John W. Anderson Jr., 87, of Westborough


Westborough – John W. Anderson Jr., 87, of Westborough, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, at the UMass/Memorial Medical Center – University Campus in Worcester. He was the husband of the late Shirley A. (Enman) Anderson, to whom he had been married for 63 years.

Born in Westborough, he was the son of the late John and Laura (Tomlin) Anderson. He was educated in Westborough schools and was a 1946 graduate of Westborough High School, where he enjoyed playing sports including the shot put and football.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and had been a resident of Westborough for most of his life. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was dedicated to his family. He enjoyed traveling to Europe with his wife during his retirement.

During the late 1940s, he proudly served with the U.S. Army.

John was employed as a grader for Bay State Abrasives prior to his retirement after 46 years of service.

John is survived by two daughters, Valerie L. Anderson and her husband Owen Weagle of Spencer and Karen A. Shaffert and her husband Rod of Westborough; one son, John D. Anderson of Marlborough; one brother, Edward Anderson of Shirley; his friend and brother-in-law, Richard Enman of Westborough; and one granddaughter, Kathryn Hope Shaffert. He was the brother of the late Nellie Anderson.

A private funeral service will be held at the family’s convenience at the First United Methodist Church and Pine Grove Cemetery, Westborough. There are no calling hours.

One of John’s greatest joys was sharing the history of Westborough, including on walking tours around town with his beloved granddaughter, Katie. In lieu of flowers, a donation in John’s memory can be made to the Town of Westborough 300th Anniversary Committee, c/o Board of Selectmen, 34 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581.