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BEVERLY, MA: Louis F. Anderson, 89, of Beverly, formerly of Rockport, husband of Alice L. (Wonson) Anderson, died at Kaplan Family Hospice House on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Born in Gloucester on December 16, 1925, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Hilda (Forss) Anderson. Lou retired as Chief of Police in Rockport in 1983, after 33 years of service to the town as a police officer. Following his retirement, he and Alice relocated to Ocala, Fla., where they enjoyed many years of fun and friendship, especially on the golf course. Lou and Alice returned to the North Shore last year to be closer to their family. A veteran of World War II, Lou attended Gloucester schools until, at age 17, he enlisted in the US Seabees, serving for nearly three years in New Guinea and the Islands of the Philippines. He and Alice met via mail during the war, when he received a letter of support from Alice, a friend of his niece. That letter led to 68 wonderful years of marriage. They were best friends, who enjoyed being active, taking long walks, and were former members of the Oak Run Square Dance Club. An avid reader and learner, Lou continued his education at North Shore Community College, Northeastern University, the FBI Investigators’ school, and other programs. He was a member of the Edward Peterson Post #98, Rockport American Legion, Ashler Lodge of Masons, 113th USNR Seabees, and several police organizations including the Massachusetts Police Association, the Essex County Police Association, and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. In addition to his loving wife, Alice, Lou’s survivors include his children, Stephen and his wife, Janice of West Newbury, Bob and his wife, Mary, and Sandy and her wife, Meg Wallace, all of Rockport; and grandchildren, of whom he was so proud, Alida, Kathryn, Michael and his wife, Jessica, and Elizabeth, all of Massachusetts.

His graveside service will be held in Beech Grove Cemetery, Rockport on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 4, 2015
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