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ANDERSON, Harry Douglas
October 17, 1922 - May 15, 2012
Harry passed away peacefully, with his beloved wife of 66 years, Joan by his side. A devoted husband, adored father, much-loved grandfather and cherished great-grandfather, Harry was loved and greatly respected by many. Born in Saskatoon to parents Walter and Laura Anderson, the family moved to North Burnaby when Harry was four years old. After graduating from Burnaby North Secondary in 1941, he immediately enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and became a Navigator. Flying 38 missions with 420 Squadron, Harry survived three near-disaster crashes. He was recognized for his bravery when, on his first mission, his plane crashed on take-off, burst into flames and Harry risked his life to pull a fellow crew member to safety. Suffering serious burns in the crash, Harry was sent to East Grinstead, Sussex where he became a lifelong member of the
Guinea Pig Club, the organization of World War II veterans who received experimental skin graft surgery. Harry returned to active duty. On leave in Scarborough in 1944, Harry met his Yorkshire Rose and love of his life, Joan. After returning for a second tour of duty they married in 1945. In 1946, Joan joined Harry in North Burnaby where they made their home for 35 years. That same year, Harry joined the Burnaby Fire Department and was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief in 1964
and continued in that role until his retirement in 1982. Harry never forgot his love of soccer,
playing for many years with North Shore United and the B.C. All Stars against such famous
teams as the Glasgow Rangers, Fulham United and Huddersfield. Known for his exceptional sportsmanship, Harry earned the title of MVP several times. After his retirement, Harry and Joan moved to South Surrey and were able to travel extensively, visiting five continents together, as well as with friends and family. Harry was an incredible athlete and enjoyed exceptional health and well-being throughout his years, even running marathons into his 70's. Harry was an avid sports fan and keenly supported the Vancouver Canucks and Whitecaps. He played golf for 50 years,
only giving it up, reluctantly, two years ago. He especially enjoyed family vacations on the Gulf Islands with his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Harry also enjoyed luncheon meetings as a member of the Aircrew Association. Harry is survived by his loving and devoted wife Joan, daughter Susan (Bob), daughter Kathy (Randy), son Bill (Linda), sister Grace, sister-in- law June, grandchildren Tanya (Colin), Shannon (Jason), Corey (Melissa), Gillian (Marc), Mark (Martha), Geoff (Lindsay), Crystal (Jesse) and 11 great-granddaughters, two great-grandsons, nephews and nieces. He will be greatly missed, lovingly remembered by all and never forgotten. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Victory Memorial Park, 14831-28th Avenue, South Surrey. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Harry's memory to the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society at #205-6515 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby, B.C.


Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on May 19, 2012
Harry Anderson
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