Robert Allen Anderson

1922 ∼ 2019

Robert Allen Anderson

Robert Allen Anderson Hyannis Port – Robert Allen Anderson, loving husband of the late Tamara V. Anderson, died peacefully in his Hyannis Port home with family by his side. Mr. Anderson is survived by his son, Robert N. Anderson of Clear Lake, TX; daughter, Karen E. Smith of Boston, MA; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, his younger sister, Ruth Berry, and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, on July 7, 1922 to parents Ruben E. Anderson and Nellie E. (Sandstrom) Anderson. He moved with his family to Hyannis in 1926, and grew up with his six siblings on Louis Street. His younger sister, Maia, reminisced that “Bob could build or fix anything.” As a young boy, he had free access to his father’s tools and workshop. He built elaborate wooden carts for his younger sisters; a dive helmet he welded from a hot water tank and fitted with a hand cranked air pump that he and his younger sister successfully tested out on Hathaway’s Pond.  He had the freedom of growing up on Cape Cod when there were more horses than cars, enjoying baseball, camping and hunting for rabbits and pheasants, going to the beach and sailing. He worked with his father in his plumbing business and received his Master Plumbing License by the age of twenty.

Bob graduated from Barnstable High School in 1940, and from Norwich University with a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1947, as a member of the Class of 1944. He also attended MIT and Rutgers University as part of his military training.

While at Norwich University, Bob enlisted and served in World War II as an Army Officer in the China Burma India Theater (CBI). He was a decorated First Lieutenant, Cryptographic Repair Officer in the 3198th Signal Service Battalion. Following graduation from Norwich University in 1947, Bob joined the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. In 1950, he was recalled to serve in the Korean War, as First Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps.

Following his honorable discharge in 1952, Bob took a three month leave of absence from NJ Bell to build his Hyannis Port home with his brother, Arvid. Bob returned to NJ Bell, serving in several management positions during his 30-year career. He retired as District Plant Manager, Switching Systems, in 1977 for a change of lifestyle in Hyannis Port. Bob became a real estate broker and appraiser, and later, a general contractor and property manager.

During WWII in Shanghai, Bob met Tamara Venedictovna Bedrina, the love of his life and future wife. On their first date, they danced to a big band at the French Club playing “Green Eyes” and enjoyed dancing together from then on. He took great joy in their family, devoting himself to their children and grandchildren. He always took time to listen to them, teach them, engage in their activities and simply have fun with them. Bob loved working together with Tamara on their homes, gardening, fishing, quahogging, going to beach and bird watching. He was an avid golfer, waiting until he was 80 years old to sink two hole-in-ones.

Bob served as a member of the Montclair NJ Rotary Club, the Clifton NJ Optimist Club, the Telephone Pioneers of America, and as a Barnstable Town Meeting Representative. He also enjoyed a 48-year membership at the Hyannis Port Yacht Club.

Bob’s curiosity, positive outlook, analytical mind, thoughtfulness, strong work ethic and love of nature, kept him active and productively engaged throughout his life. When asked why he always woke up at 5 am, he simply said that he didn’t want to miss out on anything a new day might bring.

A private service and burial will be held at later date at the Bourne National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Robert Allen Anderson’s honor to either: 1) St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church of Centerville, “In memory of Robert Allen Anderson”, and sent to: St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church of Centerville, 1130 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632; or 2) The Federated Church Hyannis,  “In memory of Robert Allen Anderson” and sent to: The Federated Church of Hyannis, 320 Main Street, Hyannis, MA  02601, or 3) Norwich University, “In Honor of Robert Anderson ‘44 ‘” and sent to: Norwich University, Attn: Advancement Services/Gifts, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663

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Memorial donations may be made in Robert Allen Anderson’s honor to either: 1) St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church of Centerville, “In memory of Robert Allen Anderson”, and sent to: St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church of Centerville, 1130 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632; or 2) The Federated Church Hyannis,  “In memory of Robert Allen Anderson” and sent to: The Federated Church of Hyannis, 320 Main Street, Hyannis, MA  02601, or 3) Norwich University, “In Honor of Robert Anderson ‘44 ‘” and sent to: Norwich University, Attn: Advancement Services/Gifts, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663

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Robert Allen Anderson

1922 ∼ 2019

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