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Born: Mar 14, 1939

Date of Passing: Jan 10, 2022

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It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our father and grandfather Andrew Anderson. He passed peacefully Monday, January 10, 2022 at the Golden West Centennial Lodge, at the age of 82 years.
Andy is survived by his son Eric, daughter-in-law Heather, and his greatest treasures, granddaughters, Lauren and Brooke. Also survived by brothers, Mel and Ken, brother-in-law Gary (Carol) Horne, numerous nieces and nephews, and their families. Nephew Matthew and niece Kailie held an especially close place in their uncle Andy's heart.
He was predeceased by parents, Carl and Marietta, in-laws Alfred and Nan Horne, sister-in-law Linda, his beloved wife Donna, and infant son Douglas.
Andy was born March 14, 1939 in the Rainy River District, ON, spending his early years on the farm before moving with his family to McKenzie Island, ON as a young teen. He often said there was no better place to grow up than in Finntown, on the island with his brothers, and "sister" Arlie. Although he left the island briefly for employment, McKenzie Island was home, and Andy was a very well-known and respected island resident for over 60 years. It was here that he met Donna, the love of his life, the OR nurse from Southern Ontario who had never planned on staying, but became just as captivated with life in the north. They married in October, 1969 and welcomed their son Eric two years later.
Andy was the most devoted husband and father, and could always be found in a local rink, either supporting Eric's many hockey teams, volunteering for the minor hockey league, or goal judging with Ed Ratz. He enjoyed curling, bowling and any other activity that he was "volunteered" for. Friday nights were always kept for dinners in town with longtime friends The Thorpes, and weekends were for the lake with family. He loved his boat, and cruising the lake in his brother's houseboat. Many drinks and laughs were had when working on summer lakeside projects with the Poltronetti's, on getaway weekends at the M's, and when building and enjoying George and Toot's cabin at St. Paul's Bay. Each summer, Dad looked forward to driving the family down to Southern Ontario to catch up with Donna's family, drive through the States, take weekend trips to Manitoba, and see family out west.
Dad spent the majority of his career as a miner in the Red Lake area. He wasn't afraid of hard work, and made many lasting friendships along the way. This also carried over to the decades he served on the McKenzie Island Fire Department. He got along with everyone, was always there to help, and enjoyed working alongside his fellow islanders.
In recent years as Dad's health declined, he moved to Winnipeg to be closer to family. He made new friendships in his time at the Courts of St. James, The Westhaven and lastly at Golden West. The family wish to thank the caring neighbours, friends, and staff that made Dad's final years as comfortable as possible. You are all his angels.
As per Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held in Balmertown, ON this summer.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dad's memory to Golden West Centennial Lodge, 811 School Rd., Winnipeg, MB R2Y 0S8, or to a charity of one's choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I did a brief stint in the recreation department where Andy lived in his final days. He was always so friendly and attentive to his neighbours, helping one person in particular with their melancholy with his warm voice and caring smile. A true gentleman, may he rest in peace - Posted by: Ian Kehler (staff) on: Jan 27, 2022

  • Andy always had a smile and a story to share - often about island adventures! He and Donna welcomed our family up to McKenzie Island as we celebrated Eric and Heather’s engagement/upcoming wedding at the time. I remember it being a fun and beautiful weekend - getting to enjoy a tour of the surrounding sights on the houseboat (and some of Donna’s wonderful potato salad). He was a kind and generous spirit and I hope the stories and memories shared will bring comfort to those who were closest to him. In particular, sending a big hug to Eric, Heather, Lauren and Brooke. - Posted by: Erica Brown (Friend/family) on: Jan 19, 2022

  • Andy was truly a positive guy and a pleasure to bump into anywhere anytime! We also have fond memories of previously living on McKenzie Island ourselves, and Andy and Donna are among them. RIP Andy. Surely, a solid life well-lived. Our condolences to family and close friends. - Posted by: Russel Smart/Nancy Phillips (Friends) on: Jan 16, 2022

  • We got to meet Andy and Donna as casual aquaintences at Husavik Hall in the 1980's They would come out for weekend visits with family which often included an evening of socializing and dancing at Husavik Hall. At the time we would often notice a red headed boy bouncing around the room with his cousins.....Eric was to become our son-in-law,,,soul mate to our daughter Heather...and adoring 'dad' to Lauren and Brooke. Andy and Donna's memory lives on. - Posted by: Linda and Carl Weshnoweski (Friend/Family) on: Jan 16, 2022

  • Although I knew Andy only briefly while teaching on McKenzie Island in 1964-65, I recall him fondly as a kind and generous man. I lived next door to the Andersons, with "sister Arlie's" parents. - Posted by: Lorne McDonald (Friend) on: Jan 15, 2022

  • Sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. Always very sad to hear of folks from the island passing. Andy was certainly there for everyone. - Posted by: Jean(Kennedy) Johnson (Finntown friend) on: Jan 15, 2022

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