ANDERSON, Howard C. 97, our beloved father, grandfather, uncle and friend of Clearwater Beach passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Health Central Park in Winter Garden, FL. Howard was born on April 8, 1915 in Naugatuck, CT to Emil and Sallie Anderson. He graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1933 and Upsala College in East Orange, NJ in 1937. He worked as a chemist and banker before serving in World War II with the 110th Army Air Force Base Unit. Howard married Audrey Mae Kraemer of Oradell, NJ and moved to Largo in 1962 with their three sons. He became a successful small business owner before embarking on the dream of becoming a teacher. He taught at St. Paul's in Clearwater and Gulf High School in New Port Richey before retiring. However, his love of wanting to help others less fortunate than himself and of fixing things lead him to later own and manage a number of rental properties that he purposely rented to those most in need of housing. Throughout his marriage he and Audrey traveled the world, visiting China, Mexico, Egypt, Israel, and a dozen European countries. They served as ambassadors from Largo to the town's sister city of Tosayamada, Japan. They participated on numerous mission trips with Christ Presbyterian Church in Largo where he remained an active member for over 50 years. Howard was an avid volunteer for a number of organizations. His favorite was the decade he spent as a docent at Heritage Village in Largo where he donned the shopkeeper's apron to provide a glimpse of life in the early days of Pinellas County. Howard is survived by his three sons Richard of Pipersville, PA, Walter of South Pasadena, FL and Gregg of Windermere, FL; and a niece, Linda Meckley of Weston, CT; five grandchildren, Alec and Calvin Anderson, Windermere, FL, Caleb Anderson, St. Petersburg, FL, Kim Reynolds, Bend, OR, and Alison Rose, Pipersville, PA; and four great-grandchildren, Dylan, Megan, Sarah and Jak. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 4 pm at Christ Presbyterian Church, 3115 Dryer Avenue, Largo.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 24, 2012