Russell Lee Anderson

July 29th, 1921 to July 30th, 2011

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Russell Lee Anderson, a beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend peacefully on July 30th, 2011 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife Margaret (Buddy), daughter Deborah Lee, sons Russell Jr. (Donna), David (Jody) and Mark (Julie), and grandchildren Katherine, Eric and Sophia and his sister Eileen. Born in New Westminster, Russell was the fourth son of a large family of 9 children. In 1941 at the age of nineteen he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was sent to Halifax, the first time away from his family and hometown. He saw active duty during WWII as a signal coder on several ships; he became an officer and an officer trainer during his service. On February 14th 1947 he married Margaret (Buddy) Hoskin; his loving wife and friend of 64 years. Russ received a BA and B.Ed from UBC and a MA from the University of Western Washington and became a secondary school teacher and counsellor in Surrey/White Rock. He also completed the Radiological Defence Officer program with the Department of National Defence. Russ was an enthusiastic seeker of knowledge in many subjects. He loved music, played several instruments and his singing virtuosity was well recognized by all who new him. A “Science Guy” at heart as well as an astute business man… he built the Rodeo Drive-in and started the first Christmas tree farm in the Lower Mainland along with numerous business enterprises. In the early 80’s Russ and Buddy “retired” to living in Desert Hot Springs and “ the Lake” at the Lawrence Beach in Vernon, B.C where they had been summering at their place for over 40 years. They enjoyed their time in both places making great life long friends.

Russ will be sorely missed; our many fond memories will live on forever in our minds and hearts. His spot at the head of the table will be always!

Thank you for the food we eat

Thank you for the birds that sing

Thank you God for everything.

A reflection of Russ’s life will be held at “the cabin” @ 61 Lawrence Lane, Vernon, B.C. on Saturday, August 13th from 1pm to 3pm. A Lower Mainland celebration will be held at a later date.

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Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.

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