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Friendship Trap Owner Passes Away

Christopher Scott Anderson, 58, of Washington, Maine, passed away unexpectedly on September 2. He was born on January 22, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio. Chris spent his childhood in many different parts of the U.S. He lived as a teenager in Grapevine, Texas, where he taught himself to play the guitar and became active in his church. There Chris began writing and singing his own music and teaching guitar. He graduated from Grapevine High School and later from Texas A & M with a B.A. in industrial engineering.

Photo courtesy of Fishermen’s Voice.

Chris worked for several large corporations during his career, including IBM, Dell, Best Buy, and Avery Dennison. In 2011, he purchased Friendship Trap Company from founder Pike Bartlett. The purchase allowed his family to move permanently to Maine, where they had often vacationed. At Friendship Trap he continued the company’s commitment to customers, innovation, service and quality.

Chris wrote on the Friendship Trap web site, “When I was investigating this company and deciding whether to purchase it, it became clear to me that Friendship Trap has a well-deserved reputation for making traps that are built the best, built to last, and built your way — at least that’s how I characterized it based on what I was learning. I really like the basic commitment to customers that this philosophy demonstrates, and it is the kind of company I wanted to be associated with. So when I bought the company several years ago, we adopted that as a motto — Built the Best, Built to Last, Built Your Way. It’s what we stand for and guides the decisions we make every day.”

Chris was chairman of and a delegate for the Republican Committee in Washington. Family and friends knew him as a loyal, devoted, faithful, committed Christian, and a passionate man who thoroughly enjoyed creating, whether it was songs, worship, food or new manufacturing processes.


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