Robert G. Anderson

Robert G. Anderson, 44 LONG ISLAND -- Robert G. Anderson, 44, of Long Island, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 23, 2009, while visiting family in New Brighton, Pa. Anderson grew up in New Brighton and had been living in the greater Portland area since 1987. Anderson was a devoted father, loving husband, custom furniture designer, artist, teacher and avid cyclist. He, with his wife Lisa and daughter Ella, have been part of the tight knit community of Long Island since 1999. After graduating from Maine College of Art with a degree in Painting and completing his master's from Rhode Island School of Design in Furniture Design, Anderson completed scores of commissioned pieces of furniture art throughout the United States from his studio in Long Island. Robert is survived by his wife Lisa Whelan; daughter Ella Whelan Anderson of Long Island; his parents, Betty and Ronald Anderson, New Brighton, Pa.; two brothers, Richard W. Anderson, Upland, Calif., David B. and his wife Robin Anderson, Driftwood, Texas; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Edward and Lorraine Whelan, Saco. A memorial service for Robert Anderson will be held on Sept. 13, at 12:30 p.m., at the Evergreen Methodist Church on Long Island. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to: Changing Tides 772 Island Ave. Long Island, Maine 04050

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 8, 2009