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Howard R. Anderson

October 6, 1932 ~ April 6, 2017 (age 84)

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Howard R. Anderson, retired Chief of Police of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, passed away at home on April 6th after a lengthy period of failing health. Howard was 84 years old and was the husband of the late Susan (Ames) Anderson and the son of the late Wesley and Florence (Kerr) Anderson. Howard was a lifelong resident of West Bridgewater, graduating with the class of 1950. After high school he ran the H.R. Anderson Tile Company for 25 years and was a volunteer call fire fighter for the town of West Bridgewater. In order to support a growing family of 7 he became a permanent intermittent patrolman with WBPD in 1964. In 1972 he was promoted to Sargent, and in 1990 he rose to the highest rank of Chief of Police. He is said by many to be the most highly regarded Chief the town ever had. He was past President of the Plymouth County Chiefs of Police Association and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was also past President of the First Church of West Bridgewater and a member of the Pine Hill Cemetery Board of Directors.  During the early years of working two full time jobs he always found time to bring his 5 daughters fishing, toss a baseball, or play a game of cards. Howard enjoyed spending time with his family at his vacation home on Lower Lake Kimball in New Hampshire. Howard is survived by 4 daughters, Pamela Anderson-Livingston, Tracey Anderson-O’Brien and her husband Patrick, Kimberly Anderson-Gray, all of West Bridgewater, Sherry Anderson-Maroney and her husband Gregory of Lakeville, and a son-in law David Gray. He was the grandfather of Brooke and Kurt Livingston, Corey Lyons and Kristen Lyons Cardoso, Brandon, Taylor and Shelley Maroney, Collin and Derek O’Brien, Erica, Alyssa and Lauren Gray and Shay Chin. In addition to his loving wife, he was also predeceased by his daughter Lori Lyons, his grandsons, twins Wesley and Kyle Livingston, and his brother Robert Anderson.  He was the great-grandfather to his little buddy Carter Hogan, and Mia, Nathan and Brayden Chin. He is survived by his brother Richard Anderson of Wareham and sister Judith Mareb of Great Barrington. Following cremation, all are welcome to calling hours Wednesday 4-7 p.m. in Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St., Brockton, funeral service Thursday at 11 a.m. in Waitt Funeral Home and burial at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Bridgewater. 

 Service Information

Calling Hours
April 12, 2017

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Waitt Funeral Home
850 North Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Funeral Service
April 13, 2017

11:00 AM
Waitt Funeral Home
850 North Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301

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