Hanlon, William

July 29th, 2009


William J. “Bill” Hanlon, age 79, of Wilmington, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, following an “Outstanding Life”.

Bill was born on May 25, 1930, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, son of the late George and Kathleen (Bowe) Hanlon. Bill grew up in Norristown and was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School. Bill joined the Navy in 1951during the Korean war, he served all over the Pacific for four years and was honorably discharged in January of 1955. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Bill studied Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. Prior to retiring, Bill was employed as a Training Technician for the Ciba-Corning Medical Company.

He married Theresa M. Kennedy on May 14, 1955 in St. James Church in Medford, MA, together they celebrated over 54 years of marriage and a wonderful family life. Bill and Terry lived in Medford for the first few years of their marriage and in June of 1959, they moved to Wilmington to raise their children and be foster parents to many other children. Bill quickly became involved in the community, he was a member of the Planning Board, Finance Committee, he coached the Midget Hockey League for many years, a Charter Member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus, an active member of St. Thomas Church where he taught CCD and was a Eucharistic Minister. Bill was always willing to help others, he was a good neighbor and friend to many in Wilmington. Bill was also very active and involved in Special Olympics and Merrimack College Football in Andover, they were two activities that he shared and enjoyed with his son Tommy. Bill will be remembered by his family and friends as a “passionate” Patriots fan who was a season ticket holder for many years, a Boston Bruins fan, but most of all he was a “family” guy who was dedicated to his family and the 29 foster children that he lovingly took into his home, according to his family Bill lived an “Oustanding Life” and would be proud of how the book ended.

Bill was the beloved husband of Theresa M. “Terry” (Kennedy) Hanlon, devoted father of Pat Hanlon-Pena & her husband Joe of Kingwood, TX, Kathy McNamara & her husband Tom of Westford, Billy Hanlon & his wife Janice of Billerica, Lori Zambernardi & her husband Bill of Ipswich, Tommy Hanlon & Annie Hanlon both of Wilmington, and 29 foster children, loving Pop-pop of Catherine, Corey, Jonathan, Brett, Emily, William, Andrew, and step-grandchildren Joel and Candace, dear brother of Margaret Bolger of Pennsylvania, Helen Croll of Chicago, and the late Louis Hanlon, Bill is also survived by several nieces & nephews and many dear friends.

Family & friends will gather in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, August 2nd from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Bill’s name may be mad to Local Heroes, Inc., P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Hanlon, William”

  1. Sheryl Smith says:

    Kathy and family, thinking of you all during this time. I hope your memories will bring you comfort and help during the days ahead.

  2. Eilenn Bergin says:

    Billy and Family,

    So sorry to hear about your Dad.
    We will remember him in our prayers.

    Chris and Eileen Bergin

  3. Marylou Cintolo says:

    Dear Terry and family,

    Words cannot express my sadness learning of Bill’s death. I will always feel honored to have shared the same birthday with him and cherish our birthday lunches, even long after he left Corning. He was truly “outstanding”. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Jaynie Cavanaugh says:

    Sorry to hear about your Dad. I wish your family the best.

  5. Jean Whelan says:

    My condolences to the entire Hanlon Family for the loss of a really wonderful man. I worked with Bill at Ciba Corning, and he was always positive, upbeat, and cheerful. He definitely lived an “Outstanding Life”. He will be missed.

  6. Barbara Breslin says:

    Your dad sounds like he did indeed have an outstanding life created with hard work, love and energy. You must be very proud to have called him “Dad” and i’m sure he was very proud of you!
    Thinking of you and sending hugs from Denver,
    Barbara and Pete

  7. Bill and Rose Lane says:

    We are so sorry to hear that Bill has left us. However, we celebrate that God has selected one of His chosen servants to come home and be rewarded for being an OUTSTANDING Father, Friend, Co-worker Etc, Etc, Etc…… He will be fondly remembered by both of us. It is with the greatest respect that we say farewell from California.
    Our deepest sympathies to all the family and friends. Our prayers go out to you for your loss and may Bill’s memory and great spirit be with you always.

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