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BATH - Willis (Will) Saunders Anderson, 74, died Saturday,, March 7, 2015, at this residence with his wife and sons by his side.

He was born in Yonkers, New York and raised in Ardsley, New York, a son of Willis and Ann (Phelan) Anderson.

Will graduated from Cornell University where he began his lifelong passion of collecting breweriana, a word he coined, meaning antique beer memorabilia. This collection led to his authoring nine beer books, including "The Beer Book", (1973), which afforded him the opportunity to be on The Today Show and What's My Line. He was co founder of the East Coast Breweriana Association. Will also wrote books on roadside architecture, baseball, basketball and 50's Rock and roll. Will was proud of his adoptive state and wrote several Maine books including Good Old Maine, When Rock and Roll Rocked Maine and Here's to Hoops. Will received the state of Maine Historic Preservation Award for his "diligent and dedicated service in support of Maine's historic and cultural heritage. "

In 2002 he was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame for his baseball writing, not because of his "prowess", he would point out. Will was a member of the committee to bring professional baseball to Maine (Seadogs) and chaired the name the team committee.

Will hosted radio shows in Maine and Connecticut demonstrating his love and incredible knowledge of early rock and roll. One of his fondest memories was the 14,000 mile cross county trip he and his wife made to research is favorite book, "Where have you Gone, Starlight Café,".

He is survived by his wife Catherine Buotte of Bath; his sons, Carl and his wife Paula of Milford, Massachusetts and Curt and his wife Tracy of Glastonbury, Connecticut; grandchildren, Kelsey, Lindsey, Matthew and Jack; his sister, Carol Fortier and her husband Alexander of Westerly, Rhode Island and a niece, Lorna O'Malley of Winchendon, MA, and many friends and fans.

The family would like to thank CHANS (and especially Allison Reynolds) and Aging Excellence for their care and support.

A celebration of his Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY, 10018. or, support.pdf.org. Condolences may be made online at www.Daiglefuneralhome.com
Published on  March 10, 2015
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