The Sudbury Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of Firefighter/EMT John Patrick Hanley on Monday, October 27, 2008. Pat was a 30 year veteran of the fire service, starting first in Sudbury in 1978, moving to the Framingham Fire Department in 1981, and returning to Sudbury in 1983 where he remained for the rest of his career. Pat suffered for several years with cancer, but his many friends, supportive family, and strong desire to return to work sustained him even while his disease refused to abate. All are saddened by this loss, especially those who knew the richness with which Pat embraced life.
Below please find the listing that appeared in The Boston Globe.
HANLEY, John Patrick “Pat” Age 55, a resident of Southborough, formerly of Framingham, died at his home on Monday, October 27, 2008, surrounded by family and many friends. He was the husband of 21 years to Erin (McCann) Hanley of Southborough. Born and raised in Framingham, he was the son of the late William P. and Jean B. (DelPrete) Hanley. In addition to his beloved wife Erin, Pat is survived by his cherished daughter Olivia Jean Hanley, the light of his life. He is also survived by his sister Marianne Hanley of Nantucket, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and his firefighter brothers at the Sudbury Fire Department. Pat served as a Firefighter & E.M.T. for 30 years in the towns of Sudbury & Framingham. When he was not at the fire house, he worked as a highly skilled carpenter and cabinet maker, who could make or fix anything. Pat was an avid hunter & outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing, playing softball, football and hockey. He also enjoyed vacationing at his home on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire with his family and friends. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Church in Southboro. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral on Friday at 9:30 AM from the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St, (Cor. of Union Ave.), FRAMINGHAM. www.nortonfuneralhome.com followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 AM in St. Stephen’s Church, Concord St. (Rt. 126), Framingham. Burial will follow in the family lot at St. Stephen Cemetery, Framingham. Visiting hours at the Funeral Home Thursday 3-7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Pat’s memory may be made to the Michael Shay Scholarship Fund at Marian High School, 273 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702; Paul Newman Camp, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, 555 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven,CT06511 www.holeinthewallgang.org or the St. Vincent DePaul Society, 221 Concord St., Framingham, MA 01702.