Smith Chesley Anderson Jr.
Smith Chesley Anderson, Jr. died recently at his home in North San Juan, CA. He was 82 years old. He leaves behind his beloved children Bill, Beth and Kathy, their spouses Shelley, Michael and Alastair and 6 grandchildren, Malia, Tyler, Beca, Kara, Emma and Katrina. He is also survived by his sister Judy, and his devoted nieces and nephews.
Smith was a graduate of UC Berkeley in economics and a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He also was a proud graduate of Alameda High School in which he was a member of Phi Lambda Epsilon. Upon graduation from College, Smith served in the United States Navy and after being discharged, went to work in the family business, the Fowler Anderson Funeral Home.
A devoted member of the Alameda community, even after retiring to North San Juan with his late wife Muriel Anderson, Smith made it a point to have lunch every other Friday at the Encinal Yacht Club with his long time friends. Smith was very proud to have been involved in civic organization’s serving on the board of Directors for the Alameda Jaycees, Alameda Chamber of Commerce, Alameda Boy’s Club, Alameda Family Service Agency, Alameda Red Cross, City of Alameda Social Services Board and the Alameda County Council of Community Services. In retirement Smith served for many years as a volunteer administrator in the North San Juan Fire Department, a pastime that he enjoyed very much.
Smith was very proud of his Scottish heritage and tirelessly researched the family history for his family. Smith was also a avid gardener and a talented woodworker who enjoyed gifting homemade furniture to family. He was also a lifelong aficionado of classical music and in recent years had taken up the sport of skeet shooting. Smith was a loving and enthusiastic grandfather. He was always eagerly enquiring about the latest soccer games, paddleboard championships and college graduations.
Smith never contemplated that getting old would mean getting elderly. His self image was alway’s “younger than springtime, gayer than laughter”. One friend remembered, “Smith had an enduring way of laughing that involved his whole body jiggling with delight”.
Dad, Grandpa, “Smitty” will be greatly missed and always remembered.
Services will be held Saturday, September 29, at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, corner of Grand & Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA 94501.