Robert Anderson: Harbour master and historian held in high regard on Causeway coast
SUCH was the regard for harbour master Robert Anderson in Portrush that a book of condolence was opened in the town hall over the past week for the many people wishing to pay their respects.
A celebration of the life of Mr Anderson, who died aged 69 on November 4, was also held in Coleraine town hall last night in recognition of his achievements and contribution to the community.
A native of Coleraine, he was a vastly experienced seaman who served as harbour master at Portavogie, dredging master at Coleraine harbour and port manager for Caledonian MacBrayne on the Rathlin Island ferry route.
The father-of-two was also a keen local historian, chairing the Coleraine Historical Society and publishing several books.
The book of condolence followed a request from Portrush Heritage Group and was supported by Brenda Chivers, mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
She said: “Robert’s sudden passing came as a very sad shock to us all. He was well-known across the Causeway Coast and Glens area and beyond for his maritime experience, his inimitable knowledge of local history and his passion for the sea.
“His death has left a huge void in the local community and our thoughts and prayers remain with his family and friends at this sad time.”