On January 28th, in a room overflowing with friends and family, Gregory Anderson passed away peacefully at the Saint John Regional Hospital.
After a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2013, Greg went on to experience some of his life's happiest events: having his children, Heather and Eric, move back to New Brunswick; seeing his daughter, Carly, get married, and becoming a grandfather to her children, Henry and Claudia; and being able to spend more time in his Hampton home with his wife of 39 years, Cathy.
Greg enjoyed a hard day's work — as evidenced by his gardens and the care he took of his property, including a meticulously stacked woodpile. He found contentment working outside, at his home or accomplishing a task with a friend — always willing to lend a hand. The seeds of his work ethic were planted at a young age, between helping out on the Darlings Island family farm and taking on early morning chores at the Nauwigewauk schoolhouse before his classes began.
Growing up in Nauwigewauk, Greg developed a sense of community at an early age, which continued to grow and flourish throughout his life. He spent years as a volunteer fire fighter for the Hampton Fire Department and, after a career with Air Canada, went on to pursue new hobbies and projects in the community.
Greg also knew how to enjoy himself and help others to do the same. Between Friday night ‘happy hours', music festivals, spending time with the boys at Snow's Hardware, and the Hampton Junior Oldtimers Hockey Club, he kept a full social calendar. With a great sense of humour and a genuine interest in the people around him, Greg was always the understated life of the party. Whether he was spinning yarns, effortlessly winning a game of cribbage, or singing along to the music of the evening, he brightened the space and shared his love of life and laughter with everyone around him. He shared his love of hockey with his family by flooding a home rink for his kids and, later, grandkids to learn to skate and play his favourite sport.
The support and love that comforted Greg in his last moments are a testament to the integrity and candour with which he conducted himself and his priorities in life. Not a day taken for granted, he noticed and appreciated the beauty in the everyday, his surroundings and the people in his community-wide family.
Survived by his wife Cathy; children Carly (Eric Porcellato), Heather and Eric; grandchildren Henry and Claudia; brother Michael (Linda) and sisters Susan, Leslie (Greg O'Brien), Mary Jane and Beverly. Gregory was predeceased by his parents Murray and Lillian Anderson.
The Andersons would like to express their most sincere gratitude to all the medical staff for their compassion and care over the years, in particular Dr. Reiman.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Reid's Funeral Home (506-832-5541), 1063 Main Street, Hampton, NB, where visitation will be held at on Friday, January 31, from 3 to 8 PM. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11 AM from Hampton United Church. Interment will take place in the spring at Hampton Rural Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Greg may be made to the David Walker Memorial Fund ( c/o YMCA Greater Saint John Endowment Fund) or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Personal condolences to the family and memorial donations may be made through ReidsFH.com