OBITUARY: D. Barry Hanson, 73

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — D. Barry Hanson, age 73, of North Reading, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on January 26, 2022, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following a brief illness.

Barry was born on October 4, 1948, in Melrose, MA; he was the cherished son of the late William D. and Norma M. (Moore) Hanson. Barry was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1966.

Following graduation, Barry enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. on June 14, 1968, in Boston, MA. Barry served overseas in Vietnam for a year; he earned a few distinguished medals including the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnamese Service Medal. On June 2, 1970, Barry was honorably discharged from Beaufort, SC and returned home to his family.

Barry met the “love of his life”, Patricia F. (Sykes) Hanson and they were married in 1970. They lived in southern New Hampshire for a few years before settling in North Reading. Barry and Pat had three boys, Brian, Chris, and Craig; Barry was a devoted father who enjoyed spending time with his boys. Barry was excited to become a “Grampy” to Madeline, William, Shea, and Lindsey.

Barry worked as an investment agent in the financial field. He enjoyed working with clients and helping them to plan for their future. Barry made many friends throughout his career; he was well-respected among his colleagues and vendors. While working, Barry returned to school at New Hampshire College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.

Barry’s true passion was softball; he played from a young age up until last year. Barry started his baseball/softball career in Wilmington, where he played for the Little League teams, Wilmington High School and after graduation, the Class of ’66 softball team. Barry participated in many Memorial Day tournaments at the Town Park, where he made many fun memories with friends. Barry’s softball career continued with the Merrimack Valley Senior Softball Association. He really enjoyed the games and friends he made while playing in this league.

In his spare time, Barry loved to try his luck at the slot machines. He traveled to Foxwoods, Atlantic City and most recently, Encore in Everett. Barry liked to relax and try to beat the slot machines.

Barry will be remembered for his personality; he was a nice, caring guy who really enjoyed people. He will be missed by his family.

Barry was the beloved husband of Patricia F. (Sykes) Hanson, devoted father of Brian Hanson & his wife Amy of Charlotte, NC, Chris Hanson & his wife Andrea of N. Reading, and Craig Hanson & his wife Michelle of Rowley, loving “Grampy” of Madeline, William, Shea, and Lindsey, cherished son of the late William D. and the late Norma M. (Moore) Hanson, dear brother of Gail St. Onge & her partner Colleen Casper of Dracut, the late James Hanson & his wife Beverly of Andover, loving brother-in-law of Carol & Paul Starner of Salem, NH, Penny & Bob Deschene of Pelham, NH, Bob Sykes & Mary Addis of Mount Vernon, OH, and the late Brenda (Sykes) Murphy & Frank Murphy of Pelham, NH. Barry is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

At the family’s request, Funeral Services for Barry will be private.

Memorial donations in Barry’s name may be made to Tufts Medical Center Development Office, Attn: Department of Nephrology, 800 Washington Street, #231, Boston, MA 02111.

Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA.

D. Barry Hanson

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