John Anderson a man who loved Gladstone

VALE: John Anderson, 1939-2014, was heavily involved in the Gladstone community.
VALE: John Anderson, 1939-2014, was heavily involved in the Gladstone community. Contributed

JOHN Anderson will be remembered as a great businessman and a keen fisher and sailor, but most of all, as a lovely person.

Mr Anderson died on Saturday, November 1 after an eventful 75 years.

His son Les, who took over the family business Anderson's Auto City with his brother, said his father had a lot of compassion.

"He was a terrific man and he did a lot for the region," Les said. "He loved Gladstone.

"In his early days he was an exceptional sailor and he won lots of titles in Queensland."

Mr Anderson suffered from Alzheimer's disease, seeing out his last 11 months at New Auckland Place nursing home.

He leaves behind three children and six grandchildren who celebrated his life at a funeral service last week.

Les said his dad's family and being on the water was what made him most happy.

"He demonstrated every day his undying love and commitment to his family and his life revolved around caring and doing for others," he said.

"He also loved fishing. Whenever he could he would be in the boat," he said.

"We had a pretty big boat and we used to sleep on it for the Easter weekend in Gladstone.

"We would stay on the boat at Auckland Creek, watching the finish of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. We did that forever."

John Anderson was born on December 14, 1939 at Gladstone Bayview Hospital on Goondoon St.

The Anderson family moved to Palmwoods near Nambour in 1946 where they purchased the Palmwoods Picture Theatre.

As a young boy, Mr Anderson's first job was running the spools of film between picture theatres at night. He was also a lolly boy during intermission.

The family relocated to Gladstone in 1953 to purchase Anderson's Auto City.

In 1954, Mr Anderson started working at the garage.

He suffered from heart issues for most of his life and was one of the first patients to undergo open heart surgery on October 25, 1963. He went on to live another healthy 51 years.

He married his true love Elene in 1965 and they had three children - Brad, Les and Jenni. Mr Anderson was a founding member of the Gladstone Lions Club, chairman of the Gladstone Fire Brigade for 26 years, life member of the Endeavour Foundation and Commodore of the Gladstone Sailing Club.

At Anderson's Auto City, Mr Anderson worked his way up from accounts, to sales and then managing the company with brother Colin.

Mr Anderson retired from the business in the late 1990s. Anderson's Auto City celebrated 61 years in 2014 and is run by Mr Anderson's two sons Brad and Les. It is now a three-generation business.

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