John Anderson

April 20, 1961June 24, 2010

John Anderson Obituary

John was born on April 20, 1961 @ Westover Air-Force Base in Chicopee Ma. to John and Mildred (Barnes) Anderson, the youngest of five children. After the death of his mother in October 1962, he & his four siblings came with his Grandmother (Nana) Laura Shepard to live in Boston in 1963. He attended St. John’s & St. Hugh’s Elementary school, graduated Boston College High School in 1979 and attended MIT. While in college, he became a member of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, and the singing group "The Brothers". He launched his IT career at Blue Cross & Blue Shield; he also worked many years at the former Bank of Boston. Most recently, he was a Manager of Consulting Services for Intershop Communications out of San Francisco, California. He was an avid cyclist when he resided in Boston, studied Marshall Arts, like to play miniature golf, enjoyed reading, loved traveling & NPR radio; his hobbies included gaming & miniature F-1 racing; He had an exquisitely curious intellect, quick wit, and he loved to learn new things and could engage anyone on nearly any subject. John was very proud, and very stubborn; once his mind was made up rarely did he change it. He was however very thorough and thoughtful in his deliberations, so much so that he literally thought through almost any and every argument so he could defend his position. He was also fiercely loyal, loving, dedicated and devoted to his closest family and friends, to whom he would give the shirt off his back, or his last dime. He had been a confirmed bachelor up until meeting his beautiful and loving wife Kechi Iheduru and he became a devoted father to his young son Jason of whom he was so very proud. He threw himself wholeheartedly into family life. John leaves to mourn his loving grandmother Laura B. Shepard; was a loving brother to his sister Gayle Hay, also Joann Ferguson, and to brothers Jeffrey, Gordon, Lawrence & Eric as well as a devoted, dedicated uncle to his nieces Kaliis, Kiah & Samantha Smith, Alexis Hay & Nia Ferguson, as well as to his nephews Gabriel & Matthew Smith & Adriel Ferguson; he also leaves behind his step-mother Inez Anderson, and grand nephew Judah, a brother-in-law Stephen Hay, as well as many dear friends. He was an adoring Husband to his wife Kechi who he nicknamed “gorgeous”, and a caring loving stepfather to Obinna & Ogechi. His longtime loyal and devoted friend Thomas Patterson gave great comfort and strength to John and his family during his recent devastating illness. Our John was an intelligent, loving, kind, gracious & humorous gentle man. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 30, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Gayle Hay

August 23, 2010

It's been nearly two months and I still can not fully comprehend that you're gone. I miss you so much. When I think of you the sadness is sometimes overwhelming.I love you as much now as the first day I laid eyes on you when our mother brought you home from the hospital. I loved you with all my heart,and would give anything to have one more day with you. I'm so sad that I just missed you-I was planning to visit you on the day you left us. I'm so glad we had some time together on my last visit with you in March-you didn't feel well at all but you were so gracious, accommodating and so brave; I'm so glad you thought to take that last photo of the two of us, I cherish it. You were the best brother ever, simply a most wonderful, warm, generous, loving, kind, funny, kindhearted, nurturing, intelligent, humble human being. I will always love you 'little' brother, you were and always will be, my heart.

Your sister,

Jane Tsuang

August 12, 2010

I was truly schocked by the news of John passing away while I was away in Asia. I am sadden that for all the time we have known each other, the fun we had, and the common friends we share that I was not able to make it to his service. I worked with John at several different companies since ~1992 and have spent lots of time both at and outside of work with him. He is absolutely, hands down the best male friend a girl can ever have. Like others have commented, he is loyal, funny, smart, stubborn, argumentative, generious, a great listener 24X7, and above all a fantastic dancer. A confirmed bachelor until Kichi came into his life. We had some great arguments around his relationship issues in the 1990s. I am depressed not to have known that John was ill. As late as recent months, we would chat on MSN and he never expressed any issues with his health. We complained about the challenges of dealing with kids and swapped stories on raising teenagers. I am mad to see him go, he was one of the finest man I know.

Bernadine Kirkland

July 9, 2010


My prayers and love are with you, your son and family--immediate and extended. Thank you for sharing your story of the capture of the "confirmed bachelor." You made everyone laugh as we reminisced about our own personal experiences with John. He was very well loved and respected and a great Friend. John is part of some of my most cherished memories in Kuumba, from Thriller to tours. John's spirit will live in all of us forever. May the blessings of the Lord be upon you and give you peace. Please keep in touch as we would love for John's son to know us who loved his Dad.

Much love,

Jayne Logan

July 7, 2010

John always made me laugh with his stories,his re-enactments of movie scenes and his way of communicating with "a look". I was lucky to have known him. I hope his family is able to find the peace, love and happiness that John would want them to have.

Ron Alston

July 5, 2010

I have so many treasured memories of John during our time in Kuumba and as "Brothers". He was a dear friend and I will miss him greatly.

Marko Kranjcic

July 2, 2010

July 2, 2010 at 2:12pm

I have just read that John is not with us...
I am really sorry to hear that.
Me and my family are from Croatia, where he want twice and we were hosted by him several times in Boston around year 2000. We were not in touch lately, but we would exchange few messages from time to time. I have read about all this yesterday and we could not believe that this happened.
We have him in very nice memories, and he will stay in out hearts forever.
We did not meet his family, neither his wife, but, please send them condolences.

He was really fella to remember as good friend.

Regards, and greetings from Croatia

(sorry if I have mistyped something, English is not my native language, and I miss "real life" words)

Larry Anderson

July 1, 2010

I will always love and cherish the moments we shared together growing up. There will never be a moment that you will not be in my thoughts.Farewell my brother, God's love and peace be with you always.

Mary Roberts

July 1, 2010

To the family, my condolences to you during this time of grief. John, Kenny, and Jane were all good friends from a company that we worked at. John's laughter, kind spirit and wonderful personality will be missed. Rest in peace my friend

July 1, 2010

May God grant you and the family the fortitude to bear this great loss, and may John's soul rest in the bossom of our Lord, Amen.
Chito Uyanwune & family

Karla Selmon Callender

June 30, 2010

My condolences are extended to all who knew this “Kuumbabe and Brother”. I pray John’s wife and family will be comforted by their warm memories. May God’s grace, strength and peace be with you at this time.

A fellow Kuumba Member from the 80's,