Rodney Anderson, 84, Ridgefield native, former fire chief, loved trucks

Rodney Alton Anderson of Rochester, Vermont passed on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013.

He was born in Ridgefield, CT on July 11th, 1928. A son of the late Lyman and Ruth Anderson, he remained a Ridgefield resident for 75 years where he was Chief of the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department in 1972 and 1973. He also served terms as Town Constable and Civil Defense Officer.

Rodney was a Master Mechanic and a Lifetime Member of the Operating Engineers Union, holding a Crane Operator’s license. In his spare time, he frequented at his second home in Rochester, VT. In 2003, he retired there permanently to enjoy his most cherished place for the rest of his days.

Until the very end, he remained a member of the Rutland Italian Aid Club and the Antique Truck Club of America: Green Mountain Bull Dawg Chapter and Connecticut Yankee Chapter, receiving a Golden Achievement Award for his most prized restoration project, a 1950 Mack Truck called “Miss Ridgefield”.

To know Rodney was to love him. He loved trucks, car racing, the outdoors, working in his garage, and horticulture, but most of all, he was lovingly devoted to his family and friends.

Dedicated husband of the late Yolanda Anderson, he is survived by daughter, Cynthia Serra; daughter, Sandra Anderson-Howell and son-in-law, Charlie Howell; as well as son, James Anderson and daughter-in-law, Eleanor Anderson. He is also survived by his brother, Glenn Anderson and sister-in-law, Marie Anderson; companion, Sheila “Mitzi” Carter; four grandchildren, grandson, Trace Serra with wife, Courtney Serra; granddaughter, Amanda Hamet with husband, Michael Hamet; granddaughter, Jesse Rosenschein with husband, Michael Rosenschein; along with grandson, David Anderson; and three great-grandchildren. All will miss him dearly.

A graveside Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Rodney A. Anderson will be held on Saturday, June 22nd 2013 at 11am at the Woodlawn Cemetery on Woodlawn Drive off of Route 100 in Rochester, VT. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor can be made to the Rochester Volunteer Fire Department c/o Mike Harvey, 570 Clay Hill Road, Rochester, VT 05767.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Day Funeral Home, Randolph,VT