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Jay Carl
Anderson
CLINTON, NEW YORK
Jay Carl Anderson, 89, passed away peacefully at home on August 6, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, New York on December 6, 1924 and raised in New Guinea as Jay liked to say, he was the son of Swedish immigrants. He spoke proudly about his life as a member of the Greatest Generation and was self-made in the successes he had in his life. Jay joined the U.S Army at age 18 serving as a Draftsman. His service placed him in the Pacific Campaign and he earned many awards and medals while in service to his country including the World War II Victory Medal. After the war, Jay arrived in Utica, New York with only his US Army sea bag. His Utica College education was paid for by the GI Bill, and he graduated in 1949. After, he attended the Pratt Institute of Art, in Brooklyn, New York and studied advertising design. Upon completing his education, Jay was hired as an artist for the advertising firm and he soon purchased a controlling interest, and changed the name to Anderson, Davis & Seeds, and ran it successfully for over 40 years. Jay was an innovator in marketing and conceived of what became known as the first ever two-tiered fare system for airline ticket sales. He worked with government regulators to allow his airline clients to sell tickets at different prices depending on time of travel. Jay was named Ad Man of the Year in 1983 of the Mohawk Valley Ad Club. In the 1970's, he transformed the Old Grange Hall in Clinton into the Clinton Cannonball Cinema. In addition to the advertising agency, and the Cannonball, he went on to open two more movie theaters in Little Falls, New York. Jay was instrumental in the expansion of the Kirkland Town Library through his service on the Capital Campaign Committee in the early 1990s and established the Viola Engman Fund, named after his beloved Aunt, and it is the largest named fund of the Library. Jay realized his personal goal of completing the 9.3 mile Utica Boilermaker road race in 1988. In addition to his wife, Sally Rose (Maslanka) Anderson, Jay leaves his brother and his wife, Gordon and June Anderson, of Whitesboro, New York; his childrens mother, Marion C. Anderson, of St. Petersburg, Florida; his three children and their spouses, Mark and Katie Anderson, of Westborough, Mass., David and Denise Anderson of Clinton, New York, and Bill and the Honorable Mayor Carolyn (Anderson) Kirk, of Gloucester, Mass.; his step-children, Eric Gralenski, of Southampton, Mass., and Serena Swidzinski and her partner, Vince Crawford, of Hicksville Long Island, New York; his six grandchildren, Alexandra and Alicia Anderson, both of Boston, Mass., James and Sean Anderson, both of Westborough, Mass., Samuel and Baylee Kirk, both of Gloucester, Mass.; along with many nieces and nephews. Jay was predeceased by his son, Jay Carl Anderson Jr., and his brother, Barry Engman Anderson. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Tuesday, August 12 at the Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Home located at 35 College Street, Clinton, New York, 13323-0211. A memorial service will be held immediately following at 1 p.m. at the funeral home for those who wish to attend. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Clinton, New York. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in his memory to the Kirkland Town Library, 55 College Street, Clinton, New York 13323 or Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, New York 13413. For online condolences please visit owens-pavlot.com
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 9, 2014
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