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KINGSTON, NH: Bruce Anderson, 66, of Kingston, N.H., died September 1 in a small plane crash in North Hampton, N.H. He was the son of the late Fredrick and Annette Anderson, and brother of the late Nancy Anderson. He is survived by a sister, Barbara Morrison Watts; nieces, Diane Page and Linda Nixon; nephews, Glenn Morrison and Steven Riel; seven great-nieces and great-nephews; and six great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Born in Haverhill, Mass., Bruce was a 1966 graduate of Haverhill High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Salem State College. Bruce was proprietor of Sunrise Tree Service.

With Bruce’s passing, Kingston has lost one of its most active, versatile, and dedicated citizens -- a good neighbor, friend and businessman, devoted to people, animals, nature, and history.

Bruce was active in the Kingston Lake Association (KLA), served as a Lake Host at the town landing, and ran the KLA's annual canoe and kayak regatta in August, with his trademark zest and wisecracks, as well as his dedication and sense of community spirit. As a member of Friends of Kingston Open Spaces (FOKOS), he helped the town acquire lands to protect the watershed quality and the rural nature of the town. With the Friends of the Church on the Plains, he worked to get the steeple roof repaired, gave his time to keeping up the grounds, and advocated for "the Pearl of the Plains" in town affairs.

An avid musician, singer and thespian, Bruce sang in many Christmas and spring concerts in that Church, with Voices of Distinction. In the 1990s, he was a stalwart member of the Encore Theatre Group, which performed in the town hall. He was memorable in many comic roles, notably starring in "Moon over Buffalo." His dramatic gifts were also appreciated in performances at the Newburyport Fire House Theater, where he performed in "Random Acts" (short plays written, cast, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours) and in offerings of new plays by area writers.

In the early 2000s, Bruce studied for and passed the exam to become a Licensed Arborist, bringing a new level of expertise to his longtime tree service. He always loved trees and the woods, and knew how to connect to his customers too. He trained many young men to be both skilled and responsible employees. His love of the outdoors could be seen in his hiking, skiing, kayaking, fishing, motorcycling, and boating. Bruce always sought the adventure. He and his dog, Sadie, are enjoying adventures together again.

A Celebration of Bruce’s Life was held with an overflowing crowd on Sunday, September 14, at Kingston Congregational Church, 6 Church St., Kingston, NH 03848. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to The Friends of the Church on the Plains, www.churchontheplains.org/contact.html.
Published on  October 16, 2014
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