William A. Anderson Jr. – Knox County VillageSoup
ST. GEORGE – On November 22, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, William “Bill” August Anderson Jr., 67, passed away at home with his loving wife, Kristine, and son, James. , by his side.
Bill was born January 6, 1954 in Massapequa, NY, son of William Anderson, Sr., and Joan Willet Anderson. He graduated from Massapequa Public Schools, then attended the New York Institute of Technology, where he studied architecture and met the love of his life, Kristine B. Rottkamp. They married in 1979. They lived in Long Island, NY for a short time, when they decided to move to Maine in 1981.
In his early years, Bill spent every summer in the family vacation home at Tenants Harbor. Bill and his family were involved in many Civil War skirmishes and reenactments, and he worked in his father’s architectural firm as a teenager and young adult.
Bill was also a talented outdoor enthusiast and gifted athlete, excelling in track and field, golf, basketball and other sports. He was very active in the Boy Scouts and reached the rank of Eagle Scout in 1970. Trumpeter, like his father, Bill was also the esteemed bugle of Troop 660, having created his iconic “bugle charge” as well as mastery of the full range. other calls, including the dreaded “Wake-up” which always brought in the moans of the sleeping scouts, and a mischievous smile on Bill’s face.
After their move to Maine, Bill worked in Camden with some of the area’s top architects. Over the years he has also found time to help his parents and grandmother build and renovate their homes and other projects, as well as take care of his mother in her later years.
Bill was most proud of the life and family he and Kristine had created. It was a real love story. Bill’s courtship with Kristine never ended, often surprising her with a romantic gesture, like leaving a single red rose and a love note outside his office door. Bill supported all of Kristine’s passions and goals, and they supported each other through thick and thin. They bought an old farmhouse in St. George, which they faithfully renovated, expanded and modernized over the next 28 years.
Bill and Kristine have two sons, Brian and James. Bill loved being a dad and was actively involved in everything they did, from helping with their studies, to getting involved with the Boy Scouts, to coaching youth baseball in the community. Bill never wanted to miss any of their school games or events. After Brian and Juliene’s wedding and the birth of their son Isaac, Bill was thrilled to be a grandfather and spent hours with him playing on the floor.
Bill also had a great love for animals and the outdoors. He has had numerous dogs throughout his life and he will be sadly missed by the current two, Winston and Roscoe. The birds intrigued him and he began to study them when he was just a young boy. Bill could not only recognize a bird by its song, but he was also able to whistle back. He also loved gardening and built many raised garden beds in their home to grow and harvest their own vegetables.
Bill is predeceased by his father, William Anderson, Sr .; mother, Joan Anderson; younger brother, Wesley Anderson; and her sister-in-law, Robin Anderson.
Bill is survived by his wife Kristine; son, Brian Anderson and his wife, Juliene, and son, Isaac, of College Station, Texas; son, James Anderson of Rockport; sister, Donna Anderson of Arizona; brother, Douglas Anderson of Thomaston; brothers-in-law, Joseph Rottkamp, ââThomas Costello and Edward Smith; sisters-in-law, Carol Rottkamp, ââRosalie Costello and Mary Smith; several nieces and nephews; Bill’s best friend since childhood, Jack Fischer; and the beloved dogs of Bill, Winston and Roscoe.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland. A private memorial will be held in the summer for family and friends. Condolences and memories can be shared on bchfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of County Knox, PO Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.