Ralph E. Hanson Jr.(1924 - 2013)

Ralph E. Hanson Jr., the intrepid leader of his family and ever-widening circle of friends, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013. Born on May 8, 1924 in Stoughton, he left this world at the age of 89. He is survived by his loyal and dedicated partner, Connie Stanley of East Bay Assisted Living in Riverside. A resident of Bristol, RI since 1954, he raised his family, Elizabeth Hanson of Shrewsbury, Mark Hanson of Braintree, Ma. and Jeffrey Hanson of Wakefield, RI, all of whom graduated from the Bristol High School. A daughter, Barbara Hanson, predeceased him, as did his wife and childrens mother, Lillian P. Hanson and a brother, James Hanson. He was the proud grandfather of seven, Robert, Andy, and Jack Hanson, Michael, Mark, and Kate Hanson and Jordan Hanson Bartman. After graduating from Thayer Academy in Braintree, he enlisted in the Navy just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and was attached to the HEDRON Fleet Air Wing in Key West, Florida. As an ordnance-man flying PBYs and PBMs to Havana, Cuba, he ferried notables around (including Johnny Longs Orchestra and other entertainers), and trained other enlistees to drop bombs. After the war, he enrolled at Babson College on the GI Bill, graduated with a degree in business in 1949 and then began a 36 year career with Nabisco as an account manager in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and later for the U.S. Military sales. After retiring from Nabisco he plunged full time into being an active community and philanthropic leader. As Treasurer for Linden Place, the historic home to the Colts, DeWolfs, and Barrymores in Bristol, he succeeded in turning around the museums finances. As a devoted supporter of The Rhode Island Foundation (a group committed to meet the needs of people and to create positive change for the businesses of Rhode Island) his efforts were recognized as enthusiastic and steadfast. In addition, he was a former Rotarian, the chairman of the Babson College Scholarship Fund and the organizer and President of Club 29, a Nabisco retirees organization. Ralphs robust laugh, unflagging generosity and famous 3rd of July parties will be sadly missed. Donations made to any of Ralphs favorite charities (Blithewold Gardens and Arboretum, RISD Museum, and the Smithsonian Institute) would be welcome in lieu of flowers. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood Street, Bristol, RI from 4-7 p.m. The funeral will be held Friday, October 4 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 281 High Street, Bristol, RI. For online condolence, shared memories, information, directions go to www.sansone funeralhome.com.

Funeral Home

Sansone Funeral Home
192 Wood St Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-7110

Published in The Patriot Ledger on Oct. 1, 2013