OBITUARY: James R. “Jim” Hanson, 72

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — 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 gathered 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.

James Hanson

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