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CUMBERLAND — Clayton Clifford “Tuna” Anderson, 56, of Cumberland died Sept. 24 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough after a diagnosis of cancer.
He was born in Portland, on July 3, 1958, a son of Janice Anderson and raised by Lewis Anderson. He was educated in Cumberland schools and graduated from Greely High School in 1976.
Anderson worked at the family business, Anderson Lobster Traps, for many years. Once his children were born – he became a stay-at-home dad for his greatest accomplishments and his greatest joys; daughters Sara and Julia Anderson. He did this for seven years and cherished every moment of it, as did the girls.
When the girls got into school he went to work for his cousin, Robert, at Anderson Landscaping where he worked for years with his best friend, Lee Smith. When the Toddy Brook Golf course was built, Anderson worked on the grounds and in the pro shop.
He and loving companion Terri Maynard were two of the very first members of Toddy Brook and helped build a small portion of the bridge on the signature fourth hole.
Anderson’s second greatest accomplishment of course was his golf game. He was a member of Val Halla and Toddy Brook, where he was club champion three times. For years he played every Friday afternoon with his good buddies, John Paradis, Greg Leighton and Rich Eliot or Brian Lippold. In the winter he would golf in Myrtle Beach with a group of buddies. Over his lifetime he had six holes in one and shot two rounds of 66.
Anderson always made it a point to make whoever was playing along with him feel good about their game. He was especially proud of Terri’s sons. He enjoyed Dean’s passion for golf and excellent game, and watching Nick catch touchdown passes for Greely.
He also played a round of golf with former Boston Bruin and NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque after good friend Rick Baietti bid and won an auction to play with Bourque at Salem Country Club in Massachusetts.
Anderson loved life, and lived it with true optimism. Even after his diagnosis he continued to live with grace. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
Clayton is survived by his daughters: Sara and Julia; his parents, Janice and Lewis Anderson, of Yarmouth; a brother, Dana Anderson and his wife, Barbie, of Old Orchard Beach; sisters Deb Anderson, of Cumberland, Rebecca Marr and her husband, John, of Falmouth, Liddy Laverriere and her husband, Joe, of Portland; 10 nieces and nephews, one great-niece; his true love of 13 years, Terri Maynard; and her sons, Dean and Nick.
He was predeceased by his father, Dana Cobb Anderson, who died shortly before Clayton Anderson’s birth; his paternal grandparents, Hazel and Clifford Anderson; his maternal grandparents, Inez and Robert True; as well as his great-grandmother, Flora Stinson.
A memorial service was held Oct. 4 at at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church.