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JEFFREY WILLIAM ANDERSON "If music be the food of love, play on." William Shakespeare. Along with good food, wine and great conversation, music was a necessity of life for our father, Jeffrey William Anderson. He played the clarinet, organ and piano. He also sang in numerous church choirs, most recently at St. Luke's Anglican Church. He began his journalism career as a music critic for the Winnipeg Free Press in the late 1950s and later became a music producer in both radio and television for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); producing award-winning documentaries and national radio shows, such as Sound Reviews, an innovative classical music program that was very popular with CBC FM listeners in the late 1970s. The high point of his career was being appointed as the head of CBC's radio and television bureau in London, England during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Here, he interviewed newsmakers as diverse as Malcolm Muggeridge, Ted Heath and John Cleese. He also supervised coverage of the conflict in Northern Ireland, and showcased some of England's greatest composers, including Benjamin Britten, Arthur Bliss and Michael Tippett. He later developed a close working relationship with Tippett, producing a festival of his music in Toronto in 1980. After the CBC, he taught broadcast journalism at the University of Western Ontario, and continued to write about classical music. As a retiree, our father worked tirelessly to promote music and the arts in Winnipeg. While an active board member of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO), he researched and wrote program notes, recommended guest performers and managed the MCO's record and CD store for several years. While music was his life's passion, our father was also a voracious reader, avid gardener, swimmer and traveller. He also enjoyed summer visits with family and friends at Ponemah and Victoria Beach on Lake Winnipeg. The son of composer W. H. Anderson and Marcelle Anderson, our father was blessed with a large, loving and supportive family. He was predeceased by his brother David, sisters Angele and Marie, and survived by his sisters Evelyne, Gabrielle and brother Paul. Jeffrey W. Anderson, 85, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, died March 18, 2014 at St. Boniface Hospital, after battling cancer for almost two years. He is survived by Adele (Heidi), the love of his life and his wife of 58 years, his three sons Michael, Jeffrey and David, his six grandchildren, Annie, Natalia, Callum, Gabrielle, William and Patrick, and his daughters-in-law, Katia, Elise and Isabelle. We would like to acknowledge his nephew David and niece Marcie, as well as his close friends Nicola Schaefer, Allen Mills and Chris Dafoe for their tremendous support during his final years. We would also like to thank Kevin Krochak, his home care workers, especially Bertram, St. Boniface CancerCare, Dr. Paul Daeninck and his assistant, Tracy Chornopyski, Dr. Chakrabory, and the nurses and staff on floor 6E at St. Boniface Hospital. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 130 Nassau Street North, on Tuesday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation at THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 22, 2014

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I remember meeting Jeffrey Anderson the summer of 1970 at Victoria Beach, and even at that young age I was struck by how dapper and sophisticated he looked! I send my deepest condolences to the Anderson family. - Posted by: Catherine Pycock (Neice of Jeffrey's sister Evelyne Anderson Lamont) on: Mar 30, 2014

  • My condolences to all the family for your loss. - Posted by: Ali Lamont ((Lamont cousin)) on: Mar 25, 2014

  • My condolences to all who knew Jeffrey Anderson. He was a very gifted individual who seemed to be generous with his gifts and by so doing enriched the lives of many. - Posted by: David Zapparoli (Friend of his son, Michael) on: Mar 25, 2014

  • It was always a pleasure to go out for dinner or drinks in London, knowing that Jeffrey would be there on one of his rare visits, with his great sense of humour and fund of anecdotes. - Posted by: Jonathan Woolley (fellow Canadian friend of the London crowd) on: Mar 25, 2014

  • Growing up in Winnipeg as a friend of the Taylor/Anderson Family - I have very fond mamories of Jeffrey. Then when the family moved to Ontario there were many more happy gatherings. My condolences to all the family. Very fondly, Carol Nitikman Foster - Posted by: Carol Nitikman Foster (friend of the family) on: Mar 25, 2014

  • I will miss you Uncle Jeff. I remember growing up in the 1960s with the Sunday afternoon visits at Phonemah in the summer and the big family dinners at Brock street in the winter. You and the other Andersons and Lamonts would inevitably have lively debates on just about everything under the sun. You had an extensive knowledge of a wide range of topics, a great sense of humour and you were a great guy to listen to. The Andersons were high achievers and, as with your brother David, I never realised how much you did in your life until it was over. You were quite awesome. - Posted by: MICHAEL TAYLOR (Nephew) on: Mar 24, 2014

  • never worked with Jeff but met him through our dear friend Mary Macfadyen and over a few years spent quite a bit of time with him. Great fun, bright, generous etc. He will be missed. - Posted by: bill boyd (toronto cbc friend) on: Mar 23, 2014

  • Jeffrey was a dynamic and welcome presence in the lives of the Whitehead family and was an older surrogate brother to me in my younger years. His is a fond memory which will remain with me. My husband, Richard, joins me in sending our condolences to Heidi, the children, and the extended Anderson family. - Posted by: Shelagh Cohen (nee Whitehead) (family friend) on: Mar 23, 2014

  • We have many fond memories of Jeff, including the wonderful family gatherings for Christmas dinners and summer gatherings when the Anderson's lived in Ontario. He will be fondly remembered. - Posted by: MICHELE & DOUG HOOK (Michele is Jeff's niece.) on: Mar 23, 2014

  • Our deepest sympathy for the lost of your husband and your father Jeffrey. - Posted by: Rose-Marie & Roger Léger (Parents of Isabelle ) on: Mar 22, 2014

  • May Jeffrey William Anderson taste music, good food, wine and great conversation above , for ever and ever. Au revoir, Monsieur Anderson Simone, Lionel, David et Nicolas De Ruyver - Posted by: Lionel and Simone De Ruyver (Friends) on: Mar 22, 2014

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