George E. Anderson, 88, of Pittsburgh, PA, departed this life, peacefully, following a short illness, on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the HJ. Heinz Veteran's Community Living Center in Aspinwall, PA. He was born December 25,1928 in Pittsburgh, to the late George R. Anderson and Elizabeth Lynch Anderson and step-mother, Mary L. Jones Anderson. He graduated from Pittsburgh Public Schools, George Westinghouse High School in Homewood. Upon graduation, George enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War for three years. Upon his Honorable Discharge from the army, George attended Carnegie Tech, studying to be a draftsman, while working part-time for the U.S. Postal Services, along with many other jobs. George met and married his late wife Dolores C. Talson Anderson, and to this union, two daughters were born, Leslie Diane Florence, and Lynne Darcel. George became a full-time employee of the U.S. Postal Services, working on the railroad mail delivery, Pittsburgh to Chicago delivery route for many years. Later, until retirement, George was a supervisor at the Vista facility of the U.S. Postal Service.
George was known as a "fixer" in life, a jack-of-all-trades, and a master of many. He possessed immense knowledge of how to fix almost anything, and was often called upon to help, using his expert handyman skills. Although very demanding at times, he was always generous with his time and attention. George was usually quiet and observant, a man of few words; but, when he spoke, everyone knew it because he had a loud, thunderous, commanding, big voice. His heart was truly big as well, filled with a lot of love for family and friends alike, never hesitating to help, if he could, anyone who needed help, whether it be a neighbor, friend or even strangers; if he could assist, he always did, unselfishly. Throughout life, George loved learning, seeming to always know a little about any subject you would ask him about. An avid lover of jazz music, from every generation, George played the trumpet during his school years. George was nicknamed "Andy" by some of his co-workers, "brother" by all his sisters, and humorously "The Commander", by some, because he was always in charge, especially when it came to repairs and fixing things!
Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Edna Anderson, Geraldine N. Anderson Goode (Gaddiel), and Lillian A. Anderson Williams (Fredrick). Left to mourn his loss are his daughters, whom he adored, as he was their "superman", Leslie D. Anderson-Braswell (Kenneth) of Verona, PA, and Lynne D. Anderson (Jeffrey Hunter, boyfriend) of Bowie, MD. Two grand-children, Kayla L.M. Braswell and Kenneth J.E. Braswell of Verona. George's sister, Nancy L. Anderson Walker, and a very loving and devoted companion, Eva M. Johnson and her family. A host of nieces, nephews who all affectionately called him, "Uncle George", and a multitude of cousins, all of whom he loved dearly. Three very close relatives/ friends, who were like brothers to George, Joe Lewis, Elzy J.H. Bentley, II and William King, Sr.
Arrangements have been entrusted to S. M. FINNEY FUNERAL HOME, 432 N. 6th Street, Clairton, PA 15025. Online condolences may be offered at www.finneyfuneralhome.com
Those of you who knew our dad, know that he was a very frugal man. With that being said, we have honored our dad's wishes of no visitation, viewing or services to be held, in his memory, upon his departure from this life. Respecting his wishes, we ask that you keep the memory of our dad alive in your hearts, thoughts and prayers. George will be interred, with full veteran's honors, at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies for Veterans. Please feel free to post your condolences and well-wishes on line, through the web link provided. If you prefer to send a card, donation in his name or letter of support to George's family, it can be mailed directly to the Finney Funeral Home, Inc. at the listed address, and they will make sure that the family receives them.
The family of George E. Anderson wants to sincerely thank the many people who have prayed, shown their love and concern and expressed their thoughtfulness during this extremely sad and difficult time.
Originally published May 25, 2017.