David Palmer Anderson

March 20, 1926November 19, 2021

David Palmer Anderson of Congers, NY, 95 years old, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2021. He was born on March 20, 1926 to Katherine Barnes Odell and George Wesley Anderson at the Congers home of his great grandmother. Dave was a real patriot and a proud veteran. He graduated from Congers High school early so he could join the army and was stationed in the Philippines at the end of WWII. After the war and on his first day at New Paltz State Teachers College, he met his future wife, Lois Anne Whittaker of Bay Ridge, NY (a city slicker). They married in 1949 and later raised three children in his family home. After attending Embry-Riddle and a short stint as an airplane mechanic, Dave got his Masters in Education from NYU, first teaching 4th grade English at the Congers School, then at Clarkstown High School in New City, later being promoted to Assistant Principal until his retirement in 1981. In retirement Dave enjoyed maintaining his homes, cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, tractors and large garden all the while volunteering driving for the Congers Valley Cottage Ambulance Corp. He earned his EMT status and helped thousands of people. He was talented in carpentry, house and car maintenance, antique boat restoration, Hudson River Boating and drinking inexpensive gin with his friend George. Dave was an airplane enthusiast and once proudly owned his own airplane. He belonged to the Rockland County Model Aviators Club and for years enjoyed flying (crashing) his remote control model planes which he hand built. Dave was a talented trumpet player and musician. He taught himself piano, bass, electric guitar and trombone, which he enjoyed playing professionally with various jazz bands. Dave could also sing and was a member of The Hudsoneers Choral Group and belonged to choirs at the Congers Methodist Church and St John’s Episcopal Church in New City. Over the years, Dave enjoyed his family getaways in Holly Hill and Bradenton, FL as well as his peaceful cottage at Wolf Lake, NY.

He is survived by his daughter Nancy Anderson Moore (Rick) of Charlottesville, VA and his son Richard Whittaker Anderson of Congers, NY, his loving granddaughters Elizabeth Anderson Moore of Charlottesville and Katherine Claire Moore of Richmond, VA and his most beloved great granddaughter Sepha Moore, also of Charlottesville. In addition, he is survived by his sweetheart Susan Brown of New City, NY who brought him joy in his later life. He was predeceased by his son David James Anderson and his wife Lois.

Dave didn’t want any of the standard services like a wake or funeral. His burial will be private. Although not necessary, donations in his memory can be made to your favorite charity, or Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance Corp. or St. John’s Episcopal Church, New City, NY


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Nancy Moore

November 23, 2021

Dad, we will miss you.

Chris Bergstol

November 23, 2021

Dave Anderson was an amazing man. Even though it has been over 20 years since I last saw him, I am glad I got to know him back in the late 80s and early 90s when I was a member of the Congers-Valley Cottage Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Dave was a dedicated member who was eager to learn from anyone (including a young punk like me) so he could better serve his community. My Air Force career eventually took me away from Congers in 1993 and looking back, I wish I was able to spend more time hanging around him and learning his secrets to a successful and long happy life.

To a fellow aviation enthusiast I leave Dave and his family with some words from John Gillespie Magee who was a WWII fighter pilot. Rest in Peace my friend, you have served your nation and Congers faithfully and will not be forgotten.

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
"Up, up the long delirious burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, where never lark, or even eagle, flew; and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God."

michael Salvati

November 22, 2021

RIP Mr Anderson Thank you for checking in on my Mom after Dad passed, They always has good things to say about you.

Leslie Dachs

November 22, 2021

Dear Rich,
So sorry for your loss. Your dad was the assistant principal when I started at North. He was always supportive and helped me navigate the challenges facing a new teacher. He was approachable and shared his sense of humor with us.
Sending my condolences ,
Leslie Dachs

Kathy Davidson

November 21, 2021

Dear Rich & Nancy ,

All the Davidson's adored
Dave Anderson since the moment we arrived in Congers in 1973.
A wonderful man & loyal& kind friend.
Dave was so talented & ingenious.
He always made me laugh.
Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers,
Kathy Davidson

Cynthia Sheridan

November 21, 2021

Mr. Anderson (I would never call him Dave!) was the AP when I started at North in 1976. I will always be grateful for the kindness he showed to me, a new teacher fresh out of college. He was an overall great guy.

Christine Lypen

November 21, 2021

Dave was a great interesting man. I remember just moving in four houses away in 1995 and he came flying up on my lawn on his scooter to introduce himself. I laughed for months. He always had great stories He will be missed Our deepest condolences to the family

Christine & Colin McGrail

Stephen Doyle

November 20, 2021

While I haven’t seen Dave in many years, he was a huge influence on me early on in life. I met Dave when I joined Congers Ambulance Corps and aside from being a knowledgeable EMT, Dave was probably the nicest man I’ve ever met. I remember spending morning with he, Ed Paulson & Rudy. I can only hope to live the life Dave had and be at least half the man he was and taught me to be. Rest easy Sir. Prayers to the entire Anderson Family.

Frank Cifuni

November 20, 2021

Mr. Anderson was a great man. He helped make Clarkstown a great school. I remember him from school and also when he was with the EMT unit in Congers.
You can't replace a Dave Anderson- may he rest in peace.

Bairbre Gaynor-Ryder

November 20, 2021

My sincere condolences to Mr. Anderson’s family. I had him as an English teacher in high school and he was wonderful. Blessed Be.