A generous-hearted musician inspires gifts

Eric “Andy” Dow Anderson was a longtime friend of the Press Herald Toy Fund, one of the loyal readers who donated every year without fail.

“He made sure it was on our Christmas list,” said his wife, Maryann Anderson.

Eric “Andy” Dow Anderson courtesy photo

Anderson was well known in the Portland area as a musician and teacher. A graduate of Deering High School and a United States Navy veteran, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Maine and became an educator, teaching automotive technology at what would later become Southern Maine Community College.

He has played tuba and trombone in many groups including the Masons, Shriners, SD Warren Band, Chandler’s Band, Hofbrau German Band, Port City Philharmonic Jazz Band, and Doc’s Banjo Band. He started TubaChristmas in Maine in 1997.

He also volunteered with the Falmouth Fire Department and enjoyed restoring vintage automobiles.

Anderson was among familiar Press Herald readers who have donated for many years to the Annual Toy Fund, which uses the donations to buy gifts for thousands of children in Maine who otherwise would not receive any in because of the difficulties encountered by their families.

And he also loved to inspire others to give. During musical performances during the holidays, he sometimes reminded the audience to remember the children who were not so lucky.

“At that time he was a musician and he played in different places and he mentioned it,” said Maryann Anderson. “She was a nice person. He spoke to everyone.

And he always inspires others to give. When Anderson passed away in February at the age of 83, his family asked for donations in his memory to be made to the toy fund instead of flowers. Several checks in his memory were among the first donations to arrive this year.

“It’s wonderful,” said his wife. “It was at the top of his list.”

DONATIONS TODAY:

In honor of our parents who taught us the value of helping others. Christophe and Christine Newell $ 200
Beloved Aunt of the “12C” $ 30
Maynard and Judith Bean $ 50
Flora and Walter Perkins $ 100
In Memory of Eleanor Joy $ 2,500
Happy Holidays! The Eckersley-Ray family $ 250
Eileen Reynolds $ 100
David Manyan $ 100
In loving memory of Joyce Chadwick and Maria Curtis $ 100
In memory of Allison Broadbent Beahm, Mom and Dad $ 100
In loving memory of David Poirier, donation for nearly 60 years, from Shirley $ 25
In memory of Eunice Fraser, former kindergarten teacher in Bath, Catherine Tait $ 100
Your kindness and effort make the world a better place for all of us, Karen & Chuck Strandberg $ 100
In memory of my great-grandparents, Irvin and Rachel Cyr. Love, Grady Dudley $ 20
Happy Holidays! $ 50
Susan Robinson $ 50
In memory of my parents, Robert and Norma Foster, of Dot Kelleher $ 100
Happy Holidays! $ 30
Anonymous $ 300
Charlie and Margie Emmons $ 250
Anonymous $ 500
In loving memory of Babe, Podge and Mary $ 100
In memory of Granna Hilly and Woodie $ 100
Anonymous $ 500
Janet Carper $ 200
Happy Holidays!!! From the South Maine Labor Council $ 500
In loving memory of Anita & Edward Ventura and Barbara Pepper of Ann & Dale $ 25
Greg and Debbie Tait $ 50
John and June McClean $ 100
Pam Ferland $ 100
Art & Carol dresser $ 100

TOTAL TO DATE: $ 29,825.

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