Walter A. Anderson, 78, loving husband of 50 years of Isabelle Downs Anderson passed away April 11, 2006 after a long illness. He was born in Branford, CT, Sept. 13, 1927 a son of the late Carl A. and Esther Bergstrand Anderson and resided in Bethany for 49 years before moving to Salem in 2005. He was the founder and proprietor of the Automatic Milk Vending Co. Mr. Anderson was an active member of the Lions Club of New Haven since 1971, having served as club president in 1982-1983, and was honored with the following awards; The Melvin Jones Fellow Award, the Knights of the Blind Award, and the Ambassador of Sight Award. He served in the US Army as a Corporal from 1950-1952 and with the US Army Reserve until 1956. Mr. Anderson was a 50 year member of the First Church of Christ Congregational of Bethany and had been Head Deacon and Trustee. He was an avid bowler in the Bethany Bowling League and New Haven Industrial League. In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Walter F. Anderson and his wife, Kathy of New Haven, Geraldine Deyermond and her husband, James of Andover, MA, Carol Johnson and husband Eric, of Bethany, and David Anderson and wife Laura, of Northford, grandchildren, Stacey & Kevin Anderson, Kelly & Laura Deyermond, Cassandra & Kayla Johnson, and Ashley & Ryan Anderson and a brother, Herbert Anderson of Hamden. Also survived by a great-grandson, Elijah James Sorrells born 4/13/06. He was predeceased by 2 sisters, Dorothy Marshall, Eleanor Rivoir and 2 brothers, Oscar & Paul Anderson. Funeral service Saturday, April 15, at 11 a.m. in the First Church of Christ Congregational, 511 Amity Rd., Bethany. Friends may call at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN Friday from 4-8 p.m. Interment with military honors in Carrington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Lions Club of New Haven, Charitable Trust, P.O. Box 8012 New Haven, CT 06530.

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  1. Dear Izzie – We were very sad to learn of Walt’s passing. We didn’t have your address after you moved from Bethany and wondered where you had moved to. Sorry to find out that you have lost your dear husband. Please let us know how to reach you in the future. Our sincerest condolences to you and your children. Dot & Cass

  2. Dear Izzie – We were very sad to learn of Walt’s passing. We didn’t have your address after you moved from Bethany and wondered where you had moved to. Sorry to find out that you have lost your dear husband. Please let us know how to reach you in the future. Our sincerest condolences to you and your children. Dot & Cass

  3. Dear Izzie – We were very sad to learn of Walt’s passing. We didn’t have your address after you moved from Bethany and wondered where you had moved to. Sorry to find out that you have lost your dear husband. Please let us know how to reach you in the future. Our sincerest condolences to you and your children. Dot & Cass

  4. Hi Gerry, I was saddened to hear that your Dad died, and glad to hear that you made it down just before he did. I am thinking of you and your family. Love, Gail

  5. I am so sorry for your loss, Uncle Wally was a positive influence in my life, He along with Uncle Herbie made the last years of my father’s and mother’s life’s very special They got my dad involved in the Lions Club and really made him feel part of the Anderson family I will never forget that. As a kid I always looked forward to the yearly picnic at Sleeping Giant . What was the best was who can remember the names of our Aunt’s and Uncle’s , I always won , but it was always better if they could remember our names. They always messed our names up. God Bless you all !!

  6. I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I REMEMBER WALT AS A GENTLE CARING MAN (EXCEPT WHEN HE WAS PLAYING CARDS WITH PAUL) CONDOLENCES –JULIE

  7. We are saddened to learn of the passing of fellow Lion Walter A. Anderson. We have lost not only a wonderful friend, but a fine gentleman whose dedication to Lionism knew no bounds. His years of organizing New Haven Lions to provide guides for trips for local Lions deserves special mention. He will be missed. Fellow Lion John Lyons and wife Ceil.

  8. We are so sorry to hear about Walt. Unfortunately, we will be out of town from Friday morning 4/14 until next week. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts. Sincerely George and Bette

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