James R. Hanson

December 7th, 2021

James R. Hanson, “Jim”, age 72, of Andover, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on December 6, 2021, after a gallant fight with mesothelioma.

Jim was born in Melrose, MA, on October 13, 1949; he was raised and educated in Wilmington and a member of the Wilmington High School Class of 1968. In the fall of 1968, Jim, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. where he completed a tour of duty in Vietnam and then was stationed in the Philippines.

Upon his return from the service, Jim, became a licensed oil burner technician and pursued that career which spanned for forty years. Jim was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 25 and retired in 2012.

In 1972, Jim married his “High School Sweetheart” Beverly Wagstaff; they lived in Wilmington for a number of years until moving to their present residence in Andover.

Jim will be remembered as an unpretentious, hardworking, honest man and a loyal friend to many.

Jim was the beloved husband of 49 years to Beverly J. (Wagstaff) Hanson, loving son of the late William D. and Norma M. (Moore) Hanson, cherished brother of D. Barry Hanson and his wife Patricia of North Reading and Gail St. Onge of Dracut, dear brother-in-law of Gail and Chuck Amato of Wilmington, Bernard and Joan Wagstaff of Tewksbury and Michael Wagstaff of Pelham, NH. He was known as “Uncle Jim” to many nieces and nephews as well as friends and neighbors.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, December 11th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. immediately followed by a Celebration of Jim’s life at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jim’s memory made out to the International Mesothelioma Program, and mail to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Development Office – IMP, Third Floor, 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116-5749.


6 Entries in Guest Book for “James R. Hanson”

  1. Debbie Harrington says:

    Bev, am so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing.
    Condolences to you and the family.

  2. John Gerhartz says:

    Dear Bev and family, I am so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing, you are all in my thoughts and prayers, may he RIP. Johnny Boo

  3. Rosetta Cicciu Jastre says:

    I’ve known Jimmy since I was a young teenager. When he brought Bev to meet us, they became our closest friends for many years. My children thought of them as uncle and aunt. Thankful we got to see Jim this summer. My condolences to Bev and to his mom Norma. Love, Ro

  4. Tony (Charlie) Tedesco says:

    Sorry for your loss, Jim was a great childhood friend.
    RIP brother !

  5. Deb Hall Shanteler says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Jimmy’s passing. He was a close neighbor and a childhood friend. I remember him kindly.

  6. Therese McMahon says:

    Your laughter and smile will be missed. Always will remember you as my other brother … my parents loved you so much when you would call them Mom and Dad. Thank you for coming down to see my Mom here in Florida…she is heartbroken. I’m so glad that you were part of our family. I’m so sorry Bev… you were always the love of his life. My prayers are with you. Sincerely Therese, Jack and my Mom

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