Charles Odell's Story
Mr. Charles Odell “Charlie” Anderson, Jr., 74, of Gloucester passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016, in the Kaplan Family Hospice Home after a lengthy illness. He was the loving husband of Gail B. (Moore) Anderson with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.
Charlie was born July 27, 1941, in Gloucester, son of the late Charles O. and Ruth L. (Johnson) Anderson. He was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1959, where he was the Drum Major. He went onto UMass Amherst where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology in 1965.
He worked as a Marine Biologist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife for 38 years, retiring in 2002. In 1994, he was the recipient of the Computer World/Smithsonian Award Government/Nonprofit Category for his excellence and innovation in computer technology. In 1996, he was recognized with a Citation of Outstanding Performance for his contribution to the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Law Enforcement. Before retiring, Charlie managed the Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Field Station in Gloucester and headed the statistics program.
In 1970, Charlie met all the professional requirements by the American Fisheries Society and was declared to be a Fisheries Scientist. In 2002, it was declared by the Board of the American Fisheries that he was recognized as a Fisheries Professional Emeritus. He was also a founding member of the Operations Committee and served as Chair to the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program. In 2003, he was recognized by the Coordination Council for his many years of dedication. In 2002, he was awarded the Finest Kind by Gloucester Adventures. He was also a long-time member of the Gloucester Conservation Commission and was a recipient of the Sawyer Metal.
He authored and co-authored many publications for the Division of Marine Fisheries while he was assigned to the Cat Cove Marine Lab in Salem. Charlie was a kind-hearted, thoughtful, generous person and will be missed by all who knew and loved him, especially Gail, his loving wife, who will always love Charlie and he will always be in her heart.
In addition to his Gail, Charlie is survived by his sister, R. Leslie Roberts of Gloucester; his twin nephews, Ronald Anderson Roberts and Donald Francis Roberts, both of Gloucester; his great-niece, Megan Roberts; his great-nephew, Jesse Roberts; his beloved devoted companions - his dogs, Schultz, Bella and the late Chauncey, Molly and Reagan.
Charlie’s Graveside Service will be in Beechbrook Cemetery, Essex Avenue (Route 133), Gloucester, on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie’s memory may be made to the Sepsis Alliance or the Kaplan Family Hospice Home, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester.
Published on  May 25, 2016