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Victor H. Anderson

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VICTOR H. ANDERSON, 84, crossed over on September 20 at his home in San Leandro. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Cora Ann; their son, Victor Elon; grandchildren Victoria, Nathan and Elon Thomas; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was the acclaimed poet and author of "Thorns of the Bloodrose," a contemporary classic first published in 1970, as well as numerous articles on the Feri (Faery) Faith and Huna. In 1975, he won the Clover International Poetry Competition Award. Victor and Cora are the founding teachers of the Feri Faith of the Old Religion. Victor was one of the last kahuna and a bokor. A brilliant shaman and priest, he and Cora taught some of the seminal voices in the tradition. Victor was born May 21, 1917 in Clayton, New Mexico (now part of Albuquerque) to Hilbert and Frances Anderson. An accident during childhood left Victor almost totally without sight. He attended a school for the blind in Oregon. Largely self educated, he had a lifelong interest in physics, chemistry, literature and world spiritual traditions. He was an avid reader, bard and an accomplished linguist who spoke numerous languages, including Hawaiian, Spanish, Creole, Greek, Italian, Aramaic and Gothic. He was gifted with a beautiful voice and loved to sing and was competent on the drum. During his adult life, Victor earned his livelihood as a musician, by playing the accordion at public and private dances. He was a member for 40 years of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Alameda Lodge. Memorial Services for Victor will be held Monday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward, calif. Donations will be graciously accepted by the family. CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES MEMORIAL PARK AND FUNERAL HOME 32992 MISSION BLVD HAYWARD, CA 510-471-3363 "SERVICE OF MARKED DISTINCTION" www.chapleofthechimes.com
Published in East Bay Times on Sept. 23, 2001
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