Chief Leonard Anderson, WFD, re-tired, age 82 years, died in his East Walpole home surrounded by his family on Monday, June 10, 2013. Born in Boston, MA on March 6, 1931, he was a son of the late A. Leonard and Grace M. (Doyle) Anderson. Beloved husband of Ruth P. (Silvestri) Anderson. Loving father of Patrick L. Anderson of Boston, William E. Anderson of Sharon, and Judith M. Anderson of East Walpole; cherished grandfather of Erin M. Andersson of Arlington, Patricia G. Rocha of Mansfield, Kate, Patrick, Jesse, and Molly Anderson of Sharon; great-grandfather of Austin and Jared Rocha of Mansfield; brother of John D. Anderson of Stoughton and Richard L. Anderson of W. Bridgewater. Leonard graduated from Stoughton High School with the Class of 1948. He entered into the Submarine Corp with the United States Navy and served his country just after World War II. He founded Anderson Electrical Contractors of Walpole in 1961. He was appointed to the Walpole Fire Department in 1966 as a firefighter, promoted to Lieutenant in 1972 and sworn in as Chief of the Department in January 1983, serving until July of 1996 when he retired. He was a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts and the Norfolk County Fire Chiefs Association. He has been a resident of Walpole since 1954, moving there from Stoughton and Norwood. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial that will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Church, 176 Washington St., East Walpole on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 9 a.m. Visiting hours are Friday, June 14, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common St., Walpole. Interment will be in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton. Memorial donations may be made to: Walpole Fire Department Ambulance Fund, c/o Walpole Fire Department, 2 Stone St., Walpole, MA 02081; or ALS Association Boston Chapter, 315 Norwood Park South, 1st Floor, Norwood, MA 02062.
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Walpole, MA 2081
Published in The Enterprise on June 12, 2013