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Gary R. Anderson

Gary R. Anderson

February 13, 1952 - July 8, 2019     Age: 67

Gary R. Anderson, 67, of Fernandina Beach passed away Monday, July 8, 2019 at Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, he was a son of the late Clifford and Blanche Anderson.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Business and spent much of his working career in Supply Chain and Procurement. In conjunction with his career he travelled extensively around the world. In 2012 he and his wife, Barbara relocated to Amelia Island. There Gary began a new chapter working as a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway. Life on Amelia Island also afforded him more opportunity to enjoy two of his favorite past times, golf and running. In addition to golf and running he also enjoyed fishing the lakes of Minnesota.

Above all else, his passion for his family was evident throughout his life. His love for his wife of 39 years, Barbara, as well as his children and grandchildren permeated his life. Whether it was a simple family gathering where he would, through his love of cooking prepare them a wonderful dish of Paella or at gatherings for Thanksgiving and Christmas he loved having his family with him.

From those loving and intimate family gatherings to events with large crowds Gary loved life. He could spend days on end enjoying the Minnesota State Fair and always loved parades, especially the Shrimp Festival.

In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by his brother, Greg Anderson.

He leaves behind his wife, Barbara Anderson; two sons, Matthew Anderson and his wife, Amanda of Apple Valley, MN and Thomas Anderson of Minneapolis, MN; his two grandchildren, Claire and Connor Anderson; his mother in law, Betty Kackman of Eden Valley, MN; a sister and brother in law, Linda and Scott Reff of Hugo, MN; his sister in law and her companion, Lynn Anderson and John Biesecker of St. Paul, MN; as well as several other dear family and friends.  A special thank you to George and Chris Alznauer who have become family.  

Family and friends of Gary will gather to remember and celebrate his life Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. Chaplain Jim Tippins will officiate.

He will be laid to rest with his parents at a time later this year.

Those desiring may remember Gary by making a donation to the Nassau County Humane Society, 639 Airport Rd., Fernandina Beach, FL  32034

15 Condolences

  • John and Michele Holbrook Posted July 9, 2019 8:50 pm

    Barb and family, Gary will be missed by all! He was an amazing husband, father and a wonderful friend to all! Sending you much love!

  • Julie Edwards Posted July 10, 2019 7:03 am

    Barb, I am so sorry! Love you and praying for you and your family!

  • Bob Tunkel Posted July 10, 2019 8:45 am

    Barb and Family,
    Gary was a true friend always willing to help fill in for me when I was away. Always available to talk or listen. I will always remember his kindness.

  • Alice Nolan Posted July 10, 2019 10:05 am

    My prayers and love are with you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please let me know if you need anything.

  • Sara Flohr & Rich Myslinski Posted July 10, 2019 1:25 pm

    Rich and Sara share in your sorrow for Gary’s passing. We were blessed to know Gary even if for a short time. He was the most helpful & understanding realtor . He never tired of showing us another home in our perpetual search. What started as a professional relationship blossomed into a social and family friendship including Barb, their 2 sons, daughter-in-law & granddaughter, dog Rusty, and many memorable good times with mutual friends. In love & friendship, we will miss and remember Gary in our hearts. The Myslinski Family

  • Tom & Gloria Gagne Posted July 10, 2019 5:53 pm

    Gary was a great friend and neighbor, he was alway there if needed.
    Gary will be missed very much. Our prayers go out to Barb & her family.
    Tom & Gloria Gagne

  • Tom & Gloria Gagne Posted July 10, 2019 5:56 pm

    Gary was a great neighbor, we enjoyed it when he would bring his dog Rusty down the cul du sac. We would give him treats and Gary would say “we’re making him fat.”
    Gary will be missed very much. Our prayers go out to Barb & her family.
    Tom & Gloria Gagne

  • Debra & Daniel Levy Posted July 10, 2019 8:14 pm

    We only had the pleasure of knowing Gary over the past year as he was helping us find a home here on the island, but in that short time we knew him to be a kind and caring man. Even when he didn’t feel well last week, he was up at 5:30am texting us on the 4th about a home we were interested in. Our hearts break that he is now gone and we hold you and your family in our prayers and in our hearts.

  • Reggie Weber & Rich Thompson Posted July 10, 2019 8:26 pm

    Barb & family….Rich & I will always remember Gary for the smile he always had, loving to cook and entertain, his laughter and having fun. The love he had for his family he shared with all. He was a great man, husband, father and friend. (And Rusty’s best buddy) We are so broken hearted for your loss. Much love to you an your family during this time of grief. We are here for you Barb if you need anything.

  • Kate Johnson Posted July 11, 2019 9:28 am

    Barb I am so sorry for the Sudden Loss of Your Husband Gary, My Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to You and Your Family. Prayers for You and Your Family.

  • Olson Family Posted July 11, 2019 10:24 am

    We met Gary a few years ago when we started the house search. He was so helpful. Gary was always there when we needed information once we bought and moved to AI.
    We are saddened to hear Gary has passed.
    Our deepest sympathy.

  • Dina Lynn Hall Posted July 11, 2019 7:15 pm

    Barbara and Family,

    I am so sorry for your words. I prayer that God comforts you and your family Thur this time of need. I am here if u need someone to talk too. Love and hugs, Dina Hall

  • Teia Chism Posted July 11, 2019 8:56 pm

    Barb my heart breaks for you. I know that to have held the heart of such a lovely women, he must have been an amazing man. I’m praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Trina Knox Posted July 12, 2019 5:31 pm

    I am so sorry for you and your family. I have prayed so very hard for you both. Please know you are greatly loved and highly regarded. My heart breaks for you.

  • Elena and William Jones Posted July 29, 2019 10:00 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of Gary’s untimely passing. He was a wonderful man and a joy to work with in our home search. Our hearts go out to all who loved him and our prayers are with all of you.

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