WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Richard Anderson of White Plains died June 25. He was 80.
Anderson grew up in Rye and was a graduate of Rye High School. He received his B.S. from Empire State College. He was the owner of Keymasters for 28 years, and was the only certified master locksmith in Westchester. He enlisted in the New York State Police in 1954 and retired from Division HQ in Albany as a senior investigator in 1976 after 22 years. As an NYS Trooper, he worked as a motorcycle trooper, then went into the Bureau of Criminal Investigation as an Investigator, taught hostage negotiation skills at the Academy, was a hostage negotiator, and was second in command of the statewide Special Services Unit investigating subversive activity, among other assignments around the state.
He was a member and NYS Trustee from FOP Lodge 188, The Former NYS Troopers Association and the Westchester Emergency Communications Association (W2RJA).
Anderson is survived by his wife, Abby of Ossining; son, Steve (Lauren); sister, Joan Brennan; brothers, David and Jimmy; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and nieces, nephews. He was predeceased by his daughters, Debbie and Beth.
Calling hours are Friday, June 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home in White Plains. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice or to one benefitting animals.