Niagara Gazette


June 30, 2014

Ambassador Douglas S. Anderson


Ambassador Douglas S. Anderson, of the Tuscarora Nation, fulfilled this chapter of life's circle on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Mt. St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, NY. A member of the Turtle Clan, he was born in Niagara Falls, NY, on March 18, 1951, the son of Duane S. and Isabell (Dubuc) Anderson of the Tuscarora Nation.
Mr. Anderson graduated from Niagara Wheatfield and attended the University of Buffalo. He was the Tuscarora Road Commissioner and responsible for the reconstruction of Chew Road, along with several other projects on the Tuscarora Nation. Mr. Anderson travel extensively and owned and operated his own contracting business in the the 1980's while living in California. In his travels, he befriended many people from diverse cultures and became a passionate advocate for the right of the oppressed of marginalized peoples. He became a Haudensaunee Ambassador to the United Nations, were he remained committed to helping not only his own Tuscarora Nation, but also many other Indigenous Peoples around the world. In this regard, he continued the legacy of his uncle Wallace "Mad Bear" Anderson.
In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Catherine G. Anderson; two brothers, Duane S. (Patricia) Anderson, Jr. and Joseph M. Anderson; a sister-in-law, Holly Anderson; dearest friend of Neomie Diagostino and Ida Rickard; three step-children, Bess Thomas, Donald Earl Scott, Jr. and Joseph Lee "Zazoe" Scott. He is also survived by several grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless dear friends. Mr. Anderson was the brother of the late Rex Paul Anderson, who died on December 9, 1994.
The family will be present on Tuesday from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 5893 Hoover Road, SANBORN, NY. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10:00 AM at Holy Family Chapel, 5180 Chew Road, Sanborn, NY, with the Rev. Peter M. Calabrese officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
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