Obituary: Maurice Anders

Maurice Anders

Maurice Anders of T A Anders and Co, has died aged 91. T A Anders was a founding memeber of the Glass an Glazing federation federation.

Anders hadworked in the glass industry all his life. He went straight into the business after leaving school and following the death of his father. Anders senior founded the company in 1931 after leaving Pilkington Glass.

The family were from St Helens and it is believed there were members of the Anders family working at Pilkington Bros since the 1840s. When Maurice joined, the business was located in Rusholme, Manchester.

Maurice met his wife to be, Jean, whilst an apprentice at R H Armstrong in Salford in 1944 and together they moved the business to railway arches in Manchester city centre in the early 1950s and then to Liverpool Street, Salford in 1959.

Following the announcement that a new underground railway would be built running practically below the factory, had to move once more to Frederick Road on the site of  Anders and his wife Jean’s former employer, R H Armstrong, in 1986. Here the business remained until 2017 when, despite being in his ninetieth year, Maurice Anders was still taking an active interest in the business.

Having been involved in the Plate Glass Association (PGA) and the Flat Glass Council (FGC) and then Glass and Glazing Federation, he continued to play an active role well into his eighties, attending meetings in London. Until recently he was still making an appearance at the annual Glassman’s Christmas Luncheon.

Even into his nineties he would come to T A Anders’ new premises on Guinness Road, Trafford Park, to dispense his wisdom, sage advice, sharp (and dry) wit to all. And all who met him were keen to listen.

Peter Stuttard, GGF Regional Manager who knew Maurice Anders well says: “Maurice was a true gentleman and will be very sorely missed by so many, my sincere sympathies go to his family and friends.”

Steve Rice, GGF director of technical affairs says: “I was very sad to hear the news of Maurice’s passing, a loyal GGF Member and a great industry man, but most importantly a truly great person. My thoughts are with his family at this time.”

The funeral took place  Saturday 15th September. The family requested that donations be made to the British Heart Foundation.