Rev. Msgr. Charles E. Anadore

March 12, 2008

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THE REVEREND MONSIGNOR CHARLES E. ANADORE – in the Regina Cleri Residence, Boston, Wednesday, March 12th. Beloved son of the late John and Sarah (McDevitt) Anadore. Devoted brother of the late Mary Bumstead and Frank, Helen, and John Anadore, Jr. Dear uncle of Kathleen Pomerleau of Billerica, Claire O’Neill of Abington, Helen Travers of Brewster, Charles Anadore of CT, Robert Anadore of Dorchester, and the late Charles Bumstead. Also survived by twelve grandnieces and nephews, and predeceased by his grandnephew, Christopher Pomerleau. Monsignor Anadore will lie in state at the Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m., in St. Agatha’s Church, 432 Adams Street, Milton, on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., and in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 6:45 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 17th at 11 a.m. in St. Barbara’s Church, Woburn. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem Street, Woburn. Donations may be made in Msgr. Anadore’s memory to the Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

The Reverend Monsignor Charles E. Anadore, 94, the retired pastor of St. Barbara’s Church in Woburn and much-loved priest in the Boston Archdiocese, passed away at his home in the Regina Cleri Residence for Retired Priests in Boston Wednesday evening, March 12th, following a very brief illness. Monsignor Anadore was more recently the Senior Priest in Residence at St. Agatha’s parish in Milton and was widely known for his masses on Boston Catholic Television.

Born and raised in Charlestown, he was the son of the late John and Sarah (McDevitt) Anadore. He maintained a close connection with the people of Charlestown throughout his life, and attended annual reunions with his lifelong friends there. He was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Bunker Hill. A 1930 graduate of Boston College High School, he was a “Double Eagle,” graduating from Boston College in 1934. A veteran of World War II, he served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Normandy and Northern France.

He was called to the priesthood and entered the seminary in 1945. After his ordination in 1950, his first parish was St. Mary’s in Winchester, where he served for ten years. He went on to St. Columbkille’s in Brighton, serving for eight years, Holy Name in West Roxbury for five years, and Gate of Heaven in South Boston in 1970. In 1975 he was appointed pastor of St. Barbara’s Church in Woburn. He remained there until his retirement fourteen years later, and went on to become Senior Priest in Residence at St. Agatha’s in Milton. He was appointed by Cardinal Law as a Monsignor in 1998.

Although he moved to the Regina Cleri in 2001, he led an active retirement and continued to assist Fr. Peter Casey at St. Agatha’s, driving himself until just two years ago, to offer his assistance on weekends, and was frequently called to St. Barbara’s in Woburn. He maintained close contact with many of his parishioners over the years, and corresponded with many of them regularly. When someone had a birthday or he knew someone was sick or going through a difficult time, he would often send that person a “fancy” card which included a special poem and even an original work of art adorning the outside of the envelope.

Described by his peers as “one of the most beloved priests in the diocese,” Msgr. Anadore connected with people through his wonderful speaking abilities and his creative talents. He began writing poetry after he started celebrating the TV masses to reach the shut-ins. He often ended his masses with a poem he had written, emphasizing joy and happiness for the future, as he said, “helping to keep away the worry and disturbances from those who were watching.” The interest in his poetry led to the publication of a book, “Little Lines That Linger…A Collection of Original Poems and Creative Words of Wisdom,” which was very well received.

His creative style and words of wisdom became legendary across the Archdiocese. His artistic talents included playing the piano, and he loved to entertain his friends and family on the keyboard. He was an avid golfer as well and loved all sports, especially Boston College sports. Msgr. Anadore was very involved in the lives of his nieces and nephews and loved spending time with them.

Preceding him in death, along with his parents, were two sisters, Mary Bumstead and Helen Anadore, two brothers, Frank Anadore and John Anadore, Jr., a nephew, Charles Bumstead, and a grandnephew, Christopher Pomerleau.

Surviving are his nieces and nephews: Kathleen Pomerleau of Billerica, Claire O’Neill of Abington, Helen Travers of Brewster, Charles Anadore of CT, Robert Anadore of Dorchester. Also surviving are twelve grandnieces and nephews.

Monsignor Anadore will lie in state at the Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m., in St. Agatha’s Church, 432 Adams Street, Milton, on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., and in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 6:45 p.m.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 17th at 11 a.m. in St. Barbara’s Church, Woburn. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem Street, Woburn.

Donations may be made in Msgr. Anadore’s memory to the Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

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  1. I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Father Anadore. When I lived in Woburn, I attended St. Barbara’s church and he was a wonderful pastor. My great aunt, Marguerite Wiles, was his high school teacher. She said that he was a wonderful student. Please pass my condolences on to the family.
    Eileen & Kenneth Sateriale
    Bowie, MD

  2. I was an altar server and student at Holy Name when Msgr. Anadore was there. Holy Name has always been blessed with great priest with Msgr. Anadore topping the list. I always looked forward to hearing his sermons. I have a picture my Father took of then Fr. Anadore and myself that I will always treasure. My deepest sympathy to the family of a true Man of God.

  3. Fr. Anadore was one of the finest priests I ever knew. He had a unique gift and was loved by all that knew him. He was at St. Columbkille when I was in high school and officiated at my father’s funeral on Christmas Eve day. Upon returning from the cemetery we found that Fr. Anadore had left a fruit basket and a teddy bear at the house. I also remember the wonderful homilies he gave at St. Col’s. We have all been fortunate to have him in our lives.

  4. Linda Caccavaro, from New Bern, North Carolina

    My heart goes out to all of his family. They have as well as all of us, lost a wonderful, wonderful person. I cherish all the time I was able to spend with him. I have many pictures and special memories of the time he spent with me and my family (Jerry, David & Chrissy) at church and in our home on Gately Drive in Woburn. He was gifted and brought so, so much love, joy and happiness into our lives. He was a very special person and loved by so many. God Bless Father Anadore and everyone he touched. He will be missed by so many who love him.

    Linda Caccavaro
    (now living in New Bern, NC)

  5. Merullo-Morin family
    Good night Dearest Father Anadore. Your gentle smile & honest sincerity inspired the loyalty of many and will be remembered always. Truly you were one of a kind. May the angels guide you to your much deserved reward in Paradise and may your family find peace in their treasured memories.

  6. Fr. Anadore married us, Dick & Peggy(Lyons) Cummings at St. Columkille’s Church in Brighton, on September 10, 1966. I (Dick) remember Father when I was a altar server during my High School and College years. A very quiet and pious man.

  7. The Moore Family, Billerica

    I’m sure heaven is rejoicing in Fr. Anadore’s arrival. What a wonderful holy man which whom we had the privelage of having as our pastor at St. Barbara’s. He married my husband and I and made our wedding day so special. We will always be grateful for having him be a part of our lives. Our sympathy to his family.

  8. Whenever I think of Father Anadore a smile comes on my face. He was truly a man who lived his faith and taught others by his example.
    Linda Mahoney

  9. Ellen Donahue, Holy Name Parish
    Fr. Anadore will be sadly missed; he was greatly loved at Holy Name and recently spoke to our Retirees group.
    With my deepest sympathy to his family.

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