Obituary of Malcolm Anderson
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Malcolm Anderson, who passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, in Granite Ridge Care Community following a battle with vascular dementia. Malcolm is survived by sister Marney Haigh, and sons Fraser and Richie.
Born in Yorkshire, England in 1936, Malcolm was a young boy during the second World War, and grew up in difficult conditions. Upon completing College, he worked briefly in a colliery (coal mine) before being drafted into the British Army. He served in the Intelligence Corps, and trained as a sniper (though he never shot at anyone!). His military service took him to Libya and Cyprus, both during strained international times. Malcolm completed his required two years of service and was discharged with the rank of Corporal.
He studied early computing systems and business management after military discharge, and in 1966, secured a position with a Canadian company in Montreal (Canadair), and moved his family (wife and two boys) to Canada. Malcolm then had a lengthy career at Bank of Montreal, rising to Project Manager in Computer System Development, where he was universally liked by colleagues, superiors and all who worked for him.
Malcolm had a thirst for knowledge and later studied and graduated from McGill University as a licensed ‘French to English’ translator. He took an interest in viticulture and joined a wine club, which led to Malcolm chauffeuring small groups of Canadian ‘wine’ travelers to Europe on tours of chateaux and wineries. Through his love of all things wine, and his accumulated knowledge, he was offered the position of Wine Writer for The Montreal Gazette, where he wrote the weekly wine column for 17 years. Retirement followed, with travel, friends, family, and a glass or two of wine with the ‘Fab Four’.
Malcolm was a happy, outgoing, social guy who loved to laugh and to entertain. He participated in many sports throughout his life, particularly cricket and soccer, was a voracious reader, acted in plays, and was an accomplished artist, amongst his many talents. He will be missed by many and remembered by anyone who was lucky enough to have met him. Online condolences may be made at colefuneralservices.com.