Andy Anderson, a former postal carrier who moved Ceres’ mail in the 1950s and 1960s, and later stayed connected to the community through service in the Ceres Lions Club, has died.
The death was announced by Lions Club secretary Duane Thompson.
“Andy was a great guy loved by all,” said Thompson. “He has been a valued member of the Ceres Lions Club since day one of his induction back in February of 2003.”
Anderson was named “Lion of the Year” by the Ceres club in 2013. He received his 15-year membership pin in 2018.
Anderson was involved in the community through the club and worked at the annual Ceres Street Faire.
“We relied on him heavily to collect all of our recyclables at our meetings for many years,” said Thompson. “He would even take the time to pull the can tops off and turn them in to us. We then in turn handed them off to the Ronald McDonald House, whose mission is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Clearly he had a soft spot for children as this was not just about helping the club out.”
Anderson moved to Oakdale in 2005 with wife Margie.
The Andersons came to Ceres in 1917 when his grandparents, Nicklars Aldred and Hazel Anderson came up from El Monte to buy a farm on Esmar Road. Andy was born in 1935 and attended the old Whitmore School on Lawrence Street which later became the Ceres Unified School District headquarters burned in the 1991 fire. While at Ceres High School he played football under Coach Wayne Harden and was part of the team that made Valley Oak champions in 1949 or 1950. He graduated in 1953.
Anderson was a clerk at the Ceres Post Office from 1956 to 1968 and once in a while delivered mail by bicycle.
Besides the Ceres Lions Club, he served on the board of directors of the Old Fisherman’s Club.