John Robert Anderson

June 29, 1940 ~ September 30, 2020 (age 80)


On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, John Robert Anderson, loving husband of Ginny for 58 years, passed
away at age 80.
John was born on June 29, 1940 in Quincy, MA, the second of eight children born to Carl Ivan Anderson and
Kathryn Murphy Anderson. John graduated from Randolph MA High School in 1958 and studied engineering
at Northeastern University. John also served for 5 years in the US Army Reserves. He was a career
mechanical engineer, working for a number of Boston-area companies, ending his career as an engineer for
Motorola. John married Virginia Irene Dew (Ginny) on July 21, 1962, and they raiser three children in
Stoughton, MA: two sons, John Jr. and Michael, and one daughter, Karen.
John was an athlete who enjoyed swimming, and playing golf and tennis. He had a passion for travel,
particularly with Ginny, and together they enjoyed trips to England, Ireland, Amsterdam and Sweden. John
was especially happy to have visited Wimbledon, as well as Beijing and Hong Kong with his son John Jr. He
was an involved and loving father, coaching baseball and basketball teams and chaperoning field trips. John
and Ginny were active members of their parish community at Our Lady of the Rosary in Stoughton, and John
sang in the church choir and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. In retirement, John and Ginny
moved to the Charleston, SC area, and he enjoyed bird watching and rooting for his beloved Boston sports
teams, particularly the Red Sox.
John was preceded in death by his parents and by his brothers, Carl and Richard and his sister, Elizabeth.
He is survived by his loving wife Ginny, his three children, his sisters Judith and Susan, his brothers David
and Roger, and his six grandchildren: John III, Marisa, Daniel, Christopher, Kaitlyn, and Alison. 
In Lieu of flowers, in this dire time of need, donations in John’s name may be made to the Great Boston Food
Bank (

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Funeral Mass
June 5, 2021

10:30 AM
St. James Church
560 Page Street
Stoughton, MA 02072

June 5, 2021

11:45 AM
Evergreen Cemetery, Stoughton
1100 Washington St
Stoughton, MA 02072

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