Douglas E. Anderson Sr.
Port Clyde — Douglas Edwin Anderson Sr., 96, entered into rest with his Lord, surrounded by his family, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.
Born in Thomaston, he was the second of four sons of Edwin A. and Helen B. Darby Anderson. Douglas was raised in Thomaston, where his father was fire chief and ran Anderson Café. Attending local schools, he was a member of Thomaston High School’s class of 1935.
In earlier years, Douglas worked as a machinist at Whitensville Machine in Worcester, Mass. and later at Bath Iron Works and at Camden Shipyard. He served four years with the Maine National Guard.
July 1, 1938, he married Verena R. Davis in Thomaston, where they made their first home. They later moved to Port Clyde, where they have since resided.
During the early years of World War II, Douglas built and managed sardine processing plants in Port Clyde for the Zwecker family, and in Rockland for the Witham family. He spent the rest of his career as a lobster fisherman out of Port Clyde. He continued lobstering until his retirement at the age of 89; and, at one time, was recognized as the oldest Port Clyde fisherman.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing well into his 90s, with family and friends. He loved sharing memories and stories of his youth in Thomaston and Rockland.
Douglas was a member of Port Clyde Advent Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder.
Predeceased by a son, Ronald D. Anderson in 1994, and three brothers, Donald, Howard, and Vaughn; Douglas is survived by his beloved wife of 75 years, Verena of Port Clyde; two sons and their wives, Larry C. and Gail Anderson of Rockland and Phoenix, Douglas Jr. and Rhonda Anderson of Port Clyde and Bonita Springs, Fla.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Port Clyde Advent Christian Church, where a celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Pastor Randall Thissell will officiate. Interment will follow in South Parish (Ridge) Cemetery in Martinsville.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Port Clyde Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 268, Port Clyde, ME 04855, or St. George Firefighters and Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 249, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. To share a memory or story with the Anderson family, please visit Douglas’ Book of Memories at bchfh.com.