Sydney Norman Anderson of Inverness, Fla., formerly of Lakewood, passed away on July 11, 2014 at Avante of Inverness at the age of 96. He was born Nov. 13, 1917, in Jamestown, N.Y., to the late David G. and Lillian M. Greenwood Anderson. He was married Nov. 8, 1941, to Gretchen Lindquist Anderson, who died July 17, 1990.
Surviving are three children and their spouses: Jeffrey D. and Diane Anderson of Denver, Colo., Linda A. and Peter Dawson of Lakewood, N.Y., and Neil A. and Mariela Anderson of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; as well as eight grandchildren: David E. Anderson and his wife, Melissa, of Minneapolis, Minn., Shea C. Anderson of Denver, Colo., Campbell A. Dawson and his wife, Sarah of Boulder, Colo., Thomas "Mac" Dawson and his wife, Jennifer of Jamestown, N.Y., Patrick G. and his wife, Maria Emilia of Eagle, Colo., Neil Alejandro Anderson of New York, N.Y., Maximillian E. Anderson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Gretchen C. Anderson of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna Smith of Deptford, N.J.; and his loving companion, Beth Kaler of Inverness, Fla. In addition to his wife Gretchen, he was preceded in death by his brother, Burton M. Anderson; and his sister, Delores Sullivan Anderson.
Sydney graduated from Jamestown High School in 1936. Except for the time he spent in military service, he worked in the family business, Anderson Cleaners, from the age of 14 until he and his brother Burton sold it in 1976. He founded Jamestown Armored Car in the late 1960s and sold it when he retired.
But the career he loved most and continued into his 90s, was researching and investing in the stock market. He was proud of winning first place in the St. Petersburg Times Off-Wall Street Stock Challenge in 1990. Memberships include the Sportsmen's Club, Lakewood Kiwanis, Lakewood Rod & Gun and The Cabin.
He served on the Village of Lakewood Board of Trustees, as a Lakewood reserve policeman, and as president of the Inverness Village Homeowners Association. He attended the United Methodist Church in Lakewood, N.Y., and the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, Fla.. He enjoyed golfing, skiing, fishing, auctions and traveling.
Sydney served in the New York State National Guard Co. E 174th Infantry based in Jamestown, until called by President Roosevelt to serve in the U.S. Army in 1940 and to be prepared if needed to assist England against Germany. When he completed his term as a foot soldier and expert rifleman in the Army, he enlisted in the SEABEES, where after training men to shoot the 30 caliber Carbine, he was transferred into the regular Navy and sent to the South Pacific. He set up and operated a laundry for 2,200 men, first in the Admiralty Islands and then in the Philippines, where his unit was responsible for Philippine Liberation. He earned a Victory Medal in the Asiatic Pacific American Campaign.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 30, at St. Luke's Church in Jamestown. The Rev. Luke Fodor, will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lillian and David Anderson Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701; or any charity of your choice.