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Peter R. “Chico” Andersen

Posted By Wendy On May 3, 2019 @ 9:24 am In Obituaries | 56 Comments

1953 – 2019

Putnam – Peter R. Andersen lovingly known to all as Chico passed away unexpectedly on April 30, 2019. Chico was born in Teaneck, NJ in June of 1953. During his childhood, his family moved to Northeastern CT. Together they shared many adventures and experiences and made Putnam their home.

Chico loved his little town and wanted nothing more than to serve it as a Putnam Police Officer, and at the age of 42, he fulfilled his dream. He was the definition of a community police officer. He was highly thought of and frequently sought after by the residents of Putnam. When people needed help, they knew where to go, Chico. Chico served on the Putnam Police Department for 20 years before retiring. In his time, he served as a D.A.R.E. officer, was the face of the Thanksgiving meal drives outside of Price Chopper and was even known to stop motorists on holidays to give them gift baskets and to wish them well on their way and happy holidays. There is no true way to measure just how many people he touched, but his loss is felt by countless members of the community.

The outpouring of love and support his family has already received is a testament to the amazing man he was and how much he was loved.

In his retirement, Chico enjoyed playing countless hours of bad golf and holding court at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Woodstock Avenue with his Dunkin’ Crew. He was always more interested in how others were and would go out of his way to make sure everyone felt welcomed at his table. He truly cherished the people he saw day in and day out.

Chico always said the thing he was most proud of were his daughters. Whether it was family gatherings, holidays, family vacations, going to the movies or Sunday breakfasts his most treasured times were with Amy, Heather and their families.

Chico is predeceased by his brother Mark Andersen, his mother Lois Andersen, and his father Carl J. Andersen. He is survived by his daughters Amy T. Moriarty and her partner Joe Fogarty, and his daughter Heather L. Andersen and son-in-law Rick Stanley and his grandsons Dominique and Roman Stanley. Chico is survived by his siblings Anne Harninger, Sally Andersen, Niel Andersen, Carla Andersen and her husband Marcus Walther, Laura Lefevre and her husband Richard, Judith Holt, Ingrid Lincoln and her husband Wayne, Ellen Andersen, and Gus Andersen and his wife Laura Fisher-Andersen. His is also survived by many nieces, nephews and close friends who he loved.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit with Chico’s family on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 565 Ashford Center Rd, Ashford, CT 06278. For memorial guestbook please visit www. GilmanAndValade.com.

Condolences for the family of “Peter R. “Chico” Andersen”

Condolence from Shanon & Jim Sabourin on May 3rd, 2019 10:31 am

Chico was truly one in a million! Thank you for all of your many years of service to the community of Putnam. Your legacy will continue in your family. Rest easy.

Condolence from Marian Smat on May 3rd, 2019 10:50 am

Heather and Amy my deepest sympathy to you both, he was an awesome Father,officer and friend to all,may your memories guide you though hugs to you both

Condolence from Leslie Snow on May 3rd, 2019 11:43 am

Amy and Heather and the whole family..my heart goes out to you…I join all the others who experienced your Dad’s kindness in difficult times….join them in honoring and remembering Chico.

Condolence from Ian and Alycia Holt on May 3rd, 2019 11:49 am

To my uncle, thank you for being a man to look up to. Thank you for being a father to two incredible women. Thank you for caring for the people in your community and doing something to male it a better place. I love you and you will forever be in my heart. Amy and Heather I love you both and am sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Corrine Gambell on May 3rd, 2019 11:50 am

Dear Heather and Family, Truly sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from CarolAuger on May 3rd, 2019 11:55 am

My deepest sympathy to Heather, Amy and rest of the family. He was a wonderful guy and always a smile for everyone. He was one of the best and will be missed by many!!!!

Condolence from Lynn Reddy on May 3rd, 2019 12:08 pm

Deepest sympathy to Chico’s entire family. He was a good friend for many years and I am saddened by his sudden passing. RIP Chico-you were a treasure.

Condolence from Mike Bogdanski on May 3rd, 2019 12:11 pm

Loved this guy. Had many years in the gym trying to solve the problems of the world. He was a bid advocate of our martial arts program and what we do for kids. The pride of the putnam pd. Loved and respected by our community

Condolence from Terri Jones on May 3rd, 2019 12:12 pm

Rest In Peace my friend, a true treasure whom will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Judy Haines on May 3rd, 2019 12:13 pm

The Haines family is very saddened by the lose of
a great man.

Condolence from Michael B. Darcy on May 3rd, 2019 12:39 pm

My condolences to Chico’s family. Whoever wrote this obituary did an extraordinary job of capturing the essence of this man. Chico was beloved in Putnam and surrounding towns, and was a natural “community policing” officer. He was a bear of a man with a heart of gold and a personality that you just could not help but like. I enjoyed working with him when I was a trooper on patrol out of Troop D, and always enjoyed running into him as he walked through town, rode his Harley through town, or held court at Dunkin’ Donuts. Chico was a difference maker who left an indelible impact on his community, and he certainly did on me. This is a tremendous loss to the Putnam/Thompson area. Major Michael B. Darcy, Connecticut State Police, Commanding Officer, Eastern District. Thompson, Ct.

Condolence from Dick and Gail Whipple on May 3rd, 2019 12:59 pm

Our condolences from the west coast. Saddened by the loss of such a vibrant and caring man. We are sure he will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Joe & Denise Lewis (Henries) and family on May 3rd, 2019 1:10 pm

Chico was one of those friends in early Putnam years for me and my family. Chico was a friend to Joe since grade school. In later years Chico became a friend to both of us again. We were blessed with his presence for many breakfast dates and at our home and his. Chico touched many lives and will be forever in our hearts as a best friend to both of us. Our sincerest condolences to his family with love and prayers from us all.

Condolence from Junior Person on May 3rd, 2019 1:14 pm

Amy, and Heather,
I am so very sorry for your loss, for our loss even. For we all lost a very good man, a friend to all. Whether you were, short or Tall, Big or Small, Black or White, Brown or Yellow as long as you were a kind Fellow. I met Chico, through my Uncle Joe Lewis, who is a High School friend of his. Before I even new, Chico was a Police officer. He always treated you the same (unless, you really mess up or even worse, breaking the law) that’s who Chico was. When it comes to being a Good Man, an Officer of the Law
Chico Didn’t Just set the Bar, Chico is the Bar folks.

Condolence from Joan Monica Trudo on May 3rd, 2019 1:22 pm

Chico The Man !!! Not enough Positive words in our language to Truly Describe Our Gentle Giant …. Heather and Amy May You Always be Comforted in Knowing Everyone Loved Chico. I’m privileged to have shared His Friendship for 32 years. Your Huge Hugs , Bigger Heart, Your Genuine Smile and Hearty Laughter Will Live on in our Memories …. Forever
Celebrate This Fine Mans Life ….Go Rest High On That Mountain Chico
Joan Monica Trudo Lyles Tennessee
Formally USPS Putnam CT

Condolence from dolores rousseau kneeland on May 3rd, 2019 1:49 pm

my favorite memory of Chico is trying to teach him how to drive a standard transmission. By the end of the lesson we both had whip lash!!!

Condolence from Jeanmarie Frost on May 3rd, 2019 2:54 pm

My children and I have known Chico about 20 years. We had many great conversations. He was a good friend to talk to. And he truly was a gentleman and very kind to everyone. You always felt better after you had some time with Chico. I never had the privilege of meeting his family but I can tell you you are very blessed to have him as all of us in the community. I am very thankful and blessed to have met Chico and I know one day I will see him again with all my friends and family on the other side.

Condolence from Cherie on May 3rd, 2019 3:05 pm

Condolences to Chico’s family and friends. He was always so happy and always had a smile on his face. I wish more souls were like him. He is a one in a million will miss him. I thank the universe for bringing him to us we were blessed to have such a kind and loving soul Thank you Chico for your love and compassion there aren’t enough of many like you in this world. RIP my brother. Much love to you always. ❤️

Condolence from debbie little on May 3rd, 2019 3:53 pm

Deepest Sympathy to the Family. Sincerely Debbie Little

Condolence from Jennifer Savoie on May 3rd, 2019 4:13 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a great man and will be missed dearly. Thank you Chico for your service and being a great person. Rest in peace

Condolence from Marc & Robin Coderre on May 3rd, 2019 4:19 pm

Dear Anderson family. Chico was an amazing person with a heart of gold. Many nights I would meet Chico at Putnam schools for alarm calls. He was always jovial and helpful and you always felt safe when Chico was there. I would see Chico after his retirement and he was always cheerful. He will truly be missed by everyone in Putnam. God speed Chico.

Condolence from Steve Benoit on May 3rd, 2019 5:29 pm

Rest in Peace Chico. You were a great man and no one will ever fill your shoes.

Condolence from Shannah on May 3rd, 2019 6:21 pm

My condolences go out to your family, Chico was an amazing man not only to my family but to the community! I have known Chico for many many years. I met him when I was in grade school as he was my DARE officer! He kept in touch my whole life….. always checking in with me and asking how my family was doing…. he will be very missed by myself my family and many others…. RIP Chico we will all miss you…

Condolence from Tracie (Bellerose) Shaw on May 3rd, 2019 6:23 pm

Biggest hugs to to you Amy & Heather. I am so sad to learn of your dad’s passing. I have many fond memories of stories with Chico & company. He was a fine example of how we should treat each other.

Condolence from Jenn Desrosiers on May 3rd, 2019 6:37 pm

My condolences to Chico’s family. He was an extraordinary man and a treasure to his community. Godspeed Chico.

Condolence from Deborah Serafin – Lamiotte on May 3rd, 2019 7:15 pm

I have known Chico since the 70’s and yes he was a gentle giant even way back then. His sudden passing has saddened not only his immediate family but all of Putnam’s residents who have had the pleasure of knowing this compassionate and caring man. I am sure that Peter ( Chico ) was welcomed into paradise with all the love and tenderness that he showed to his family, his friends, any child that was in need, and to the people that Peter arrested. Peter did not look down his nose at less fortunately people but instead held out his hand to help In any way he could. Chico now has the time to work on his golf game, ride his bicycle/ motorcycle and who knows his spirit might take some time to still patrol downtown Putnam.

Condolence from Alan kovacs on May 3rd, 2019 8:39 pm

I met Chico at the beginning of my career. He and I. Had similar size and physiques. I tried to emulate his approach in dealing with others. Not to intimidate but conect with those I worked with. I can’t thank him enough for his tutelage. He will be a big part of my life that will be missed miss you my friend.

Condolence from Larry Gulllot on May 3rd, 2019 8:53 pm

Always going out of his way to say high and shake your hand and ask how your doing. A true police officer and well liked. He will be missed. God Bless.

Larry Guillot. (Ret. Detective Ct. State Police)

Condolence from Paulette Sheldon on May 3rd, 2019 8:58 pm

So very sorry to have received the news of Chico passing he he was a great man … RIP my friend!

Condolence from Frank Griffin on May 3rd, 2019 9:24 pm

To the Andersen family, my sincere condolences on the passing of Chico. We became friendly when I was a Trooper at Troop D and our friendship continued throughout the years. He always had a smile on his face and would go out of his way to talk with you. I would occasionally see him at his DD hangout and we always had a lengthy conversation about everything. He was well respected by the citizens of Putnam who he served. He was an asset to the Putnam Police Department. It’s sad that he was taken so soon from us. He talked of heading South for the warm weather. RIP my friend!!! Never to be forgotten.
Frank Griffin CSP Major Ret.

Condolence from Kevin Gaudreau on May 4th, 2019 12:13 am

My deepest condolences to ALL of Chico’s friends and family. My pleasure of knowing this great man goes back many, many years. A rare occurrence has submerged, I’m at a loss for words, the above comments cover it all! May my good friend RIP, dear God.

Condolence from Bob & Joan Brown on May 4th, 2019 10:15 am

Our deepest sympathy to the Anderson family. His friendship will be dearly missed by all of Putnam. Rest in peace.

Condolence from Shirley Humes on May 4th, 2019 10:58 am

I am so very sorry to learn of Chico’s early passing. He was a man of great stature and a pleasure to have known. No one can ever replace his genuine kindness and concern for
all his relatives and friends. Our dear sympathy to his large family and Putnamites.
RIP dear Chico!
The Humes family.

Condolence from Carol Clark on May 4th, 2019 11:01 am

So sorry for your sadness and your loss. May your hearts be filled with peace again soon.

Condolence from Beverly McGuire on May 4th, 2019 12:10 pm

My sincerest condolences to all of Chico’s family. I didn’t see him often; but when I was in Putnam and ran into him it was like no time had passed. May Chico rest in love and peace.

Condolence from lori lee cheney on May 5th, 2019 2:52 am

You were my hero when i needed you,, thank you for your friendship, your protection,,you have a huge family in all of us , we witnessed the best cop in America right in putnam ct.. now you can fly!!!!!!!!! much love brother anderson.

Condolence from Lisa A Bianchi on May 5th, 2019 9:36 am

Chico use to sit at the Pomfret Gun Shop for hours with my mother and family. She use to say he was her 6th son. She loved him very much! Everyone that knew him did! Love and prays to his family!

Condolence from Elaine Ducharme on May 5th, 2019 1:02 pm

Sorry to lose such a kind caring man.I had many interactions with him during my years at Day Kimball ER.He always had our backs.Ge truly cared about people and reached out to help whenever he could.Will always remember the happy smile.

Condolence from David Richardson on May 5th, 2019 1:08 pm

I will always remember Peter as that happy go lucky kid and just great guy. My sincerest and deepest sympathies to the family and all who knew him, a great loss for all. I will miss him.

Condolence from Harriett Cotnoir on May 5th, 2019 1:55 pm

So sorry for your loss. Chico was a good friend of my husband, Wayne Cotnoir. They worked together at Wycoff steel. Chico would sometimes visit us at our house… such a sweet guy. He will be greatly missed

Condolence from Allen Millette on May 5th, 2019 5:21 pm

Got my first bike from Chico, Recently ran into him when visiting Putnam. Haden’t seen for 20 years, walk up to him, he said who are you, when I told him he was so happy hugging me, saying he had hope to see me for years. He had not changed, still one of the nicest guys, I ever met. I saw him as the face of Putnam.

Condolence from Fran Pittman on May 5th, 2019 6:16 pm

My deepest sympathy to Pete’s family from someone who knew him from the time he first arrived in Putnam. Used to enjoy spending time with Pete, Neil and Sally at Recreation Park and on Annie Miller’s front porch on Fremont Street. I will treasure those memories of Pete and the rest of the Andersen family forever.
Fran (Blanchette) Pittman
South Carolina

Condolence from Susan Jankot on May 5th, 2019 6:48 pm

May God give you the peace and rest you earned.

Condolence from Susan L. Jankot on May 5th, 2019 6:59 pm

An awful loss for his family and friends…I know you are safe in God’s hands but you will be missed!

Condolence from Penny Francisco on May 5th, 2019 7:03 pm

Will miss our hugs and a kiss when ever we ran into each other. Will also never forget the day you took your mother for a bike ride and stopped at my Cafe. When I lost my brother he told me what a great guy he was and all he did for his family and community, well Chico was also a great person. We are all better for having known him. MFranciscoondolences

Condolence from Chrystal Wheeler on May 5th, 2019 11:09 pm

Amy and Heather and family. Jason and I send our condolences to you and your family. Mr
Chico, his big heart full of love and smiles. Love and blessings. Chrystal and Jason Wheeler.

Condolence from Dave Conrad on May 6th, 2019 4:03 pm

I have been away from Putnam for a while, but remember Chico very fondly. My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.

Condolence from Joe & Cheryl Margnelli on May 6th, 2019 7:43 pm

So sorry for your loss. He would always stop & talk with us whenever we ran into him in Putnam. He was a very helpful & friendly man. We always felt safer having him on the police force.

Condolence from Angela Vaillant Johndrow on May 6th, 2019 10:07 pm

I am so incredibly sorry for the loss of this great man. His arms were always open for a great big hug, and his kind and generous spirit touched my life. I’m so grateful that I had the chance to know him. Praying for you all in this difficult time.

Condolence from Joe White on May 6th, 2019 10:29 pm

So sorry to hear of Chico’s passing. He was one of the coolest guys I knew.

Condolence from DENIS DROUIN on May 7th, 2019 9:48 am

So sorry for your loss .
I knew him for a long time nicest guy, that I have ever met.
I will missed seeing you at DD
RIP my friend

Condolence from Garrett Beltis on May 7th, 2019 10:30 am

Chico was a great man, who raised a great family. It was an honor to know him during my time in Putnam.

Condolence from Debra Farrell, Formerly of Putnam CT on May 9th, 2019 5:16 am

Rest in Peace, Chico.

Condolence from Deb Dunn on May 9th, 2019 7:52 am

To the entire Anderson Family; So Sorry for your loss
. I knew CHICO since high school.
He was truly a legend in Putnam.
.He will missed by all.
My thoughts ,Prayers & hugs go out to each of you ,
Deb Dunn

Condolence from Diane Cooney on May 10th, 2019 12:55 pm

My sincere condolences to Chico’s family, especially his daughters. I knew both your parents when you and my sons were in school. Your father was a wonderful man with a great big heart, who continues to watch over you from heaven.

Condolence from Deborah (Jackson) Mounds on May 20th, 2019 10:13 am

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Chico. I remember him as a young man and friend of my brother, Fran Jackson. My sincere condolences to the Anderson family. I remember him as always smiling. Rest in Peace!

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