Frank A. "The Colonel" Anderson Sr.
1939 - 2020
BORN
1939
DIED
2020
Anderson Sr, Frank A "The Colonel"
Frank A. Anderson Sr "The Colonel", (1/19/1939 - 7/5/2020), died peacefully at his camp in Maine on Sunday, July 5th 2020. He is survived by his two sons, Frank Anderson Jr and his wife Kerri of Chepachet Rhode Island, and his son Christian Anderson and his wife Renee of Weare, New Hampshire. He's also survived by his brother Russell Anderson and his wife Ethelyn of Maine, his sister Linda Archetto and her husband Robert of Florida, his sister Mary Russo and her husband Ron of Rhode Island, his brother Tex Anderson and his wife Christine of California, and his companion of 12 years Louella Lemieux of Maine. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews who all loved him and will never forget him.
He was son of the late Albert and Svea Anderson of Anderson's Dairy Farm in North Providence, Rhode Island.
Frank graduated from The Ward School of Business Machines and continued his education in the new field of computers with IBM and began a career at Textron.
From an early age, Frank's father Al instilled in his sons a love of the outdoors, hunting, and fishing which continued throughout Frank's life. While residing on the family farm Frank showed Western horses and won many championships.
Frank also developed a passion for skin-diving and founded the Little Rhody Skin-diving Club- the first in RI, He entered skin-diving competitions up and down the coast and almost always won them. This led him to open Victory Sporting Goods, a diving and hunting shop which he ran for several years in Johnston RI. Frank also became a dirt bike rider and entered in races.
After retiring from Textron, Frank built a home in Chepachet RI and resided there for many years. Frank and his son, Frank Jr. founded Anderson's Construction Co. which his son still runs today. In the 1990's he started Harmony Realty with lifelong friend and business partner Paul Damiano together they owned and operated Harmony Mill and Storage. In 1992, Frank bought and restored Cady's Tavern in Glocester RI, which he ran and operated for close to 20 years. Cady's reflected his personality: a little rough, wild, and lots of fun.
Frank and his brothers hunted big game all over this country and in Canada. His love of hunting and fishing led him to buy a camp in Maine where he pursued his favorite activities such as four wheeling; snowmobiling; fishing, and rabbit hunting with his beloved beagles. Frank's love of Maine was passed down to his family who would gather there regularly.
He was known for his hunting skills with coon hounds and later with beagles. He was a past president and lifelong member of the Glocester Lions Club, past president and lifelong member of the Victory Sportsman's Club, and a member of the Thornton Beagle Club.
Due to this difficult time the family will have a private service in Maine.
A celebration of Frank's Amazing life will be held at a future time, TBD.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Franks honor to The Glocester Lions Club PO Box 91 Chepachet RI 02814.
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Published by The Providence Journal on Jul. 10, 2020.
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I remember Frank on his Palomino on Anderson's farm. I may have been 5 yeats old he must have been 10.My Father had a long time friendship with his father.We visited the farm and bought milk that was delivered to our home.The Andersons were well loved as I remember them .
Mary Ann Balassone Defeo
Neighbor
January 17, 2021
Tom Desrosiers
Friend
July 22, 2020
He was one of my best friends. I will miss him forever. Jim Oliver


Jimmy oliver
Friend
July 22, 2020
Frank and Chris, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. One of my first memories of him is when he would stop by my parent’s house, Jim and Jean Oliver, on his motorcycle all dressed up in a suit and tie after work. I knew him since I was a kid and have so many memories. He and my Dad were wonderful friends. He lived an adventurous life ❤.
Linda Rouleau
Linda Rouleau
Friend
July 22, 2020
Our hearts are saddened with the passing of Frank. He was a founding member of The Victory Club, a past president and a friend to us all. We are all grateful for what he has done for the club. He will be sadly missed. Our deepest sympathy to his family. The Victory Club
July 21, 2020
I worked with Frank at Speidel/Textron for 8 years, he was a kind and considerate person respected by everyone. I left Speidel in 1986 and have thought of Frank many times over the years as he talked about some of his hunting trips. He was truly an outstanding person and I was very glad to have known and worked for him.
Paul Bolcon
Coworker
July 20, 2020
Uncle Frank, this big smile on your face is how I will always remember you.
"Those we love don't go away,
they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
so loved, so missed, so very dear."
Love, Holly and Gianni
Holly and Gianni Mastroianni
Family
July 20, 2020
See you later, friend.
Sandra Shepard
Friend
July 16, 2020
I met Frank when i joined the Speidel MIS Department. He was always so full of fun and life. He was such an interesting person. Such good memories of a special person. Rest in peace.
Barbara Murphy Bruno
Coworker
July 14, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. May he find comfort in the after -life. He was my boss in Providence, and we also became good friends. I helped him build his house in Chepachet. I will never forget the night that Frank, Jimmy, and myself went raccoon hunting. His best coon dog Ben was hot on the trail. Well we got the critter and had him at a game dinner a few days later. Good times! RIP old friend...
David Knight
Coworker
July 14, 2020
In seeing the Facebook postings of your "The Colonel. I have thought about his nick name since hearing the news of his passing. Nick names are something we all have and received for better or worse growing up in New England. But the Colonel was special. Someone who lived life fully. Who couldnt be told to slow down. Everyday was a new adventure. Nothing kept him back. He brought everyone along who would enlist. He proceeded without fear; fear of failure, fear of harm, fear of others approval, fear of failure. He lived freely and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He gave of his time. Shared his dreams. Frequently asked you to join him. Dont we all wish we had someone like him. We did. Dont we all wish, in someway, we could be like him. We can. God bless Frank Sr.s soul. I love that man and his legend."
Daniel Comber
July 14, 2020
Frank was larger than life.A legend. It was an honor Frank! Best wishes and love to the family.
Guy Mason
Friend
July 14, 2020
I was saddened to hear about my uncle Franks death. He had such a full life .my condolences go out to the entire Anderson family and all of his friends.
I will always treasure all of my childhood and young adulthood memories with him, All of the family functions and many good times. Rest in peace uncle Frank
Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Family
July 13, 2020
I meet Frank up on Pleasant Ridge Maine , Frank is one of the most compassionate, kind, energetic men I've ever had the Pleasure of Knowing & calling my Friend, we've shared many dinners & meals together, & we shared some Hunting days deep in the Maine Northwoods..Frank wa as always a great story teller, & always made you laugh .his Love for his Beagals ran deep , I will Greatly miss you , I will see you again on those Great Hunting grounds in Heaven .R.I.P. My Friend .
Jeff Wright
Friend
July 13, 2020
I have been so blessed to have known Frank and have him in my life for 12 years. He was extraordinary, kind & compassionate man. There is not enough words to describe Frank......My heart is broken. He certainly was "One of a Kind". I will miss him terribly but I will keep him safety tucked away in my heart forever....
Louella Lemieux
Significant Other
July 13, 2020
Frank was "full of life" and I was fortunate to share not only a working relationship, but also his outdoor active life. So many great memories - he is sadly missed. My sincere and deepest sympathy to the family.
Tony DeLucia
Friend
July 12, 2020
Frank you were so special. You were so kind and fun. God will love your smile and go riding. So sorry for the loss to your family. Lv Maureen Paolino Welch
Maureen Welch
Friend
July 11, 2020
Remembering Frank from high school.
Always a fun time!
Irene Douglas-Goodman
Classmate
July 11, 2020

Frank really did love life to the fullest. Could not have picked a better big brother. Will miss him big time.
Russ Anderson
Brother
July 11, 2020
Frank and his friend Steve Gould were always a fun time.
We had a wonderful group . Sports cars, parties , fishing, races.
Frank and Steve would go diving.
Rembering high school days!
Irene Douglas-Goodman
Classmate
July 11, 2020
What a guy! A little piece of my heart goes with him. Heaven has just gotten a little bit better. He has left behind some cherished memories. I'm very glad to have shared a piece of my life with him. My thoughts and sympathy go out to all of the Anderson family.
Dian Blais
July 11, 2020
I worked with Frank for 13 years. He was a great boss and good friend. Frank encouraged me to try computer programming which helped me rise through the information systems profession
I am grateful for having him in my life
Robert Sano
Friend
July 10, 2020
Mary, my heart goes out to you.
Nancy Penn
July 10, 2020
He was a nice guy,he pulled my car out of the woods in 1980 on a snowy night,he just happened to be going by,I was lucky.
Laurie DeRouin
Neighbor
July 10, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person.
R I P!
Your Swedish relatives
Berit Axell Fredriksson
Family
July 10, 2020
Will always remember Frank as the life of the party, have many fond memories of times at his home in Chepachet and of course Cadys Tavern. Frank will be very missed. My prayers and thoughts are with his sons and family.
Sharie L Ingham
Friend
July 10, 2020
My favorite memory of Frank was the pig roast he sponsored at the house in Chepachet. It was so much fun, and the very first pig roast I ever attended. He came back riding his horse, and ran back through the yard into the barn, laughing and hooting, he was just like a big kid. Frank was always the life of the party and he will be missed. Joe and I send our sympathies to all his family, but especially to his sister Mary and Ron.
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Russo
Family
July 10, 2020
y big brother was my best friend! I miss him so much already!
Mary Russo
Sister
July 10, 2020
Franks legacy will live on here in Chepachet. If you knew Frank, you definately have a fun, quirky memory with him. Sending hugs and prayers to the Anderson clan. Love Karen Worcester & family
Karen Worcester Wood
Friend
July 10, 2020
Will always remember Frank for his positive attitude, his smile and his adventurous spirit. He will be missed by all who knew him and remembered fondly. There will certainly be a big hole in the heart of Chepachets heart from this loss. R.I.P. Frank , May your souls and spirit fly into the mystic
Beth Fallon
July 10, 2020
Many fond memories!
I'll never forget his finest invention the Egg deterrent!! LOL
Still used to this day.
Our deepest condolences Frank jr, Kerri and family. Love and peace Eggman & Mumsie
John & Jan Segee
Friend
July 10, 2020
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