L. Hanwell, 61, of Ipswich, beloved husband of Sandra J. (Blunda)
Hanwell, died Thursday, November 22, 2012 in the Kaplan Family
Hospice House, Danvers, surrounded by his family following his
Born in Malden, November 30, 1950 son of the late Robert and
Elsie (Cliff) Hanwell, he attended Malden and Somerville public
schools and was a graduate of the Shaw Preparatory School in
Boston. Married in 1979, the Hanwells made their home in
Melrose, Essex, and for the last sixteen years, Ipswich. For
thirty of these years, Bob worked both freight and passenger
trains of the
former Boston and Maine Railroad, former AMTRAK and most
recently, retiring as a commuter rail train conductor from the
MBCR (Mass. Bay Commuter Railroad).
After buying their first timeshare in 1980, he and his family
traveled throughout New England, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the
Bahamian Islands, and to Disney, and over the years took
numerous trips to the midlands Stoke-on-Trent, England to visit
family. He also enjoyed singing and playing his guitar, fishing
with his friends, and practicing amateur landscape photography.
He was a devoted husband, father and friend to all who knew him.
He was a
longtime member and former union officer of the United
Transportation Union Local #898 and was also one of the original
captains of the AMTRAK organization 'Operation RedBlock' for
many years. He was a committed member of the friends of Bill W.
for 19 years.
In addition to his wife Sandy of thirty-three years, he is
survived by three daughters, Kimberly and her husband Taylor
Desrochers of Salisbury, Alyssa Hanwell of Beverly and Brianna
Hanwell of Ipswich; a sister, Linda Hanwell of Lynn; a grandson
Gabriel Desrochers of Salisbury; as well as his cousins in
His funeral service will be held 11 am Tuesday, November 27 in
the United Methodist Church, Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich,
followed by interment in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family
and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday
4 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street,
Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to United Methodist
Church of Ipswich, 31 North Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938, and,
or the Williams Syndrome Association, 570 Kirts Boulevard Suite
223, Troy, Michigan 48084.