Joseph Michael Ander

September 22, 1968October 20, 2018
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Joseph Michael Ander, loving husband, father, and friend, passed away at age 50 on October 20, 2018. Joseph was born in Dover, Delaware on September 22, 1968 to Ann McCabe. He was the beloved husband of Tricia, whom he married in 1991, and the father of their three children Rachael, Laura, and Mathew. Joseph served in the United States Coast Guard from 1994 until 2016, retiring with the rank of Chief as a Damage Controlman. He was a lifelong volunteer, serving with both the Camden-Wyoming Fire Company and the East Great Plain Volunteer Fire Company. A consummate outdoorsman, he loved his friends and family fiercely, and was at his happiest spending time with them. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Marjorie McCabe; and grandfather, Norman McCabe. Joseph is remembered by his mother Ann; his beloved wife, Tricia; his children Rachael, Laura, and Mathew; and a host of other family and friends who will each miss him dearly. All who knew and loved Joseph are welcome to attend the visitation, officiated by Pastor Chuck Tyree, on Monday, October 29 from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Church & Allen Funeral Services, 136 Sachem Street, Norwich, Connecticut, 06360. Calling hours will be immediately followed by a procession to his graveside service at Maplewood Cemetery. Words of Comfort and Condolences may be expressed at Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Avenue, Norwich (860) 887-1769. Please visit


  • Vistiation Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, October 29, 2018

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Russell Dever

October 31, 2018

My deepest condolences to Joe’s family. I distinctly remember him teaching me how to weld as a junior Damage Controlman. He made a huge impact on me with his patience and friendly demeanor. So much so, that I took his way of teaching and use it to teach my Damage Controlmen. I sit at his desk now in Ketchikan, Alaska. I’m honored and humbled to have known him and walk in his boots now. Fair Winds and Following Seas, brother. You are deeply missed. DCC Russ Dever, USCG

Bobbie Hesd

October 28, 2018

He was always that smiling guy through all the ops on the Mighty Dallas. Such a ray of sunshine and fun to be around. He was one of the best I served with. My condolences to his family and all who loved him.

Danny Mount

October 27, 2018

He was my “A” school instructor in 2004. I remember him well as a great instructor and overall person. I want to offer my condolences. Fair Winds & Following Seas, RIP shipmate.

Ray Roche

October 26, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It was a joy to work in the presence of Joe. I will never forget the impact he made in our Norwich Facility.

Jen Gaudio

October 25, 2018

When I learned I had a DC1 on light duty assigned to work with me at the US Coast Guard Museum I have to be honest, I was a bit nervous and intimidated. I shouldn't have worried because in a week Joe was family. He was like the big brother I never had. He was this goofy, funny guy who was the best storyteller and he had an amazing ability and intellect to solve problems. Joe fiercely loved his family, his country and baseball. Every Monday I would hear about his hunting exploits over the weekend. He was my coast guard mentor. He taught me a lot about the traditions and honors, the challenges and the camaraderie of being part of the Coast Guard's enlisted. He made chief while still working with me. One of my favorite memories is hosting his advancement at the museum and seeing how proud he was. Joe was a wonderful friend and mentor. I will miss him terribly. Fair winds, Joe.

Kristen Gonzalez

October 25, 2018

I was stationed with Joe on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. I was drawn to him because of the way he spoke about his wife and kids. Immediately, I could tell that he loved his family and missed them terribly when we were away. Joe was always calm, funny, and a great leader and teacher. We would often spend time in a large group of crew members getting in to all sorts of adventures from horseback riding to baseball games and everything in between. I still can’t believe you’re gone, Joe.