepest condolences and support during this time and beyond. We didn’t get a chance to meet Phillipe II; yet, we know how bright, expressive, and warm his heart and soul are from the words describing his life and journeys. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you will always have, as you celebrate Phillipe’s Life and everlasting spirit.

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      Andréa Gardner says

      You’ll be missed, love. I love you and look forward to hearing your voice again.

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    Tocelia (TC) Skinner says

    To Taz and family, sending my condolences and prayers during this difficult time. May God hold you close to His heart, where He can feel your deepest loss, and fill you with His deepest love. Praying for your strength and peace.

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    Monica Mitchell says

    My deepest condolences to the family. Praying that you will have strength and peace. Philippe will always be remembered by his loving smile, joyful laughter and caring personality.

    His love will always be with you.


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    Felecia Oliver says

    I was Philppe’s 3rd grade teacher. As I read his obituary, I smiled at his accomplishments and how he positively affected others. He was wonderful as a child, and it so comforting to know that he remained a positive and loving young man. I wish to extend my condolences to his family. He is at peace now in his Heavenly home.

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    Lisa and Adrian Roman says

    Philippe had such a gentle spirit and loving nature. He will always be remembered as an especially giving person of great character. Know that he is suffering no more and finally at peace. I’m so sorry I could not be there in person to convey my condolences. Though I may be far away, know that my spirit and prayers are with you and the family.

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    Yvonne D. Key Parker says

    To Marcia and family,
    I remember conversions that you shared with me concerning your son and daughters. You truly loved them all and spoke highly of each one. You always had a smile when you spoke of your only son, showing a true mother’s love. I haven’t seen you since my retirement but have thought of you often. Many God continue to strengthen you and your family during this time and keep you all in his care forever more. Please know that earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal.

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    Ther Guerrier's says

    To Mrs. G. and the Garner Family,

    Our words will never be enough to express the sorrow that we feel for you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers and remember we are only a phone call away if you need anything.

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    Stacie Scott says

    To the Gardner Family: While I did not have the pleasure of meeting your son/brother/uncle/loved one, I was led to his memorial page as I looked for a friend’s page. I just want to let you all know that his passion for life and his generous nature was captured in the picture of him you shared. I looked at his picture and found myself smiling and filled with joy and peace. I hope that you all are able to hold him in your hearts and experience joy and peace as you reflect on him and the impact he had on those he touched in his lifetime and beyond. I truly believe his love lives on. Sincerely.

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    Joyce Kennedy says

    Tazona and family I send my condolences and will keep you in prayer????????.

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    Maya says

    Dear Gardner Family,

    Our deepest condolences to you for the loss of a Philippe. May the wonderful memories of him guide you and provide comfort through this difficult time.

    Maya, Lucy, Joseph, Jimmy, Bernie & Micky!

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    Armi Gapasin says

    My heartfelt condolences to the Gardner family. My fond memories of Philippe is when I would pick him up from the CDC as a young toddler he had a huge smile saying my mom told me I get to ride home with you. He was so excited and for me it was a joy. Rest In Peace Philippe! Love Armi

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    Reggie says

    My condolences to the Gardner family. Philippe will forever be missed and thankful for knowing him from high school through all these years later.

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    Arianna Brockington Briggs says

    Miss Marcia and family,

    You have my sincere condolences and prayers. Although I did not know Phillipe as well as other members of my family, I enjoyed the times we did encounter each other. Even in one of my darkest times, although he didn’t know me that well, he was truly a ray of sunshine — being supportive as if we had been best friends all our lives! I am grateful for his presence and the light of his spirit that will now forever shine on each of you. He loves you still and will forever live on in your hearts. May God continue to strengthen and comfort your family now and in the days to come.

    With Love, Hugs, and Prayers,
    Ari (Marcina’s Niece)

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