Eric Stanley Anderson

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Eric Stanley Anderson, loving partner of Alice Hamilton, passed away on August 24, 2013. He was born in Redmond, WA on August 5, 1925 to Gretchen and "Andy" Anderson.
After graduating from Redmond School, he enlisted for pilot training in the Air Force and served as a lifeguard in Merced, California during World War ll. He attended the University of Washington and Seattle University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and had a varied career working for the Bell Telephone Company, the Diversey Corporation, and the Lake Washington School District. Following his retirement, Eric delighted in taking year-long trips across the United States and Europe, was active in the Monroe Senior Center, was a certified Master Gardener, and spent countless hours working at the Monroe Food Bank garden.
Eric's primary passion, however, was woodcarving. He studied with Dudley Carter, a renowned Pacific Northwest woodcarver, and spent the last thirty years of his life in his workshop creating totem poles, beautiful and powerful tribal masks, and thousands of hand-painted, whittled figurines. Family members delighted in the annual Santa ornaments he carved for them. Instinctively, Eric saw beauty in the grain of a simple piece of wood. With chisel and mallet in hand, he transformed blocks of cedar into Native American stories about frogs and bears and eagles. A life-long member of the Quilceda Carvers club, Eric won a wall of blue ribbons for pieces he entered in state competitions and fairs. In his later years, Eric mentored novice carvers and enjoyed sharing his craft with them. He would spend months carving a large totem, which he then gifted to a favorite relative or friend. He never sold a single thing he carved.
Eric is survived by his older brother, John; his two sons, Bruce and Brian, and daughter, Kerry- children of Eric and Neva Sullivan (Iverson); his grandchildren, Mari,
Caley, Skyler, Bria, and Izak; and his great-granddaughter, Syvahn.
A memorial service was held on August 25, 2013 for family members and close friends in his favorite cathedral of trees next to the log home that he and Alice built together.
Eric will be dearly missed for his big heart, his passionate approach to life, and his generosity of spirit.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Sept. 5, 2013
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