William J. Hanson, 78, of Port Ewen, NY, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Health Alliance Hospital - Broadway Campus in Kingston, NY. He was born on October 25, 1943 in The Bronx, NY, son of the late William and Frances (Donahue) Hanson.
Bill was a graduate of Wallkill High School, where he played baseball and football. He later received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY New Paltz. In college, he played ice hockey and softball. Bill started his career teaching in the correctional system and he later retired from St. Cabrini Home where he worked for over 30 years in various positions, the last being Director of Operations. He also owned a popular bar in New Paltz called “The Shilling” in the 1970’s.
He was a very talented, well-rounded artist, athlete and humorist. He enjoyed photography, various forms of painting and drawing, boating and water sports, playing the guitar, model trains, writing poetry and prose, and Dungeons and Dragons when his children were young. Bill loved to laugh; he was witty and had a well-developed sense of humor. He was an extraordinary husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend who lived life to the fullest and on his own terms.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Lisa Hanson of Port Ewen with whom he has shared the last 35 years of his life, his sons, William S. Hanson and his wife Joanna Driscoll Hanson of Saugerties and Christopher B. Hanson and his wife Merle Becker of Newburgh, his granddaughters, Chloe Hanson and Hendrix Hanson, his siblings, Christine Sgandurra of Pine Bush, Bruce Hanson and his wife Sandy of Fort Myers, FL., his former wife, Julie Hanson Deschenes, nephews Joey and Jimmy Sgandurra and Jimmy Hanson as well as many other dear family members. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sister Francine Hanson and his brother-in-law, Joseph Sgandurra.
Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave., Kingston, NY 12401, where family and friends may visit on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 11am to 2pm with a memorial service taking place at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hosptial at www.StJude.org or Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinerschildrens.org. A tribute for Bill can be found at www.KeyserFuneralService.com, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.