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Hanson, Robert B.

Robert Brand Hanson, of Shirley, Massachusetts and formerly a longtime resident of Dedham, died Saturday, September 2, 2023 at his home in Shirley. He was 77. Bob was born July 2, 1946 in Norwood, Massachusetts, the only son, and the middle child of the three children of John Andrew and Virginia May (Gibson) Hanson. He graduated from Dedham High School with the Class of 1964 and from the Class of 1968 from Harvard University in Cambridge. Bob was the Executive Secretary for the Town of Dedham for many years and later served as the Town Manager for the towns of Pepperell and Ashby. A noted historian, Bob served as the President of the Dedham Historical Society. He was the third generation to hold the position of secretary for the Society in Dedham for the Apprehension of Horsethieves, and a proud member of the National Lancers, a ceremonial cavalry squadron of the Massachusetts Organized Militia. In addition, he had been a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Treasurer for Allin Congregational Church in Dedham, a member of the Sons of Norway, and he attended Andover-Newton Theological School for a year. In some spare time he taught himself Norwegian. Bob is survived by his two sisters, Joanne A. Hanson, and Doris L. Walker, both of Dedham; two nieces, Kristen Overman, of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Andrea Wright of Sedona, Arizona; and two nephews, Scott Stone of Dover, New Hampshire and Erik Walker of Pasadena, California. He was a longtime partner of the late Martha Koziol. A Memorial Service will be held on September 30th at 1 pm at the Allin Congregational Church, 683 High Street, Dedham. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Allin Congregational Church, 683 High St, Dedham, MA 02026, or to the Dedham Museum and Archive (Dedham Historical Society), 612 High St., Dedham, MA 02026, or online at , would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. September 11th, 2023 | 2:33 am

    Doris, Jim and family,
    Howard and I were saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. We always enjoyed his visits to Allin Church and his talks on the history of Dedham. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. With love and sympathy, Marcia and Howard

  2. Brian Falvey
    September 12th, 2023 | 6:18 am

    A true legend. Thank you for your service & humor through the years. I hope to apprehend plenty of horses in heaven. Rest in peace, Bob.

  3. Drew Sullivan
    September 29th, 2023 | 11:44 pm

    Bob was an early role model when I worked as an intern for the Board of Selectmen and continued as a CETA program Grant Coordinator in 1977 & 1978..
    The Board was tough on Bob but he gave as good as he got.
    I treasure his autographed Dedham 1635-1890 and its message. A true historian and asset to Dedham for many years. Gone but not forgotten.

    Rest in Peace dear friend,

    drew sullivan

  4. Terry and Jack Walsh
    October 17th, 2023 | 8:20 pm

    We were saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I worked with Bob for many years in Pepperell and Ashby. He was a true scholar and gentleman. I always loved his stories. He was a brilliant man. May he rest in piece.

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