Robert L. Hanson

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Robert L. Hanson

November 19, 1931 - October 22, 2018

Robert L. Hanson Orlando, FL - Bob “Beantown” Hanson, 86, died with his family members by his side on October 22, 2018 at the Consulate Health Care Nursing Home of Kissimmee, Florida.
Born in Arlington, Mass. on November 19, 1931, he attended Belmont Public Schools Class of 1949. He excelled in baseball, football and hockey and played forward in the Boston area’s Mayflower League. His B.H.S. yearbook noted that he was a “wiz” on skates. Following high school, he joined the Army, serving his country proudly as a Sergeant in the Korean War. He married his first wife, Gloria Ceppetelli Hanson in 1956. Bob became the Service Manager for Gordon and Bonanno Linen Companies, where he was recognized for his notable work ethic, never missing a day in over 25 years.
He loved the ocean and summered with his family in Gloucester from 1967–1977. He loved boating and fishing with his only child, Valerie. His proudest catch was a 550-pound Tuna caught off the coast of Gloucester. Bob loved tennis and played in many doubles’ tournaments at the Bass Rocks Tennis and Golf Club.
In 1978, Bob was single again and met his second wife, Karen Martin Hanson. They were married on July 11, 1980, in West Peabody, and Bob added two step-children to his family, daughter Piper and son, Jason. He was a hard-working, loving Dad and a good example to all his children.
When he and Karen moved to Orlando in 1985, his stellar work record continued over the next 24 years, as a Starter at the Grand Cypress Golf Resort. It was a job he truly loved and he was honored with an Employee of the Year Award. Visiting golf members and guests would frequently leave glowing comments of Bob “Beantown” Hanson’s warm and welcoming customer service. He retired in 2010, a popular man who “never knew a stranger.”
In retirement, he enjoyed golf and tennis with his friends at Parkview Point in Orlando. He loved watching his favorite sports teams on television, including Notre Dame, UMASS, and the Red Sox, always with a bowl of popcorn at his side.
Bob is survived by his wife, Karen Lee Hanson, and his daughter, Valerie Hanson Gilman and her husband Paul Gilman of Gloucester and his grandchildren Casey Laurel Gilman and Jared Hanson Gilman. He is also survived by his step-children, Piper Martin Hughes and her husband Thomas Hughes, Jason Kent Martin and his fiancée, Beth St. Laurent and grandchildren Madison Rose and Sydney Karen Hughes. Bob is survived by his first wife, Gloria Hanson Cohen, and his adored nephews, Danny and Paul MacAuley, and his niece, Meredith Johnson, and their dear spouses. He also leaves his nephew Peter Hanson and niece Carol Hanson, in addition to his lifelong Belmont friend, Skippy Viglirolo, as well as many great nieces, nephews and friends.
Bob was predeceased by his parents: Elin and John Hanson and siblings: Arnie, Paul “Pokey”, Edward, and Elenore.
On November 19, Monday, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., what would have been Bob’s 87th birthday, family and friends are welcome to join a celebration of his life at the home of Val and Paul Gilman 75 Revere Street, Gloucester. We will propose a toast in Beantown’s memory to our 2018 Red Sox World Series Champions, his favorite sports team.
Burial will be on Tuesday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m. next to his beloved parents, Elin and John Hanson and brothers Arnie and Edward, at Belmont Cemetery 121 Grove Street, Belmont, MA, followed by lunch at Conley’s Pub and Grille, 164 Belmont Street Watertown, MA. Family and friends are warmly welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102 in memory of Bob “Beantown” Hanson or online to: http://act.alz.org/goto/Bob_Beantown_Hanson
Published on November 3, 2018
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