Roger M. Anderson, Jr., 63, of Hubbardston, MA passed away on September 1, 2015 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He passed peacefully in his daughter’s home with daughters Kristen and Rebecca at his side. He was born in January 1952 in Worcester, MA to Roger and Phyllis Anderson.
Roger was preceded in death by his father Roger M. Anderson, Sr. and his wife Margaret Newsham. Roger is survived by his mother Phyllis Anderson of Oxford, MA; his daughters Kristen Kelley and her husband Parrish of Gardner, MA, Rebecca Anderson and her significant other Paul Adkins of Ware, MA and Lisa Disney-Lapensohn of TX; his stepson Nathan Newsham and his wife Connie of Cumberland, MD; his brother Scott Anderson (Theresia Anderson); his sister Carol Gordon (Earl Gordon) of Worcester, MA; eleven grandchildren: Rachelle, Lance, Christopher, Caitlynn, Lexi, Jonathon, Bentli, Camille, Anthony, Samantha, and Ashlee; his close friend Barbara Howarth of Westminster, MA; one niece, one nephew, and other relatives.
Roger grew up in Oxford, MA. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1969. After high school hejoined the United States Air Force in 1969 and served for 4 years. Following his time in the service Roger continued his education by completing vocational training in the area of machine mechanics. Over the years he shared his mechanical expertise with local companies such as Weetabix and Norton before retiring in 2004.
Nearly every weekend in the mid to late nineties, Roger would be found in Epping, NH racing his 1968 Mercury Cougar named CATSAS down the ¼ mile track with Team Cougar (his wife, children, and grandchildren) in the stands. There was rarely a day you would not find Roger in his garage tinkering with one of his classic hot rods. On a beautifully clear day he would be found cruising through town on his Harley. Many days were spent enjoying his grandchildren. He had extraordinary love and compassion for his best pal Jake and all other animals.
A private graveside memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 E. 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128-6804.