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Hansen, Robert W.

Hansen, Robert, resized

Robert Warren Hansen, a lifelong resident of Norwood, died Monday, August 11, 2014 at the Ellis Nursing Home. in Norwood.  He was 88.  Bob was born February 25, 1926, one of the seven children of Hans and Harriett (Lauritzen) Hansen, immigrants from Norway.  He graduated from Norwood High with the Class of 1943 and within a year joined the US Navy where he served as an Electrician’s Mate, 3rd Class in the South Pacific, and fought in the invasion of Okinawa. Bob enjoyed extensive travel in Europe, Australia, and throughout the United States.  In 1953 he opened his electrical contracting business, and in 1966 he incorporated the business as Robert W. Hansen, Inc, which he operated until his retirement in the 1990’s.  Bob’s hobby was buying and renovating houses from the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Along with his business partner, he renovated three historical homes on Vernon Street in Norwood; 12 Vernon Street (The Verne Inn), 15 Vernon Street (The Lyman Smith House) and 98/100 Vernon Street (The Tyler Thayer House).  They also renovated the Hospital Pharmacy on Washington Street, and properties in Quincy, Natick, and Canton.  Bob was a generous man, both with family and friends, but also with his time as an electrical contractor, donating much time and material to the Lions Club, the Masons, the Orient Lodge Masonic Building, and the Town of Norwood.  He installed the wiring and chandeliers in the Chapel of Saint Gabriel at Highland Cemetery among other projects provided at no charge to the taxpayers. Bob was never married and was the last survivng of his brothers and sisters; Dorothy Harriet Hansen, Vivian Helen Spear, Marian Gertrude Hansen, Roy Howard Hansen, Jean Agnes Hansen, and Ralph Kenneth Hansen.  Visiting hours will be held Thursday, August 14th from 4 to 8 PM at the May Funeral Home, 85 Nichols Street, Norwood.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Friday at 10 AM at the Masonic Temple, 76 Day Street, Norwood.  Interment will be private.

Guestbook Entries

  1. The Reilly Family
    August 12th, 2014 | 8:46 am

    Bob you will always be in our hearts. We love you and will always remember the good times. Rest in Peace.

    All our love Kelly,Timothy,Heather,Kevin and Linda

  2. Tom McClintock
    August 12th, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Bob, thanks for all you did through all the years. There was always time for anyone in need. May God reach out, bless your soul and keep you in comfort. The brethren have lost a hard worker.

  3. Cheryle Newton Ferante
    August 12th, 2014 | 4:11 pm

    Uncle Bobby,
    You will always be remembered and loved. You were an amazing man, a great Uncle and a devoted Brother. I will miss your sense of humor,your kindness and your no nonsense advice. You were a great role model. Rest in peace Uncle Bobby. You will be missed by so many.

    Love, Cheryle, Nick & Buck

  4. Courtney Faulds
    August 13th, 2014 | 12:06 am

    Uncle Bobby,
    You were one of the sweetest people in the world. You will forever be in our hearts. I an glad you are at peace and can join the rest of our crazy family up there. Love you always!!

  5. John Kröne
    August 13th, 2014 | 6:06 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the family. The obituary was nicely written and it showed how Robert W. Hansen was dedicated to helping others. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God’s promise to soon “wipe out every tear from your eyes…and death be no more” (Rev 21:3,4). With deepest sympathy and warmth of heart, John and Carla Kröne.

  6. Ted and Grace Curtin
    August 15th, 2014 | 9:42 pm

    Goodbye, Bob, dear old friend and co-worker of childhood days on good old Hoyle St., with fond and happy memories of our many joint projects and our shared labors at the First National. Many thanks for your friendship and concern for our family through the years.

    So long, “Hanny”, may you rest in peace.

  7. Pete Curtin
    August 16th, 2014 | 1:06 am

    Rest in peace.

    Bob was a very caring and generous person. He hired me as his helper when I was a young jr high kid to run tools and supplies from his truck to him at work sites. Bob, at one time had his show in a building in the Ward in Norwood. He had many power tools for woodworking, etc. Bob opened his shop to the neighborhood and taught us all how to correctly use them and build projects. Bob even paid for the stock.

  8. Perkins Family
    September 5th, 2014 | 10:57 am

    Our condolences to Bob’s family. We recently heard of his passing. He was a kind soul and he will be missed!

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