Earl Robert Anderson Sr., 64, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at home surrounded by his loving wife and children after a long battle with heart complications and cancer. Earl was born in Bangor on Dec. 25, 1946 to Clifford and Olena (Grendell) Anderson.

Earl was a lifelong resident of Frankfort, a town he much loved and centered his life around. He was a member of the Frankfort Village Fire Department for 50 years. As the chief, Earl had many accomplishments including getting the fire department two separate grants, which led to a new 2008 fire truck as well as new turnout gear and Scott air packs.

At the time of his death, other than fire chief, he was the town Fire Warden and EMA Director. Earl held many other positions for the town of Frankfort including the restart of the Boy Scouts, positions on the Recreation Department, the Town Forest Committee, Dam Committee and the Budget Committee. He also served as constable.

He worked in construction for most of his life and was a lobster fisherman for many years. Earl loved hunting, fishing, going to camp, going to the Blue Hill Fair to watch horse and oxen pulls, all holidays, birthdays, parades and picnics. He was particularly proud of the float he designed to honor 9/11. He was a member of the Frankfort Congregational Church for many years.

Earl loved his loving wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his hometown of Frankfort. At this end of this month, Earl was looking forward to the moose hunt with his wife and family. Earl will be remembered as a strong and loving man.

Earl is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sandra; four daughters, Wendy O’Brien and her husband Mike of Frankfort, Melissa Bilodeau and her companion Dean Flye of Albion, Angela Norton and her husband Lenny of Frankfort, and Heidi Gabriel and her husband Eric of Frankfort; two sons, Earl Jr. and his wife Becky of Frankfort and Jeff Anderson and his wife Tami of Winterport; a brother, Gerald “Duff” and his wife Kelly of Maine and Florida; grandchildren, Mikey, Matt, Lizzy, Melinda, Gabe O’Brien, Hannah Bilodeau, Cassie Bonney, Makayla and Briana Gabriel, Billy and Melissa Duffy, Alyissa and Miranda Thibodeau; one great-grandchild, Jacob O’Brien Dyer; as well as several brothers and sisters-in-law.

Earl was predeceased by his parents; an infant son, Michael Anderson; a sister, Sally Scott; and his in-laws, Kenneth Sr. and Edna Lyford.

Family and friends may visit Friday, Sept. 23 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave. in Hampden. A funeral service with full firefighter honors will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m., at Frankfort Congregational Church, Main Street, Frankfort with Pastor Tim Hall officiating. Interment will be at Pilgrim’s Home Cemetery, in Monroe.

Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through hampdengilpatrick.com.