Memorial Service for Hank Anderson Sept. 21 in New Milford

Cramer & Anderson Founding Partner Henry B. "Hank" Anderson died June 22, 2019, at his home in Brewster, Mass.
Cramer & Anderson Founding Partner Henry B. “Hank” Anderson in 2018.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Cramer & Anderson Founding Partner Henry “B.” Hank Anderson is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the First Congregational Church of New Milford. Those who knew the legendary attorney and members of the public are invited to attend.

Anderson died at age 101 on June 22 at home in Brewster, Mass., where he lived with his wife “Bunny” (Theresa Virginia). Anderson prepared the details for his own memorial service many years ago, including the speakers, and left instructions with the church, which were passed along to the current pastor, Rev. Shannon Wall. Anderson’s ashes were buried this past July in the New Warren Cemetery.

Cramer & Anderson Partners Art Weinshank and Randy DiBella will speak at the service, along with Judge John D. Moore. The church’s condolence committee will serve sandwiches and desserts after the service.

See Our 2018 Tribute Story:
Cramer & Anderson Founding Partner Hank Anderson Looks Back at His Life and Illustrious Legal Career

“The passing of Hank Anderson was the end of an era, not only for Cramer & Anderson but for the Bar here in Connecticut,” Attorney Weinshank said after Anderson’s passing. “His personal accomplishments and prominence gave such stature to the firm and made us more than a local Litchfield County law firm.”

A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut School of Law, Anderson was a decorated Navy veteran who survived two separate kamikaze attacks on ships during World War II.

Following the war, and after finishing his master’s and law degrees, Anderson came to western Connecticut to live and work, initially joining the firm of Attorney Harry Bradbury, before partnering with Attorney Francis S. Ferriss to form the firm Ferriss and Anderson. 

After Attorney Ferriss died in 1957, Anderson and his friend Attorney Paul B. Altermatt formed Anderson and Altermatt. In 1962, they joined their firm with Cramer, Blick, Fitzgerald & Hume to create Cramer & Anderson, which was originally based in New Milford and Litchfield and has grown to include six offices in western Connecticut.

Among his many state and national roles, Anderson served as president of the Litchfield County Bar Association, and was a Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Association and American Bar Association. In addition to guiding Cramer & Anderson, he helped to shape the practice of law in Connecticut and beyond.

“Anderson was the recipient of numerous distinguished legal awards,” a UConn Law story recounted. “In 1989 he was voted Citizen of the Year by the State of Connecticut Courts of Probate. In 1990 The Connecticut Bar Association awarded him the John Eldred Shields Award for his professional services to the community at large—over 900 hours of pro bono services. He was also voted Probate Attorney of the Year by the Connecticut Probate Assembly.”

For more on Anderson, see our website tribute, as well as an obituary published June 30 in The News-Times, and a story about his life in the Greater New Milford Spectrum.

~ About Cramer & Anderson ~

Serving clients from six offices in western Connecticut, Cramer & Anderson has a hometown sensibility, a strong regional presence, and a worldly outlook in Practice Areas extending from Personal Injury and Divorce & Family Law to Immigration, Municipal Law, Land Use Law, Real Estate, Workers’ Comp and much more.

The flagship office is located on the Green in New Milford. Additional offices are located in Danbury, Litchfield, Kent, and Washington Depot, and the firm’s newest office is located in Ridgefield, serving Fairfield County. For more information, see the website at crameranderson.com or call the New Milford office at (860) 355-2631.