Anderson, Charles P. LCDR/USN, (Ret) 4/5/31 ~ 3/1/13 SAN DIEGO -- Chuck was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and moved to Chicago at age seven. After completing his education, in 1953, he entered the United States Navy's Training Program in Pensacola, Florida. In 1959 while stationed in Texas, he overcame polio to qualify for one of the toughest of all professions: As a pilot, he then qualified in twelve different aircraft, enjoying all but those like the A3D that could not be flown upside down. With almost 300 carrier landings and more than 3,500 pilot hours, he was one of our nation's elite: a combat fighter pilot, routinely doing things that ordinary people only imagine. He retired from the Navy in 1974 and became an entrepreneur, developing a portable radio station and other innovative products. His greatest characteristic, however, was his amazing level of sincere friendship for the people around him. He found time and unending enthusiasm for sailing and shooting, and became one of San Diego's skilled fine woodworkers - creating collectable pieces reflecting supreme craftsmanship that will be part of his legacy. Chuck Anderson was a fighter, and a successful one, but on March 1, 2013 he lost his battle with cancer, and his friends and family lost someone wonderful and dear to their hearts. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, but most especially by his beloved family. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 56 years; son, Jim; daughters, Jody and Jenese; and two granddaughters, Haley and Hanna. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to "Wounded Warrior Project." woundedwarriorproject. org. Friends and family will be notified of "The Celebration of Life" gathering in April.