John Francis Anderson (22 Dec 1936 - 12 Jan 2021)

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Garden of England Crematorium Sheppey Way Bobbing, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 8GZ
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John Weir Funeral Directors Rainham

In loving memory of John Francis Anderson who sadly passed away on 12th January 2021, aged 84 years.

John will be forever loved and so dearly missed by his children John, David and Debbie, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren and all of his family and many friends. John is now reunited with his beloved wife Joan and their daughter Linda and his Mum and Dad. May they all rest together in eternal peace.

For all enquiries please contact John Weir Funeral Directors, 130-132 High Street, Rainham, Kent, ME8 8AR. Telephone No: 01634 373111

Dave Anderson wrote

Missing and thinking of you every day Pa 😞

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I say my last goodbye to my Dad today and while I feel the pain of loss I also feel the greatest of pride for this courageous man and wonderful, loving father. The warmth of the many happy memories he left behind will lighten my days for the rest of my life. I want to thank all of you for all those kind and comforting messages. In your words and in all our hearts, he lives on.

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Proud times for my Pa 💙❤💙

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Gill Moran wrote

Thinking of you constantly xxx

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Love you and will always miss you Pa 😪

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There will never be enough words, or the right words, to express just how much I am going to miss you, Pa. I had always wanted to spend the last few years of your life close to you, sharing in your love and your laughter and all the memories that we made together as a family, and as best friends, and now that you are gone, there is a raging gap in my heart and in my life. I wish I could have been with you all those times when you were lonely and sad, missing Mum and missing Loops. I wish I could have toddled along to bingo with you and watched Zulu again (and again) with you. I wish I had called you more often, and I wish I could have spent one more Christmas with you. I wish we could raise a glass of wine together, and tuck into a take away together and laugh at your daft jokes together like we used to. I wish I could have driven you round the coast again for fish and chips and mushy peas or popped down the pub for a pint. All I can do is thank you. Thank you for making those wonderful, happy, warm memories for me. For the trips to the seaside. For making movies with me and my brother and sisters and making us feel like film stars. For all the funny stories. For the reams of nutty jokes that you used to say over and over (we knew most of them by heart!). For keeping the family safe and happy and all those wonderful times because although we didn't have much, we had you and we had Mum and we had each other and that was happiness enough for a small lad. And I'm still that small lad, Pa, I'm still that boy that always looked up to you and loved you, and always will. Thank you for teaching me everything I know - what you did day to day, is now what has made me thrive. Thank you for showing me how to be kind, and patient and generous. I may not be quite the warrior you were, I may not quite make it to your courage and your spirit, but I can still learn from you, because I hold your heart in my heart and your voice will reach me whenever I need it to. Because you were always there for me, Pa, and I know that you always will be. And that knowledge will keep me strong. I love you x

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Karin & Alan Baker donated £20 in memory of John

Sending our love & fondest thoughts xx

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John Anderson donated in memory of John

Thank you Pa, you carried me on your shoulders as a child and supported me as I grew. Now as a man I look back and see in you a life fulfilled, which although has now ended, has parted the door to re-join you with those you have missed, the circle is closed - Rest now Pa x

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JACQUELINE ANDERSON donated £50 in memory of John

Miss you so much Pops, so glad we shared a hug and a photo opportunity not so long ago, your jokes were always stupidly funny, but always made me laugh - your Jacq xxx

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Debbie Tunnard donated £20 in memory of John

Love from your sister Mary brother in law Joe and all the family x

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Debbie Anderson donated £200 in memory of John

Love from your sister Linda x

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❤ You'll always be my hero Dad ❤

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To a really lovely man miss you lots xxx

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Gill Moran donated £35 in memory of John

With love from your 'daughter' Gill xx
You came into my life at a time when I needed a loving, caring father and you became my Pops and you remained my Pops forever, thank you for everything. I'm going to miss your big smile, your saucy jokes but mostly, your big heart that you shared with everyone. Love you forever xxx

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David Anderson wrote

A Last Reflection
(words by Jackie Anderson)

It wasn’t leaves he swept across the yard on musty autumn days,
when scraggy schoolboys hid behind the garages,
swigging scrumpy jack, swapping fags and dirty mags;
they were memories; long and lingering,
russet, burnt umber and gold,
stamped to the paving slabs
of a winter that crept unfailingly into his bones.
It wasn’t a frown or the wag of the broom,
nor the tell-tale bleeps of a mobile phone
that scattered the schoolboys,
all greasy hair and colourless cheeks,
jagged elbows and mud-spattered sleeves.
It was his grin, as broad and dimpled now as in his boyhood days,
his eyes a glint of sky in ruddy face,
his belly filled with chortles, ready to sling a joke or two:
missiles of laughter aimed at the heart
- It’s okay, mister, we’re off…
- Yeah get going before you get caught or I’ll tell your teacher…

It wasn’t arrogance that straightened his back,
nor did he tell his tales of hardship as conceited men might do.
And yet, in every stroke of broom or mop,
in every step he marched to beat the bounds of work:
round the blocks of flats, the puddled yards,
the mouldering sheds and rancid bins,
in rain or hail or snow or sleet,
in frostbite cold or sunburn heat,
in every nod and ‘leave it with me’
was the pride of service ably given:
first to family, friends, the Queen,
to band of brothers so revered,
to beloved country and to Honour dear.

It wasn’t magic that made the coins appear from grandchild’s ear,
Nor was it wanton excess that spilled from pockets
At birthdays, Christmas and New Year.
And it wasn’t vanity that made him pose for family snaps,
nor tilt bare skin towards the sun on summer’s sands.
It wasn’t shame that hid away the scenes of struggle –
the tattered vests and too-tight shoes,
the hand to mouth of early youth.
It wasn’t even being a man that stopped his voice
and dried his eyes to stone.

No, none of these but love,
in all its endless ways,
that made this the man we loved
for all our life-long days.

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Cheers Hubby ❤❤

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Ma and Pa ❤❤❤

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Holding Great Granddaughter Evelyn for the first time ❤️

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