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Richard F. Hanlon

March 21, 1935 — February 24, 2019

Hudson, formerly of Watertown and Waltham

Richard F. Hanlon, 83, of Hudson, formerly of Watertown and Waltham, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves his beloved wife. Marilyn D. (Maloney) Hanlon.

Richard was born on March 21, 1935, in Waltham, MA, one of ten children of the late Augustus and Marguerite (Aucoin) Hanlon. He graduated from Saint Charles School in Waltham and subsequently served his Country in the United States National Guard for 8 years. He settled in Watertown with his beloved wife Marilyn, where they raised their five children and lived until moving to Hudson twenty years ago. Richard had a long and successful career as a manager for New England Telephone eventually retiring after 38 years from Verizon.

Richard was an avid WWII and history buff and a fierce lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. He also enjoyed traveling, spending time during the summer at his favorite campground in Wareham and winters in Florida, where he loved to watch the Red Sox play their spring training games. Richard was a low key and humble person, who was happiest spending time with his family whom he adored.

In addition to his wife Marilyn D. (Maloney) Hanlon, he is also survived by his five children, Karen J. Murphy and her husband Gregg of Maynard, Elizabeth L. Maffattone and her husband Nicholas of Londonderry, NH, Peter F. Hanlon and his wife Sandra of Westboro, Thomas R. Hanlon and his wife Susan of Dorchester and Andrew A. Hanlon and his wife Alison of Lowell; 5 siblings, Jeannine Davis, Michael Hanlon, James Hanlon, Marylou Hanlon and Terence Hanlon; seven grandchildren, Cara and Kathleen Murphy, Juliana, Joseph and Amy Maffattone and Emily and Jake Hanlon and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by four siblings, Paul Hanlon, Maurice “Moe” Hanlon, John Hanlon and Marguerite Sullivan.

Relatives and friends are invited to a period of calling hours from 4 pm until 7 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at TIGHE HAMILTON REGIONAL FUNERAL HOME, 50 Central St., Hudson, MA. A funeral cortege will process to Saint Michael Parish, 21 Manning St. Hudson, MA, for a 9 am Mass of Christian Burial on Friday March 1, 2019. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: Opportunities for Inclusion; 56 Chestnut Street, Waltham, MA 02453; or Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601;

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home.

50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, March 1, 2019

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