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Farewell to a wonderful man and a dedicated Lion

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

William G. Hansen, Collingswood (formerly Haddonfield) on March 6, 2020, Age 102

Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (nee Rich); Devoted father of Gail Burns of Haddon Twp. and William (Nancy) Hansen of Beaufort, SC; Loving grandfather of Bill (Nancy) Burns, Kevin (Deanna) Burns, Emily Hansen, William (Elizabeth De Mase) Hansen, Patrick (Genny Alexander) Hansen and Bridget Hansen; Dear great-grandfather of Patrick, Katherine, Brian, Matthew, Megan, Melanie, Maria, Finley and Luka. Bill was born in Newark, N.J. and lived his early years in Jersey City. As a teenager, Bill began his working career delivering milk by horse and wagon. He worked briefly in the Federal Ship Yard in Kearney, N.J. from 1939-1941. In the mid 30's, he met the love of his life Dot, marrying and moving to South Jersey. He landed his "dream job" with Standard Oil Company in Philadelphia. He started as a truck driver working his way up to Sales Manager and retired in 1978 following a 37 year career. After a brief retirement, he began what was his most rewarding career with Hutchinson Plumbing Heating and Cooling in Cherry Hill. Bill began his career with Hutchinson offering guidance and experience to the sales division ultimately retiring after 33 years as Permit Coordinator in 2015 at the age of 98. He was able to fulfill one of his lifelong dreams of working on his 100th birthday as Hutchinson offered him a "one day employment contract" to celebrate his special day. Bill was lovingly devoted to his wife Dot during their 64 years of marriage. Bill was also dedicated to community service. In the early '60s, he managed the Royal Mountaineers drum-and-bugle corps based in Haddonfield. Bill was an early member and past President of the Square Circle Sportsman's Club in Gibbsboro N.J. and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Marian Council in Cherry Hill. In 1987, he was honored as Haddonfield's Citizen of the Year. He was a member of Christ the King Church for more than 60 years serving as a Parish Trustee, Parish Council President, and Eucharistic Minister. He received the Bishop's Medallion from the Diocese of Camden for his service to his church. He was an active member of the Haddonfield Lions Club holding former positions of President and Regional and State Representative. Bill remained active with and as a Trustee of the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley ultimately donating his eyes for research. Throughout his life, Bill enjoyed spending time with and attending his grandchildren's and great grandchildren's events. Bill's final years were spent at the Collingswood Manor in Collingswood N.J. Bill's life was greatly enhanced with the loving care and kindness given to him by the wonderful staff and residents of this community. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Haddonfield Lions Foundation, William G. Hansen Youth of the Year Awards and Scholarship, P.O. Box 401, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. KAIN-MURPHY FUNERAL SERVICES, Haddonfield, NJ

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