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David B. Anderson

Born: Mon., Apr. 16, 1923
Died: Sun., Mar. 1, 2015


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David Bernhard Anderson born April 16, 1923 died March 1, 2015. He joins his wife, Marion, who passed on August 19, 2012. They were married 63 years and leave four children, Karen, Lisa, Lynne and Beth and one granddaughter, Elisabeth.

Dave was born in South Kingston, RI but spent most of his early years in the Campello/Swedish section of Brockton. He was the son of the late Eskil Anderson and Anna Benson. Dave joined the Marines, 5th division on April 16, 1943 and fought what is known as the most brutal battle of World War II, Iwo Jima. He was wounded in battle, just 3 days after seeing the American flag being raised on that island which now stands as an iconic picture from World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

David and Marion were the founders of The Village Barn in West Bridgewater. He started the business shortly after returning from the war. He began by making lawn furniture and later the business blossomed to a sizeable colonial furniture store. They owned The Village Barn for more than 25 years. Dave was a fine craftsman and continued his love for the trade in restoring antiques for many years.
 
Dave loved to camp and fish. He took his family camping on many vacations that remain fond in memory for his girls. He spent many days camping at Nickerson Park on the Cape in his later years paddling his canoe and fishing trout. He loved to fish bass on their home on Stetson Pond which he remodeled from a camp to a beautiful house where he and Marion lived after retirement. Dave and Marion traveled to Oregon several times to visit, camp and fish with his daughter Lisa and husband Max. They saw the sights and caught big fish! In 1995 he came to Oregon and all four traveled to Alaska for fishing. There, in one day, Dave landed six salmon and two halibut. One halibut was 175 lbs. For all present it was a fine trip and the Alaska experience will remain forever.

Dave was so loved by his "girls". He was a great man, husband, proud father and Marine. He was a man of high intergrity, honor and love. The Marine motto, Semper Fi - always faithful - defined Dave. He touched the lives of many with his gentle soul and beautiful smile. His passing has left a hole in our hearts but is filled with beautiful memories and the sound of his voice.
 
America thanks you for your service. You will always be our hero. Rest in peace, Dad. 

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Holliday
   Posted Thu March 05, 2015
I'm so sorry about your Dad. He sounds amazing and I wish I'd met him. I hope that memories of him and your mom bring a smile to your face and laughter to your lips. He's left an amazing legacy behind in his daughters.

Daniel M. Clark, Sgt. USMC
   Posted Sat March 07, 2015
Semper Fi Marine......."If the Army and the Navy were to look on Heaven's Scene they would see the streets are guarded by United States Marines!' God Speed!

Dave Raleigh
   Posted Sat March 07, 2015
I wish to send my condolences to the Anderson family . Living next door I was fortunate to get to know both of your parents/grandparents .I was extremely fond of both of them and had the utmost respect for them . Your farther/grandfather was always smiling especially when with his family a very kind caring gentleman . We will all miss him but I trust he is with his love and they are both in a better place Dave

Dennis Blackwell Sgt US Marine Corps 65-69
   Posted Sun March 08, 2015
R.I.P. Marine Semper Fi! It was Heros such as you that motivated me to join the Corps. I am sure that it has continued to motivate present day Marines. Thank you for your service and valor.

David Litchfield
   Posted Mon March 09, 2015
My heartfelt prayers go out to all the lives he brightened. A great neighbor & friend. (the only neighbors some winters) May the many good memories help carry his family & friends through this time and leave you with a smile.

Cynthia Linn Spratt
   Posted Fri March 13, 2015
My Dad, Warren Linn, was a friend of Dave Anderson. They shared much in common, WWII Pacific Theatre Vets, and, their Swedish heritage, Campello, Brockton. My Dad was a Met Life insurance agent with a route in the Bridgewaters, West Bridgewater. My parents admired Dave's work. I remember my Dad always praising his craftsmanship. My parents purchased many pieces of his work including a custom made dining set, bookcases (I have one still, my grandchildren another) and also a vanity set that was my pride and joy in a redone bedroom in 1964. My grandchild uses it now. It is still precious to us. We all loved shopping at the Village Barn. I am very sorry for the lose to your family. My mother Dorothy survived my Dad and will be 89 yrs on St. Patrick's Day. She will be very sad to hear of Dave's passing, but it will surely bring to her only the finest of memories. Take care.