In memory of Clayton E. Anderson December 5, 1927 – November 16, 2017
Clayton E. Anderson, known as “Bud” from the cradle, was called home to GLORY on November 16, 2017, just 19 days shy of his 90th birthday. Though born in Waterbury, CT on December 5, 1927 to Edward and Myrtle Anderson, Bud also came to call Berne, NY; Winter Bay, PEI; Boise, ID; and Boca Raton, FL home throughout his life. He graduated from Naugatuck High School (1944), Boston University (1952), and Union College (Masters of Education, 1955), and served with the US Navy (1946-47). A teacher by profession, Bud taught at Frisbie Elementary (CT), Shenendehowa High (NY), overseas with the US Air Force in France and Britain (1956-60), and at Niskayuna High (NY), where he became the Chair of the Social Studies Department. After 29 years at Niskayuna, Bud retired in 1989.
The Andersons’ home in Berne provided Bud with opportunities to tap maple trees, garden, split wood, as well as raise goats, steers, pigs, and chickens. He had a knack for writing, photography, and painting, and enchanted us all when he read Robert Service’s poetry aloud by the cottage firelight. In addition to being an avid walker and nature lover, Bud was fond of the Dodgers, the Waltons, and homemade bread.
Bud was the faithful husband of 60 years to his devoted wife Phyllis (née Colsell); a loving father to Jan, John (Catherine), and Jeffrey (Darcy) Anderson; a very dear Grampa to Francine (Maxime Hémond), Zoë Toupin, Samuel (Chantel), Olivia, Hannah, Noah, and Lucy Anderson; an ecstatic Great-Grampa to Chloé Hémond; and a beloved uncle to Esther (Thom) Fiorini, Peter (Connie) Loescher, Ruthie (Michael) Ireland, Tim (Christa) Loescher, David (Yenni), and Chris Pollitt (Michelle Houle). He was preceded into glory by his sister Nancy Loescher (Ron), niece Sharon Pollitt, and sister-in-law Eleanor Pollitt (Ed).
Bud will be remembered as a man who loved the Lord with all his heart. In little matters and big, he served God faithfully, driven by the passion of reaching a lost world for Christ. Over the years, he was involved in the Albany City Mission, Camp Berea, Bellevue Gospel Chapel, and Charlottetown Bible Chapel. His message of God’s love inspired people as far as Yaroslav, Russia, where he and Phyl labored for Christ after Bud’s retirement. Though he will be dearly missed, we rejoice in knowing that he is now in the presence of his Savior.
Friends and family will gather on Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 pm in the lounge (community room) of Starlite Condominiums (555 NW Avenue, Boca Raton, Florida 33432) for a celebration of Bud’s life. A light supper will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mission Aviation Fellowship International https://www.maf.org/donate