Chapel of Memories Funeral Directors

4005 Sixth Ave, Port Alberni, BC


Hugh Alan Anderson

September 25, 1933April 22, 2015

With sadness we announce the passing of Hugh Anderson, Wednesday April 22, 2015 at Port Alberni, BC. Hugh was born 25 Sept 1933, the only child of Alan & May (Bolduc) Anderson in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was raised in Yorkton, Saskatchewan where his father owned a hardware store. In 1952, while at university he met and married Doreen May Knepp. He graduated with a degree in history and political science, served as a navigator in the RCAF and worked in the insurance industry for many years, retiring from Thunderbird Insurance in 1998. Hugh served as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Comox-Alberni from 1974-1979. He served the community of Port Alberni for many years as a talk-show host on CJAV, on the Port Alberni Harbour Commission, as an alderman of the City of Port Alberni, as the Chair of the Regional District of Alberni Clayoquot. He was named a Freeman of the City in 2001. Hugh loved life and was a passionate Canadian. He also enjoyed his animals and automobiles. In his last years he volunteered at the local SPCA, Beaver Creek Community Club and Literacy Alberni. Hugh was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Doreen, in 2010 and grandson David in 1978. He is survived by daughters Leslie Tomczyk, Cathie Van Horne (Collin) and son Alan (Leslie), as well as 14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. We will miss him dearly. A service will be held at 1 p.m on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4815 Compton Road with Bishop Larry Johannessen conducting. Luncheon to follow immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hugh’s memory may be made to Literacy Alberni Society, 5100 Tebo Ave, Port Alberni, BC., V9 Y5Y6.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Hugh Alan Anderson

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Elaine & Helmut Bescherer

May 3, 2015

To the Anderson Family and the Van Horne Family,
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father and grandfather, Hugh Anderson. We are sure he will be missed by many who know him, but mostly by those of you who loved him.
Helmut & Elaine Bescherer

April 25, 2015

So sorry for your loss, he will be truly missed. Thanking him for his support and efforts with Beaver Creek Community Hall. He was a wonderful addition to our board. He always displayed strength and integrity.
Cindy McAnerin

Bob Harper

April 24, 2015

My sincere condolences to Hugh's family. I will remember him for his tireless work on behalf of the Alberni Valley. He will be missed.

Annika McDade

April 24, 2015

What an inspiring, passionate and hard working man. May his influence live on in all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sorry I cannot be there on Wednesday. Thinking of you all. With love, Annika McDade

Lyndie Kendall

April 24, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of Hugh's passing. Hugh was the morning sunshine and always had me laughing and smiling when he came into the office to pick up his morning paper. I send prayers and love to his family.

Carol Taylor (Bostedt-Lonardi)

April 23, 2015

Dear Anderson Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Father, Grandfather and Grandfather. He was such a good man! He was a blessing to Canada as well as his family and friends! I'll never forget his warmth and pride he showed at Allan's highschool graduation. He melted everyone's hearts! I pray for comfort, peace and abundant wonderful memories to flood your family.

Brian and Penny Cote

April 23, 2015

Condolences to Hugh's family. We always admired Hugh and appreciated his dedication and conviction for the betterment of our community. A great hearted man we will all miss.
Brian and Penny Cote (Port Alberni, BC)

Tom McEvay

April 23, 2015

My deepest condolences. Hugh was a good man dedicated to his family and to service to others. I greatly admired his contributions to our community. A life well lived. May his legacy live on through his family.

Susie Quinn

April 23, 2015

I had the privilege of meeting Hugh through Literacy Alberni, and he always had a booming "Hello!" for me whenever I saw him. I offer my condolences to his family and friends on his passing.
Susie Quinn, Alberni Valley News

Patty McDowall

April 23, 2015

Alan - I am so sad to read of your father's passing.. He was a very nice man. My mother knew him, I heard many nice things.. they shared their love of the Liberal party.. and so does my son Michael.. he knew your Dad as well. He came to my place of work (Yates) to make arrangements when your mother passed away. He was very, very sad at that time. I know that he will be happy that he is now with her. My condolences to you and all of your family. Respectfully, Patty McDowall