John (Richard) Hansen Jr., a longtime resident of Rye, N.Y., and the driving force behind the local Meals on Wheels for nearly 20 years, died on May 8, 2020. He was 78.
Born in White Plains, N.Y., he was the son of Jack and Peggy (Fox) Hansen.
He worked as an electrician at Port Chester Electric until the day they closed, and then Whiffen Electric. He was a proud member of Local 3 and 501 and served on their retiree board.
On December 7, 1963, he married Barbara Whalen, whom he’d met at the White Plains Bowl, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Elmsford.
After retiring, his joy for the past 18 years was his volunteer work with Meals on Wheels of Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook. For the last ten years it was his honor to chair the organization.
Richard Hansen was an avid New York sports fan, old-time movie aficionado, trivia buff, and music lover. Frank Sinatra was his favorite and he knew the dates of all his recordings and could name the band leader and musicians for each song.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Barbara Hansen in July 2016. He is survived by his children, Peggy and Michael and his wife Catherine; his grandchildren, Christopher and Michael; and his sisters, Barbara Gallo and Kirstine Johnson.
A Memorial Mass and celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels of P.C., Rye and Rye Brook, P.O. Box 555, Rye, NY 10580.