HANSON, Richard (Dick)
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dick on Sunday May 13, 2012 at the age of 65, after a valiant battle with prostate cancer. Richard was a loving husband and best friend to Marjorie (née Grosul) for an amazing 42 years. He was a most wonderful father to Ron Hanson (Isabelle Patenaude) and Sandra Hanson. Dick was the best grandpa to his three beautiful granddaughters that he loved so much, Emma, Camille and Alexi. They will always remember all the good times they spent going downhill skiing, and entering Running Room and Somersault events together. He also leaves to mourn his mother, Yvette (Caron) from London, ON, his brother, Tim (Fay) from Halifax, NS, and sisters Glenda Van Hoorn (Adrian) from Illinois, Roberta Stesco (Steve) from Vancouver Island, Valerie Johnson (Ivan) from London, ON, Joc Mauthe (Ron) from Keewatin, ON, Lori Norris (Gerry) from Strathroy, ON and many nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by many friends, especially his boss and good friend Shelly Pikowiczs from Saskatchewan, and the many friends at the Running Room and the Bytown Walkers. Dick is predeceased by father Al Hanson (1980), sister Patti Doucette (1973) and brother Gord Hanson (2010). Dick spent 29 wonderful years in the military, travelling to Borden, ON, Chatham, NB, Armstrong, ON, London, ON, Ottawa, ON, Egypt, Cyprus, Winnipeg, MB, Portage la Prairie, MB and returning to Ottawa, ON in 1988. He enjoyed his career immensely. He started out wanting to be a pilot but took air traffic controller training instead. Then he went into finance and accounting, which was a perfect fit as he was a number cruncher at heart. He retired from the military in 1996 and went on to work at FSNA, CFPSA and later Indian and Northern Affairs. Family and friends may pay respects Thursday May 17, 2012 at the Kelly Funeral Home Orleans, 2370 St. Joseph Blvd, Orleans, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and May 18, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Kelly Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. In memoriam donations to the Prostate Cancer Canada Network Ottawa is greatly appreciated. www.kellyfh.ca .
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from May 16 to May 17, 2012