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ANDERSON, William R. 95, born on Staten Island, NY, died peacefully a few days after a major heart attack. Mr. Anderson, star basketball center for Port Richmond High School went on to St. John's University on a basketball scholarship where he was coached by Joe Lapchick who was then just starting his coaching career. Mr. Anderson left St. John's after two years to earn money using his good hand-eye coordination to catch rivets while building ships on Staten Island. He joined the NYPD in 1940 and during the course of 33 years attained the rank of full inspector. As captain of the Flatbush precinct he was on the scene during the events that led to the film, Dog Day Afternoon. Later, he was put in command of plainclothesmen in the Bronx after the NY Times broke the Serpico story. His loving wife of 67 years, Margit, artist and pianist, predeceased him by 2 years. He is survived by his only son, Daniel, his daughter-in-law, Libby, 3 nieces and 3 nephews. A private memorial will be planned in Stoneham, MA. For online condolences please visit www.lanefuneral.com Lane Funeral Homes Winchester-Burlington 781.729.2580
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Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 21, 2012
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