Memorial Service Slated for Bert W. Anger
Business executive and Lt. Col. in the Army was president of the Barrington Town Council and served as a member of the board of directors of the water authority.
A memorial service for Bert W. Anger of Barrington, who died on Jan. 2, 2013, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 191 County Road, Barrington. It starts at 2 pm.
The business executive was, perhaps, remembered best for serving as president of the Barrington Town Council and a member of the board of directors of the Bristol County Water Authority.
Anger passed away surrounded by members of his family. He was the husband of Helen (Ducharme) Anger for 47 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Bradford Anger, residing in Vietnam; two daughters, Monika Wilson of Riverside and Edith (Sutzie) Canzonetti and her husband, Richard, of Darien, Conn.; granddaughters Charlotte Symons and Amy Young, both of Rowayton, Conn.; and a grandson Andrew Canzonetti of Darien, Conn. He was the father of the late Walter B. Anger.
Born in Dusseldorf, Germany, Anger 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. He attended the Fieldston Academy prep school in New York and later graduated from Dartmouth College and the Tuck Business School.
Anger enlisted in the U.S. Army in December of 1942, trained with the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado, 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, Anger 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 in 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. He 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.
Anger 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.
Anger 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, Anger lived in Switzerland in charge of production and sales of factories in six European countries. When not traveling for occasional consulting assignments, he enjoyed tennis, golf, skiing, was an avid gardener of flowers and vegetables and enjoyed local politics.
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 Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871; or the ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128.