Edwin C. Anderson CHELSEA — Edwin C. Anderson, 90, of Chelsea, Vermont, died peacefully at his daughter’s home in Chelsea surrounded by family on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Born December 16, 1928 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Eddie graduated from Jersey City High School in 1947. That summer, he came to Vermont and fell in love with the state, choosing to make it his forever home. After taking an animal husbandry course at Rutgers University, he was employed by Rushworth Farm in Chelsea, where he was a dedicated farmhand. He later became a milk tester, where he met his wife, Norma Rogers. They were married on September 16, 1950, and remained committed to one another until her passing. Throughout his life, Eddie held a number of positions at local companies, where he not only enjoyed learning new skills but quickly amassed many new friends, all of whom share fond memories of their interactions with him. He helped string power lines through Chelsea to Wilder; served as a deliveryman and dispatcher for Petco Oil Company; and honed his skills as a butcher at the Tunbridge Store. He also helped butcher many a pig and cow for area families after work. While employed as a furniture maker at Workspace, he developed a passion for woodworking, and his deep appreciation for the craft stayed with him throughout his life. He also loved boats and trains, and was always curious and inquisitive about how things work. A talented singer, Eddie was especially fond of his participation in the Chelsea Players, where he acted and sang in many local plays and productions. As a member of the Randolph Singers, he graced audiences with his beautiful tenor voice – a voice that also brought joy and healing to many through his frequent performances at community weddings and funerals. A man of faith, Eddie was actively involved in the United Church of Chelsea, where he was an elder of the church, Sunday School teacher and past Sunday School Superintendent. He was also, for many years, an active participant in the South Royalton Federated Church, and was involved in the faith-based organization, Tres Dias. For nearly three decades from the 1950s onward, he served as a member of the Chelsea Fire Department. Eddie was especially proud of his family and all they’ve accomplished. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but will long be remembered for his warmth, kindness, compassion and willingness to share stories from his extraordinary life with others. He is survived by two loving daughters, Joan Goodrich and her husband, Arthur, of Chelsea, and Jane White and her husband, David, of Barre; two grandchildren, Jason Goodrich and his wife, Heidi, of Chelsea, and Robin Goodrich and her husband, Danny Young, of Castle Rock, Colorado; and three great grandchildren, Owen and Oliver Goodrich of Chelsea, and Samuel Young of Castle Rock. He is predeceased by his two brothers, Harold Anderson and Ronald Anderson, and his sister, Doris Ziegler, all of whom hailed from New Jersey; his wife, Norma Rogers; and his second wife, Mary Trottier. A funeral service for Eddie will be held on Wednesday, June 26, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Church of Chelsea, with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eddie’s honor can be made to the United Church of Chelsea. While all are welcome to attend the funeral service, there will be no additional public calling hours. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vermont.

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