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Former Westport Selectman Gavin Anderson Dies

WESTPORT, Conn. – Former Westport Selectman Gavin Anderson, who resigned from his position as third selectman in November 2010, died Monday at the age of 74, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced.

“It is sad, very, very sad news. Gavin was a dear friend,” said Joseloff, who’s working from home while recuperating from prostate cancer surgery last week. “He served Westport and its citizens over the years with devotion, perseverance and a profound commitment to make our town a better place.

Anderson, a Republican, became the minority member on the Board of Selectmen in November 2009 after he ran against Joseloff and Second Selectman Shelly Kassen, both Democrats. He submitted a letter of resignation on Nov. 10, 2010, citing concerns for his health.

"I'm feeling terrific now, which is great, but when the doctors tell you something is wrong, you deal with it," Anderson told The Daily Westport following his resignation. "I need to focus my energy on my health rather than on political matters. That's why I made the decision: it's not easy, it's not nice, but I have to take care of myself."

In addition to his spot on the Board of Selectmen, Anderson served as chairman of the Maintenance Committee and the Sherwood Mill Pond Committee. Up until 2006, he was a member of the Board of Finance, where he served for seven years. He was also a past member of the Representative Town Meeting, the town's legislative body.

“Indeed we are a better town because of Gavin’s hard work and unwavering devotion to Westport," Joseloff said. "Our hearts go out to Kendall [his wife] and his family.”

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