Bert W. Anger, of Barrington
Bert W. Anger, of Barrington, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, surrounded by members of his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Helen (Ducharme) Anger for 47 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Bradford Anger residing in Vietnam; daughter, Monika Wilson of Riverside; daughter Edith (Sutzie) Canzonetti and her husband Richard of Darien, Conn.; granddaughters Charlotte Symons and Amy Young, both of Rowayton, Conn.; and grandson Andrew Canzonetti of Darien, Conn. He was the father of the late Walter B. Anger.
Born in Dusseldorf, Germany, Bert was the son of the late Walter and Charlotte Anger. His father, a district attorney and private lawyer, was a member of the German Democratic Party. Due to his political affiliations he was forced to take his family and flee to America in 1936 when Hitler was leading Germany into war. Bert attended the Fieldston Academy prep school in New York and later graduated from Dartmouth College and the Tuck Business School.
Bert enlisted in the U.S. Army in December of 1942, trained with the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colo., taught German to government officers at Stanford, then was sent to England for intelligence training. He was assigned to the 1st Army Psychological Warfare Combat Team. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Bert and six other intelligence men were off the coast of Normandy. He landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was at the Battle of the Bulge, the Liberation of Paris and eventually to Berlin where he saw his hometown bombed to the ground. His war ended at the Elbe River where U.S. and Russian troops came together. Bert was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Croix de Guerre from the French government. In Rhode Island he became the company commander of D company 19th Special Forces Group. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Bert remained in Germany as a civilian advisor to the military government and from 1948 to 1950 studied international law at the University of Zurich under the G.I. Bill.
Bert and his family moved to Barrington in 1952. He enjoyed a long career as an executive with the former Nicholson File Co. and Textron, Inc. Before retiring in 1985, Bert lived in Switzerland in charge of production and sales of factories in six European countries. When not traveling for occasional consulting assignments, Bert enjoyed tennis, golf, skiing, was an avid gardener of flowers and vegetables and enjoyed local politics. He was president of the Barrington Town Council and a director of the Bristol County Water Authority.
A memorial service in his honor will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 191 County Road, Barrington on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; VNS of Newport and Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871; or the ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128. For online condolences, please visit www.smithmason.com.