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Anson, most recently stationed in New Scotland, served his entire career in Troop G, which covers a large portion of the Capital Region. He was 56. Troop G Commander Major Robert Patnaude: "Mike had a side business. A lot of people know he printed shirts. He sold a lot of State Police paraphernalia on the side, so he was an entrepreneur as well as a trooper. He stayed a trooper his entire career, which, you know as we move up the ranks there's a lot of opportunity with the State Police. The trooper is the backbone of our job, and in a lot of ways, the stories we tell when we retire are when we were a trooper, not when we were a major, a superintendent or investigator."
Born in Albany, Mike was the son of the late Gerald G. Anson and Frances M. Frederick Anson. Michael graduated from Colonie High School in 1980, and then Hudson Valley Community College, before he went on to the State Police academy.
Michael was a beloved son, husband, father, brother, friend and Trooper. He dedicated his life to helping others, both on the job, and off, and could always be counted on to help out a friend or neighbor in need. He truly believed that if you do what you know in your heart to be right, everything else will fall into place. He lived, and raised his children, by this motto.
Michael had many hobbies and interests, and truly lived life to its fullest. For many years, he played baseball, and later softball, and enjoyed coaching his daughter’s softball teams where he was able to teach his passion and knowledge of the game. He was an avid fan of classic country music, as well as rock, particularly The Ramones. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting and fishing with his sons, spending time camping, and more recently on his pontoon boat, and most of all spending time with his family.
Mike's love and dedication to being a Trooper was only surpassed by that which he gave to his family, specifically his "core four" as he liked to call them.
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