George David Anderson
July 25, 1939- August 20, 2020
George David Anderson, 81, of Port Republic, Maryland passed away peacefully on August 20, 2020 at his home. He was born on July 25, 1939 in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Whitner Webb and Patricia Adiline (Underwood) Anderson. George was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nancy Jo Anderson.
George graduated from High School in 1957 from Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Maryland. George was a very patriotic man and spent a lifetime serving his community. He was in the United States Air Force from 1957 thru 1962 where he was an air traffic controller. Shortly after his honorable discharge from the Air Force he started working at the Census Bureau in Suitland, MD. He retired from the Census Bureau December 31, 1993 after 35 years of dedicated service as a systems analyst. He received the Bronze Medal Award for Superior Federal Service from the United States Department of Commerce for valuable contributions.
He spent countless hours volunteering with Calvert County Fair board helping organize events and various other things with his wife Nancy Jo. George coached various softball teams for both youth and adult leagues in the county.
George’s greatest community service passion and sense of pride was the St Leonard Volunteer Fire House, Company 7, which he considered his extended family. Serving for over 40 years, George was a Charter Member, a Founding Member, and a Life Member. George and his late wife Nancy Jo, along with a few other citizens in the area, began organizing and establishing this great department as far back as 1978, with letters of correspondence from George to the Calvert County Commissioners and the Calvert County Fire and Rescue Association. After countless hours and tireless efforts George’s dream of building a fire house in St Leonard finally came to fruition when ground was broken in 1986 with George and then Chief Leonard “Eddie” Long, along with the Calvert County Commissioners digging with the ceremonious shovels. St. Leonard Volunteer Fire and Rescue opened its doors for operations in March of 1987, with one Ambulance and one Engine. He received many awards over the years for Life Saving, Top Ten Runner, Fundraising as well as several others. George was inducted into the Calvert County Fire and Rescue Association Hall of Fame in 1994, the Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame in 1997. George served as President from 1982 through 1987, and again from 2010 through 2014. He served on the Board of Directors, as well as numerous other committees, been part of many apparatus replacements, prepared and assisted in annual budget process, and wrote and implemented the department Bylaws and Standard Operating Guidelines. In July 2020 he was granted the honorable title of “President Emeritus”.
He is survived by a son, Michael A. Anderson and his wife Staci, daughter Sheri Lynn (Anderson) McDonald and her husband Jim, daughter Kimberly Paddy and her husband Maurice. He is also survived by his Grandchildren, Megan Rae Bussard and her husband Brian (Bubba), Chelsea Rae Anderson, Amanda Brooks, Brianna Paddy and Christopher Paddy, 2 great grandchildren Daniel McGinniss and Madison McGinniss, and brother-in-law James Michael Sharpolisky.
The family will receive friends on Monday August 24, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. at Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Maryland. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Leonard Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, PO Box 101, Saint Leonard, MD 20685.
Monday, August 24, 2020