Sean Patrick Hanley

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Sean Patrick Hanley
AIKEN, SC - Sean Patrick Hanley, 42, died unexpectedly in Costa Rica.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was the beloved son of Mary Francesca Calabro (Randy Scott) and Patrick Dennis Hanley (Susan) of Richmond, Va. The rest of the family includes: sister, Lara Elisabeth Herbolsheimer (Brad, with children Charlotte, Ethan, and Colin) of Glenview, Ill., siblings Brendan Hanley and Kate Hanley Mostrom, and Cwon (his cat).
He grew up in Saline, Michigan where he tried the patience of his parents. He was a devil! He attended several schools (Saline High School, Aiken Technical College, and USC of Columbia) and the School of Hard Knocks. The quintessential epicure, he became a fabulous restaurateur. He owned Momo's Bistro in Columbia, SC and his reputation of first class ambiance, service, and food and wine are legendary. How he loved sharing his culinary finesse and gift of gab with family and friends. His customers and staff loved his wit and irreverence. When his heath required retirement from the food industry, he went in search of another profession.
He reinvented himself and decided on the path of veterinary medicine. His love of animals was passed to him by his mom, Mary. He graduated as a Veterinary Assistant from Aiken Technical College and began another career with Veterinary Services. He enjoyed fostering strays and caring for less fortunate animals. He volunteered at Pawmetto Lifeline, Columbia, SC and supported Bark in the Park for years. He was kind and patient to all species of animals.
He left us too soon, but we rejoice for having known him. Who will ever forget that tilt of the head, uplift of eyebrows, and smile? His "Seanisms" could lift you out of the boring, trying details of life and work. He did so much to please so many.
Sean, you had all of us with your first "Hello" and smile. We toast and salute you. Start planning the celebration for when we all meet up again.
A celebration of Sean is being planned and will take place at St. Mary Help of Christians Church in Aiken, SC and in Columbia, SC. Details will be forthcoming. Memorials may be made to Pawmetto Lifeline or the AmericanFoundation for Suicide Prevention.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Sept. 30, 2014