In Memoriam : Arthur Anderson
Arthur I Anderson - age: 88
(July 07, 1924 to July 28, 2012
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
A memorial service will be held August 1 at 1:00PM at the Salvation Army Corps, 2 Church St, Old Orchard Beach.
Dennett, Craig & Pate 365 Main St, Saco are in charge of the arrangements.
For those wishing to make memorial contributions, they can be mailed to The Salvation Army 2 Church St, Old Orchard Beach, Me 04064
Old Orchard Beach, Arthur I. Ď Raií Anderson, 88, formerly of Cookman Ave, passed away July 28, 2012 on West Ave in Camp Ellis. He was born in Brooklyn, NY the son of Anton and Elfrieda Anderson. In his early years he was sent to live with his Uncle Alvin and Aunt Harriett in St. Petersburg, FL and attended schools there.
He returned to his parents in later years and attended Fort Hamilton, High school in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He played trombone in the New York City All City High School Symphony Orchestra during these years playing under such luminaries as Walter Damrosch.
He became a member of The Salvation Army where he was taught to play a musical instrument. As a result of this training he later became a professional musician working under the name Rai Anderson.
He served in the United States Army during World War II where he became a radio operator and gunner seeing action in Germany with the activate New York State National Guard Mechanized Reconnaissance Squadron. He also served as a musician in the US Army bands playing in one of the then Captain Glenn Millerís Air Corp bands prior to his overseas service.
Following the end of the war he played in a number of professional orchestras traveling from coast to coast and recording with some of these groups.
Settling in New York City he attended Columbia College and the Juilliard School of Music.
He worked for the Salvation Army at its Territorial Territories in New York City and became a member of the New York Staff Band traveling throughout the United States and Europe.
In 1967 he moved to Maine with his wife Ruth, he served as a music Director for the Salvation Army and worked as a public school teacher in schools in New Hampshire and Maine. He also served as music director for The Salvation Army in Texas for 7 years before his retirement in 1989. He then returned to Old Orchard Beach where he continued private teaching and playing in local orchestras, notably that of Don Doane. Arthur also was the bandmaster of The Salvation Army Citadel Band in Old Orchard Beach until a second retirement in 1997.
His wife, Ruth, of Old Orchard Beach died in August 2010. The only other surviving member of his family is a brother, Frank Henry Anderson of Naples, FL, in addition to nieces and nephews throughout the country.