John Anderson

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John Crispin Anderson VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - John Crispin Anderson (better known as Jace to close friends and family), age 54, died peacefully at home with his family/friends present in Virginia Beach, VA, on June 17, 2013, after a brief illness. Born February 4, 1959 in Long Island, NY, to John O Anderson and Joanne M Anderson, he attended Catholic Central High School where he excelled in academics and soccer, attended SUNY Albany where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree and graduated from the US Naval Post Graduate School Monterrey with a Master's Degree. John served in the United States Navy active duty until he retired October 1, 2012, attaining the rank of Commander. On April 27, 1992, he married Debra and they have been married for over 21 years. His Navy career took him around the globe from Japan, Kuwait, Diego Garcia to the Phillippines and crisscrossing the United States. When growing up he loved skiing with his family at Jiminy Peak which included his mother who didn't ski but provided encouragement. He looked forward to visiting relatives in Elmira, NY, and hunting with his father, brother and Uncle Hank. John loved the holidays and brought that joy to his daughter Elizabeth. They would decorate the house (inside and out) and put out his Dickens Villages. His other favorite time of the year was Fall, changing of colors and Halloween. His favorite pastime was to sit and rock in his favorite chair on the patio, his devoted dog Whisper by his side, drink in hand and read from his large selection of cook books. John will be especially remembered for his thoughtful gifts, witty personality, love of the holidays, was always up for a good joke or a board game and a bad day of golf at the golf course. Survivors include his wife Debra (Virginia Beach, VA), daughter Elizabeth (Virginia Beach, VA), step-son William Garrison III (Englewood, CO), step-daughter Melissa Garrison (Ft. Bragg, NC), grandchildren Steven, Ian, Sarah and Kaori, brothers Gerard (wife Annegret) (Port Washington, NY), Edward (Wyantskill, NY), sisters Martha (Wyantskill, NY), Elizabeth (Bitty) Champitto (Troy NY), nieces Kristina (Long Island, NY) and Ava (Troy, NY), his life-long friend Jean (San Francisco, CA) and close family friend Carol (Virginia Beach, VA). John was preceded in death by his father (John O Anderson) and his mother (Joanne M Sheedy Anderson). A private graveside service will be held at Saratoga Springs, NY once arrangements are finalized. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome at Sentara Health Foundation, 6015 Poplar Hall Drive, Suite 208, Norfolk,VA 23502-3819. Annotate donation to Hospice Services – Virginia Beach in memory of John C Anderson. Special thanks to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, Step down care unit (5B), Sentara Palliative Care and Sentara Hospice, all the doctors, nurses and staff at Sentara/Sentara Hospice, Chaplain Chris, Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory, friends and family for their help and support.

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Published in The Record on June 22, 2013
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