Robert E. Hanley, Jr.

December 10th, 2012

Robert E. “Bobby,” Hanley Jr., age 58, of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 10, 2012 at the Wilmington Health Care Center, following a lengthy illness.  Bobby was born on March 6, 1954 and was the son of the late Irene R. (Lord) DelRossi.  Bobby grew up in Wilmington and attended Wilmington High School.

Prior to his illness forcing his retirement,  Bob worked as a truck driver for the Libby Company and Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Store.  Bob also worked in the office for Hill Fence Company for several years.

Bobby was considered to be a “Homebody”; while at home, he enjoyed mastering crossword puzzles and watching movies.  His family and friends considered him to be a movie buff, he could tell you all the stats on movie stars young and old as well as the information about the movies.  Some of Bob’s favorite shows included “The Honeymooners” and the “Three Stooges” and his all time favorite movie was “Arthur”.

In his spare time, Bob enjoyed riding the open road on his Harley, spending time with his beloved family, and his many friends.

Bobby will be remembered as a loving and compassionate person, he absolutely adored his late daughter Lorna Jean and his mother Irene, who he dearly missed.  He was a great guy to many people and he will be missed.

Bobby was the beloved father of the late Lorna Jean, cherished son of the late Irene (Lord) DelRossi, grandfather of Jazz Rhiana Jordan, dear brother of Blanche Morgan and her husband Richard of Hudson, NH, Mary “Mae” O’Neil and her husband Russell of Lawrence, MA, and Thomas Hanley and his wife Karen of North Conway, NH, loving uncle of Michele, Kim, Jamie, Kelly, and Shannon, great-uncle of Jarrod, Alexis, Mikayla, and Tristan, Bob is also survived by many dear friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, December 20th at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, December 19th from 5-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, Attn: Gift Box Program, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert E. Hanley, Jr.”

  1. Paula Vacherot says:

    Mae, Opened my e-mail this morning to find the sad news about Bobby. How the years rush by. I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and care are with you and your family.

  2. joe1985 says:

    May you rest in peace with the angels Bob. Say hello to David for me. We know
    you two got some catching up to do.
    May your family and friends be comforted and consoled by faith and the knowledge
    you are in a much better place and will eternally be in His presence forever
    God Bless

  3. Mary Reynolds says:

    I still remember the time I ran into Bob at Wilmington Plaza. It was just after the terrible loss of my own brother. His friend. Bob took the time to tell me a few stories about their escapades. Bob was such a kind hearted person, and always had good stories. Those are the kind of things he will be remembered for – making people smile and bringing laughter in their lives. And while it’s going to be difficult to think of this world without him, it is a happy thought knowing that wherever he is, he is only spreading happiness. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  4. Marty Begonis says:

    Ride long and ride far on heaven’s roads, no need for gas and never a breakdown.
    You have made an impression on everyone in this life.
    I’m sure as you cruise eternal roads, an impression you will make in heaven.
    Riding alongside your daughter with brothers that you’ve missed.
    Cruising along with smiles on your faces, enjoying a miraculous natural high.
    I’m in no hurry to join you right now but one day I will see that I’m right.
    You will truly be missed brother Bob. ~Marty

  5. Peter Havens says:

    Blanche, Mae, Tommy, and Family,

    Please accept my condolences, thoughts, and prayers for you all as you grieve through this loss. I was fortunate to reconnect with Bobby a couple of years ago for a short visit but unfortunately had not seen him since I left Wilmington some almost 40 years ago. He and I had some good growing up years together and quite honestly, I’ve never forgotten and often still reflect on our many escapades. I will miss him.


  6. Wanda Hancock says:

    Blanche, Rick, Michelle
    I feel for you and all your family. I never really knew Bobby, but have heard you talk about him, and had spoken with him on the phone. I won’t be able to attend the visiting hours or the service , but I know you will understand. My thoughts, prayers, and love will be with you.

    Consider yourself hugged, Wanda

  7. Joe Maison says:

    I don’t know if you remember me, Bobby and I were best friends when you moved here when we were in the 4th grade I think?. We always made fun of him for his white spot of hair on top but the girls seemed to love it. They were always all over him in school. We both joined the drum and bugle corps and I remember always trying to keep up with his drumming. He was always better than me. We used to practice at the Grange Hall which is gone now too. I saw Bob this summer one morning early at Cumberland Farms and was glad we caught up for a few moments. He was always a good guy and I’m sure he is going to be missed by a lot of people.
    My condolence to the family, I’m sure he’s in a better place now.
    Joe Maison

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