Obituary: John F. Anderson, Sr., 96

by | Jun 19, 2020

John F. Anderson, Sr., 96, a lifelong resident of East Greenwich, passed away June 17, 2020.

He was the husband of Barbara P. (Rayhill) Anderson. Born on the corner of First Avenue and Main Street in East Greenwich, he was a son of the late Ivar and Ingrid (Algren) Anderson.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughters,

John and Barbara Anderson

Anderson and her husband Ronald Sarro, Jody Wilkett and her husband Dwayne and Bonnie J. Anderson; step children, Joseph and Anthony Salema; siblings, Marjorie Cookson and Robert Anderson; 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was the father of the late John F. Anderson, Jr. and the brother of the late Clinton and Raymond Anderson, Muriel Johnson, Marguerite Carcieri and Mary Ann Drake.

Mr. Anderson was a retired machinist having worked at Bostich and a WWII Army Veteran. 

He joined the U.S. Army at age 19 in 1943 and served as a corporal in both North Africa and Europe during World War II with the Battery B 112 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. 

After the war, he returned to East Greenwich and worked as a machinist at Bostitch for more than 30 years. He also played on the town football and basketball teams.

John F. Anderson Sr. circa 1943.

Six years ago, daughter Bonnie found a bunch of papers dating back to WWII, mentioning the various medals he was awarded during his time in the Army. She asked him where the medals were and he said he’d never received them. With Sen. Jack Reed’s help, the medals were finally bestowed on John in a ceremony in May 2014, when John was 90 years old. 

The awards were:

  • Army’s Good Conduct Medal
  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, with a Bronze Star attachment
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Honorable Service lapel button
  • Marksman Badge
  • Rifle Bar

His funeral will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Visit Hill Funeral Home’s website HERE for full obituary and online condolences.

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Mark Olivier
Mark Olivier
June 19, 2020 3:38 pm

Sorry for your loss

Alan Clarke
Alan Clarke
June 22, 2020 9:56 am

I think I was a teenager when I found out his real name was John. All my life he was “Tubby”. I think most people knew him by that name. There is a legend that I’m, not sure I have right — and any Anderson can correct me — but it started out as “Chubby” by a neighbor because he was a fat little fellow. But Mama Ingrid didn’t want to hear Chubby but she allowed Tubby to be okay. It stuck, apparently. If this town is known for anything, it is the nicknames that stick.
Who is/was John Anderson? Why that is/was Tubby, of course. There’s only a few who could be known as Mr. East Greenwich. He was one of them.

Claire Lafontaine
Claire Lafontaine
June 23, 2020 11:54 am

John was a wonderful man and tks to his wife Barbara he was well taken care of.Of course Bonnie was always there also.I live in the same Bldg that John and Barbara do and I found them to be so loving and caring to everyone


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