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Roger Wayne Anderson
December 19, 1951 ~ September 2, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
Roger Wayne Anderson, a beloved son of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away on September 2, 2023. He was born on December 19, 1951, and raised in the heart of Roxbury by his devoted parents, Elnora Anderson Ivey and Harvey Ivey. Wayne (as he was affectionately known) attended Boston Public Schools in his youth and was a proud member of the Boys & Girls Club of Roxbury. In 1974, Wayne entered into matrimony with his cherished soulmate, Jacqueline “Jackie” Ruth Anderson, embarking on a lifelong journey of love and companionship that endured until her departure from this earthly realm in 2013.
Wayne was known not only as a doting husband but also as a steadfast provider for his family. He dedicated many years of his life to working for a sheet metal company and, most notably, for the City of Boston in the Parks Department. His unwavering commitment to public service and his community had a profound impact on all those he served. He was more than just an employee; he was a resolute steward of Boston's green spaces, forging friendships throughout the city along his daily route.
Beyond the realm of work, Wayne was celebrated for his passion for music and his particular affection for jazz. He found solace in the harmonious rhythms that filled his life and shared this musical affinity with his daughters, Tanya and Poochie.
Wrestling was not merely a sport to Wayne; it was a beloved pastime that embodied his strength and determination. His enthusiasm for the sport resonated with those who knew him, and his sons, Eddie, Cunnel, & Morell, fondly recall Saturday mornings spent wrestling with their dad.
Wayne possessed a wonderful sense of humor that could illuminate any room. His gift for bringing joy and laughter to those around him endeared him as a cherished friend and confidant. Though when it was required, he knew how to show the side of himself that earned him a reputation as someone who was not to be messed with.
Wayne leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He is survived by his sisters, Jackie Ivey, Janice Ivey Ashley, Wanda Ferriabough, his cousin Carol Monterio, and his children. He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Jackie, siblings: Neil "Buster" Anderson, Gloria Anderson, Brenda Blackiemore, and his eldest son, Edward White, Sr.
Wayne's memory will endure through his four surviving children: Charlene "Tanya," Cunell (Tiffany), Morell (Tracey), and Jacqueline "Poochie." Wayne’s legacy will also live on through his 28 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren who will forever hold his love and wisdom close to their hearts. Additionally, he is remembered by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends, who were undoubtedly touched by his presence throughout their lives.
Above all, Wayne was celebrated as a devoted family man and an exemplary role model. He touched the lives of so many young people, including his children's friends, leaving an indelible impression of kindness, resilience, and love. He was a “dad” to so many children growing up on and around Worcester Street in Boston’s South End.
Roger Wayne Anderson's departure from this world leaves an irreplaceable void, but his memory will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will forever reside in our hearts.
Wayne, you will be profoundly missed, but your spirit will endure through the love and cherished memories you've left behind. Rest in eternal peace.