Henry J. Anderson

March 10, 1931 - July 30, 2018 

Henry J. Anderson

March 10, 1931 - July 30, 2018 

Obituary for Henry J. Anderson

Henry Anderson of Manahawkin, formerly of Columbus, passed into Eternity on July 30, 2018 in Mt. Holly at the age of 87. Son of the late Raymond and Mary Anderson of Bordentown, he was predeceased by his wife, Ethlyn, children Elizabeth and Steven, and siblings Raymond Anderson of Michigan and Jean Bentz of Bordentown. He leaves children Ronald (Linda) of Southampton; Patricia Holmes of Mt. Laurel; Henry (Richard) of Ft. Lauderdale; Catherine Harris of Bordentown; Daniel of Argyle, Wisconsin; Judith Craft (Bill) of Westampton; John of Ft. Lauderdale; Christine Brazil (Michael) of Painted Post, New York; and Deana Awdiok (Joe) of Roebling; along with 34 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and beloved friend and companion Pat Hughes of Manahawkin.

Henry was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Church in Bordentown where he served in his youth as altar boy, then later on the fundraising committee and as a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He graduated from St. Mary’s Elementary and Trenton Catholic High School before beginning a 41-year career with General Motors in Ewing. Henry worked as a custodian before entering the tool-and-die maker apprentice program, working his way up to foreman and eventually superintendent of the tool room. He was grateful to have a means to provide for his growing family so that his wife could remain at home to raise their children as she wished. For this reason, he looked at General Motors as more than just a job, and gave it his all. He was well-respected as a fair and level-headed supervisor, helping and encouraging many others along their career paths with the company.

After retiring, Henry remained active, hiking and biking, learning how to do stained glass work, cooking new recipes, and carving bird decoys. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially Long Beach Island, Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, and the Grounds for Sculpture, and he loved to travel. He will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity and his willingness to lend a helping hand by painting, mowing grass, and making household repairs for friends and family. Henry always said that his greatest treasure was his family, and he was indeed a very rich man in that regard. He lived a full life, spending time with those he loved and encouraging others to make the most of each day. In his memory, donations may be made to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (fpwr.org) in honor of his great-granddaughter, or donor’s charity of choice.

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