Robert (Bob) “Papa” Anderson, age 96, of Peabody, formerly of Lynn, and Lakeland, FL, died unexpectedly Friday July 24th in Doylestown, PA. He was the husband of Joanne (Pettigrew) Anderson with whom he shared nearly 47 years of marriage. He was born in Lynn on September 8th, 1923, to the late Gunner and Carrie (Barton) Anderson. Bob attended Lynn schools and graduated from Lynn English High School, Class of 1941. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. After the war, he was employed at the General Electric as a Process Control Engineer until he retired in 1983. From 1947-1950, he attended Boston University and received a degree in Basic and Advanced Business Management. He also owned and operated Anderson Catering, and along with his wife ran the Blueberry Patch Gift Shop in Lynn. They lived in Lakeland, FL from 1994 to 2010, at which time they returned to the North Shore Area. Bob was a former member of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Lynn and, at the time of his death, an active member of the Community Covenant Church in West Peabody. For 70 years he was a member of the Bethlehem Masonic Lodge in Lynn. Music was a very important part of his life, and most recently he was involved at the Peabody Senior Center where he sang and danced in the Annual Shows. In addition to his “bride,” he is survived by two daughters—Bonnie and her husband Paul Achterhof of Peterborough, NH, and Cathy and her husband Frank Kashner of Marblehead; one stepson, Rick Goodwin of Doylestown, PA; three step-daughters, Gayle A. Bastarache of Swampscott, Wendy E. and her husband John Pereira of Milton, and Nancy L. and her husband Michael Carrancho of Fredericksburg, VA. He had 14 grandchildren—Peter Lawrence, Jon Kashner, Jan Achterhof, Erika Sullivan, Grace Tenn, Kathy Bastarache, Michael Bastarache, Rachel Zenga, Jessica Nelson, Elizabeth Pereira, John Pereira, Matt Pereira, Katie Carrancho, Emily Carrancho; 6 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and a niece and nephew. He was also brother of the late Richard Anderson. Plans for a memorial service are underway, with details to be announced soon. The family asks that anyone who would like to honor Bob’s memory should make a donation in his name to the Roger B. Trask Adult Day Health Program/Peabody Council on Aging, 79 Central Street, Peabody, MA 01960, or through their website at http://www.peabodycoa.org/trask.html.
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