Nathan “Nate” Paul Anderson, 55, of Terryville, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Monday, June 6, 2022.
Nathan was born on May 10, 1967 in Providence, RI the son of Harry and Pauline (Butler) Anderson.
Mr. Anderson was a police officer with the Ansonia Police Department for 26 years along with a year of service with Connecticut Department Of Environmental Protection. He graduated from the University Of New Haven in 1989 with a degree in Criminal Justice.
In addition to his parents of Rhode Island, Nathan is survived by his wife Elizabeth Anderson and their children Christopher Anderson and his wife Megan of NJ, Bradley Anderson and Katie Anderson; his two grandsons Blake and Wyatt Anderson; his siblings and their spouses, Mark and Lori Anderson of RI, Kristen and John Fox of ME, Kim and Dan Horton of MA, Heidi and Mark Crowley of MA, Seth and Mary Anderson of ME and Rachael and Matt Cowell of RI and many nieces and nephews.
Nate, everyone's best friend, was known for his infectious laughter, constant jokes and continuous conversation. He was the ultimate family man, a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and “PAPA” and stand-up citizen who served on the police force for 26 years (February 14, 1990 - June 30, 2016). Nate was loved and well respected by fellow officers and his community, as demonstrated by numerous letters from community members, thanking him for his service and professional response to a call. Always had his fellow officers (brothers) back. “The go to guy” for report writing. Nate received many accolades and recognitions throughout his career including twice received honorary service to city residents from Ansonia Rotary Club, recognized for exemplary and distinguished service by the Ansonia police department on many occasions, honored for outstanding service to victims of domestic violence in the community, through work with the Umbrella Center, and not to mention his many years of perfect attendance awards.
Nate lost his battle to ALS surrounded by family and friends. The family would like to thank the Visiting Nurses of Litchfield County, Hospital for Special Care, and the Starling Center (Starling Darlings) who provided superior support and care to Nate and family throughout this time. While fighting this losing battle, he never complained throughout the five years of illness and continued to joke and make everyone laugh. He repeatedly said, his many years of overtime, standing over a manhole helped him endure the decline of his health. Before being diagnosed, he assisted coaching little league and participated annually in law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. He was an exercise/ fitness enthusiast who encouraged others to be their healthiest self, loved playing with his children and the neighborhood kids, spending time outdoors, as well as, fulfilling his duty to educate everyone on politics. A Sam Adams out by the fire, was the perfect end to a busy day. He was always famous for his sense of humor and his "story face" while telling his tall tales. He was a fighter until his last breath- his illness not once wavering his strength or personality. Nate will never be forgotten- he impacted the lives of all he met, and his legacy will live forever.
Time to enjoy his eternal Sam Adams; 1-8 Signing off.
Calling hours for Nathan will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Avenue, Bristol from 12 noon until 3 PM with the Ansonia Police Honor Guard. A private service for the family will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either: Tunnel to Towers Foundation www.t2t.org/; ALS Association www.als.org or to the Susie Foundation www.thesusiefoundation.org/
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