Hollyburn Funeral Home

1807 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC


Dr. Richard George Crompton ANDERSEN

July 4, 1933February 10, 2020

ANDERSEN, Dr. Richard George (Dick) July 4, 1933 - February 10, 2020 Died peacefully surrounded by his family at Lions Gate Hospital where he was born and had cared for patients throughout his life. Dick is survived by his wife Mary, their 3 children Lucy (Chris), Jonathan (Chris), and Gillian, grandchildren Helena, Frances, Georgia, and Eli, and his brother David. He was predeceased by his sister Deirdre McKechnie in 2003. Except for 5 years in Ottawa during the war, Dick’s childhood was spent in West Vancouver and summers with his grandparents on Quadra Island. Dick graduated from UBC with a BA in biology and fisheries and then medicine at McGill University where he became a general practitioner. He met his future wife Mary while skiing at Mt Tremblant. They were married in Montreal on September 29, 1962, then settled in West Vancouver to start his practice and to raise their children on a run down property that, with much work, evolved into a beautiful and much loved ‘estate’. Dick was a man of many talents. He was athletic and loved tennis and golf (he was a long time member of Vancouver Lawn and Tennis Club and Capilano Golf Club) and spent many weekends skiing with friends and family at Whistler where he was a volunteer doctor for 25 years. Dick had a talent for woodwork, building a cabin on Hollyburn Mt when he was 16 and boatbuilding after he retired. He also wrote a number of stories including a memoir. Dick will be remembered for his gentle and caring manner, love of nature and animals, appetite for reading, talent for shaggy dog tales, and passion for trying new projects. Heartfelt thanks to Lions Gate Hospital for their gentle and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations to McGill University or Lions Gate Hospital would be appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held at Capilano Golf and Country Club at 3pm on March 4, 2020. So come, my friends, be not afraid. We are so lightly here. It is in love that we are made In love we disappear Leonard Cohen


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Rick Higgs

February 22, 2020

As a young family when we settled in North Vancouver in 1971, Dr. Anderson was referred to us and, fortunately, he took us into his family practice. He cared for my wife Lynda and watched over the pregnancies & birth of our 2 sons Tyler & Jeremy at Lions Gate Hospital. We scrubbed up together before the deliveries. On going to him about a sore back, Doctor Andersen said, "I can't find anything wrong with your back, but you have a doozy of a hernia." Surgery at Lions Gate followed. A few years later, I fell and developed excruciating pain in my back and rapidly increasing mobility difficulties. He immediately lined me up with a Specialist and into the scanner I went at Lions Gate. A herniated disc. I recovered without surgery, in part because Doctor Anderson recognized a clear risk of disability. I have only fond memories of a kind, caring & generous man, who was a thorough professional. Rest in peace Dr. Dick Andersen.

michael Marshall

February 21, 2020

the medical community has lost a great man. I was fortunate enough to know Dick as a patient, a colleague, and a fellow golf nut. He may have been partly responsible for my decision to apply to Medicine. When I was a youth, I suffered from debilitating asthma, and Dick came over to our house a couple of times to inject me with adrenaline. The effect was so remarkable that my little 10 year old brain said that's what I want to do with my life. Not a bad legacy!
I also remember Dick as a true gentleman, always ready with a smile, a kind word, or a quip, as needed. I will miss you, Dick

Eric McKechnie

February 14, 2020

Dear Mary: Joanne and the girls and I are thinking of you at this time of grief; we will be thinking of you and praying for you in the days ahead. Eric

Eric McKechnie

February 13, 2020

Dear Lucy, Jonathan and Gillian: I was so sad to hear about your dad passing away. I have fond memories of Uncle Dick and always appreciated his humour and kindness.
Kindest regards,

Alix Going

February 13, 2020

My deepest condolences to Mary, Lucy, Jonathan, Gillian and children. I have many fond memories of my uncle and especially the times when we would meet for lunch or talk on the phone and he always had such wonderful stories. He will always be fondly remembered.