John R. Anderson Sr.

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John Robert Anderson Sr., 85, of Southbury, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 12, surrounded by family and friends. He was the beloved husband of Carol (Skowronski) Anderson, with whom he would have celebrated 55 years of marriage this coming May. He was born on July 15, 1934 in Waterbury, the son of the late Oscar and Joanne (Lengyel) Anderson. He was raised in Naugatuck and graduated from the University of Connecticut in Storrs in 1956. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army after college and was a proud patriot. He started his illustrious career at Griffin Hospital in Derby, moving on to work as an executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of CT retiring after a successful 30 year career. He lived in Oxford for more than 42 years before moving to Southbury. He will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, love of his grandchildren and infectious smile.

Mr. Anderson enjoyed the very simple things in life — a walk on the beach in Duxbury, Mass., growing a beautiful flower garden, painting, feeding the backyard birds and reading a good book. When asked what he would like his obituary to say, he simply stated “that he loved his family, because nothing on this earth meant more to him than them.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, John R. Anderson Jr. and daughter Kristin M. (Anderson) Salisbury, his four grandchildren, Caroline, John III, Lily and Kate, who he was very devoted to; his sister Gretchen and brother in-law Nick DelRosso of Cheshire, and numerous very special nieces and nephews, all of whom loved their “Uncle John.” He was also predeceased by his beloved sister Karin Pellett, brothers-in-law, Walter E. and William J. Skowronski, and many special friends.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 733 Oxford Road, Oxford. A military honor salute followed the Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Valley Community Foundation, 253-A Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418. Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, 235 Main Street North, Southbury, was in charge of arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.