The family of Eric Anderson of Gladstone, MB sadly announce his accidental death on September 18,2020. Glen Eric Anderson was born February 7,1946, his first name honoring his Uncle Glen Lowe just home from service in World War II. His parents were George and Elizabeth (Lowe) Anderson who farmed near Austin. Eric was the fourth of seven children. He received his formal schooling at Springbrook school just down the road from the family farm.
Eric worked on the family farm for several years before he and his brother Frank started their partnership together in 1964. Together with Frank’s money and Eric’s sweat they bought 13 head of cattle which was to be the first of many and the start of a new life for Eric. Together over the next 20 years they worked together raising cattle, mostly in feedlots, near Austin then moving to Carberry in 1974. Eric quickly became an intricate part of Frank’s family as he lived with his Uncle Glen in the same yard as Frank and his family at Austin. Serving as friend, “big brother” and at times tormentor he will be remembered fondly for his numerous and famous rants as he was never shy to tell you exactly what he thought of you!
It was during these years that Eric started to work on construction. First on northern hydro-electric dams along the Nelson river and later on the pipeline. Those years turned into a livelong career which he was extremely proud of. He not only learned many skills that served him well over the years but made many friends that were always the most important part of any position he held. He earned his respect as a hardworking, knowledgeable man and was still proud to be working right up to the last year when his health failed.
In 1982 Eric decided to move back to the Austin area and the formal partnership with his brother ended. He farmed there on his own for awhile before joining with a friend to form A & J Farms.
Eric’s life changed markedly in 1994 when he met Lynda Dueck. Together they farmed at Austin until 2010 when they moved to an acreage in Gladstone. Eric went back to construction work taking Lynda along for the ride. Together they worked on many jobs though out the prairies always coming back to their little place in Gladstone in the off times. Their little dogs were a very important part of Eric’s life and rode many miles beside him.
Eric loved people and will be missed by many, many friends. He was someone who would do anything for a friend and will especially be missed by the many young people he helped and mentored over the years. He loved traveling around the country and was a frequent sight at the local coffee shops. He loved a great deal often attending the local auction sales and in the last couple of years enjoyed his on-line auctions where many great deals were made. Eric was always interested in politics and world events and could always be counted on to give you his view of what was happening in the world.
Eric is survived by Lynda, three older siblings, Frank (Yvonne) Anderson of Carberry, Darwin (Sandra) Anderson of Saskatoon, and Lorraine Chant of MacGregor, sister-in-law Bev Anderson, Alan Tait and many nieces and nephews. Eric was predeceased by his parents, brothers Lorne and Garth, his sister Lynn MacDonald and brother-in-law Robert Chant. A private family service has been planned. In recognition of Eric’s life we are reminded to enjoy the good times together as family and community.
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