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Henry J. Anderson, 84, of Palmyra, Pa., a welder at the former American Locomotive Co. plant in Dunkirk, died Thursday (Sept. 24, 1998) in his home.

Born in Sheffield, Pa., he came to the Dunkirk-Fredonia area in 1940 and worked at Alco until it began closing in 1962. He also operated a five-acre grape farm in West Sheridan for 20 years.

He moved to southeastern Pennsylvania in the mid-1960s and worked as a welder at the Cleaver Brooks Co. boiler factory in Lebanon, Pa., until he retired in 1979. Following his retirement, he led visitors on tours of the plant for several years.

He was a former president of the United Steel Workers local at Alco, serving during a lengthly strike in 1948. He also served as union president at Cleaver Brooks. While farming, he was a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service and the G.L.F. cooperative in Fredonia.

He was a former master of Dunkirk Lodge, F & AM, a member of the School Board for the former Sheridan District No. 8 School and a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Dunkirk, where he taught an adult Sunday school class. He also played tournament chess in Dunkirk, Jamestown and Buffalo.

In Pennsylvania, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Annville, a past president of the Hershey Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons and a member of the Hershey Woodcarvers.

An accomplished woodworker and oil painter, as a youth he built a classic coach for General Motors' Fisher Body scholarship competition. In retirement, he made hundreds of ornamental carved ducks and other small birds. He also was an amateur winemaker, entering his vintages in local Pennsylvania wine shows.

He and his wife, the former Florence Keller, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May. They traveled extensively, visiting Europe numerous times as well as China and the former Soviet Union, where they crossed Siberia by train.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Dale, a staff reporter for The Buffalo News, Thomas of Mesa, Ariz., and William of Highland, Mich.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the chapel at the Lebanon Valley Brethern Home, Palmyra.


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