Gary M. ‘Earl’ Hanson, 57
It is with great sadness that we announce that Earl’s 25-year battle with ALS has come to an end. Although he spent 20 years in a wheelchair and on life support, he truly shined with the utmost bravery and dignity. ALS may have taken away his physical abilities, however, he did not allow it to define him or the man he was.
Earl was a life long resident of Nahant, where he met his devoted wife Cindi of 23 years. Here they raised their beautiful daughter Mariah.
Earl always said he felt like the luckiest man in town. He definitely was, not only did he have the love and support of his family and friends, but also from his community. For 20 years family, friends and the Town of Nahant would come together for the Annual “One Pitch” softball tournament, also known as “Earl’s Day.” Hundreds would gather each year to help raise money to support the Hanson family.
Earl was deeply loved and will be sadly missed by so many. He is survived by his wife Cindi and daughter Mariah; mother, Connie Hanson of Saugus; father, Wayne Hanson and wife Judy of Beverly; brothers, Jeff Hanson and wife Terry of Danvers, Scott Hanson and wife Ellen of Salem, Keith “Bucky” Hanson and wife Jill of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Mark Hanson and wife Ashley of Tampa, Fla. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Penny Ross; sister-in-law, Robin Byron and husband Peter, all of Nahant; and brother-in-law, Arthur Ross and wife Amy of Weymouth. Earl also leaves behind his nieces Nicole, Renee, Justine, Monica, Emily, Matty, Jackie, Harper and Vera; and nephews Aaron, Christopher, Gary, Reed, Travis, Jack and A.J. Earl was also predeceased by his maternal grandparents Marion and Arnold Cummings; paternal grandparents Vera and Collin Hanson; and father-in-law Arthur “Punkin” Ross of Nahant.
Service information: A Celebration of Life for Earl will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Nahant. Donations in Earl’s memory can be made to Partners Healthcare At Home of Beverly or to the ALS Foundation.