Frederick W. Hanson, age 67

of Braintree

Frederick W. Hanson, age 67

Frederick W. Hanson, age 67, a longtime resident of Braintree, died suddenly, Monday, April 8, 2024 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

Born in Boston, Fred was raised and educated in Braintree. A graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School, Class of 1974, he went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Class of 1978.

For over forty-two years, Fred was fortunate enough to have a job he loved as a Patriot Ledger staff reporter. He took pride in mentoring so many “cub” reporters, helping them develop their personal style and careers. He was the long-standing president of the Patriot Ledger Newsroom Association. His loss will be deeply felt by his family, friends, colleagues, and the South Shore communities he served.

His broad range of interests included avid reading, history, politics, civic engagement, traveling, film noir, music, and concerts – he was a proud, original Parrothead. A lover of all Boston sports teams, he also had a special affinity for the Toronto Blue Jays since their expansion. Fred penned short special stories to personalize every greeting card he sent. He was a true renaissance man.

Beloved son of Ann J. “Nancy” (Dempsey) Hanson of Braintree and the late Frederick W. Hanson Jr., D.M.D.

One of thirteen siblings, Fred was the devoted brother of Katherine M. Hanson of Braintree, Elizabeth A. Hanson of Quincy, Margaret E. Iverson and her husband Mark of Hanover, Francis X. Hanson and his wife Renee of Orefield, Pa., Patricia R. Hanson and her husband Mitchell Waters of Hanover, John L. Hanson of Randolph, Barbara J. Lynch and her husband Neil of Lake Forest, Ill., Thomas P. Hanson of Braintree, Regina M. Hanson of Belmont, Susan T. Hanson and her husband Christopher Morris of Belmont, Christopher J. Hanson of Hanover, Julie F. Hanson, D.M.D. and her husband Eram Zaheer of Shrewsbury.

Loving uncle of Taylor and Emily Hanson, Christian and Erik Iverson, Mary Waters, Kamran and Aidan Zaheer, twins Vivienne and Bennett Morris, Patrick, Daniel, and Matthew Lynch.

Lifelong friend of Thomas McDermott and his wife Marissa of Pembroke Pines, Fla. and godfather of Lara McDermott of Jacksonville, Fla. Fred is also survived by many cousins, friends, and their families. Family meant everything to Fred.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, April 12, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington Street, Braintree, on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 990 LaGrange Street, West Roxbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to WUMB Radio, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125 or the Marge Crispin Center, c/o Ann Toland, 46 Lincoln Street, Braintree, MA 02184.


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  • I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Regina you know you have your friends to lean on and support you so please reach out when you’re ready. To your mom and the rest of your family, my deepest sympathies to you all.

    Kathryn Powers

  • Our most heartfelt condolences to Ma and the entire Hanson family. Your loss is deeply felt by many. Fred was one of the kindest and gentlest persons we have ever known. He could make time for you if you needed his help and when he shared his time it was genuine and always upbeat. Fred, used to baby sit for us (like all the Hansons did) and all my four kids remember him as a gentle giant – yes they did torment him – but he didnt mind, he actually enjoyed it. God Bless he will be missed.

  • On behalf of all of the staff at Vinfen/South Shore Day Hab, we would like to express our condolences to the Hanson family for the loss of Fred. Fred has been an integral part of his brother John’s care over the years, and has been a pleasure to work with. We wish you peace during this difficult time.

  • My professional connection with Fred dated back to the 1980s, and it was a great pleasure to re-establish it during the past three years. He was a well-respected reporter whose work spoke for itself. He had a capacity for storytelling, his intuitional memory was unparallelled, and he was proud of his roots. A call or e-mail from — or, better yet, a personal encounter with — Fred was never solely focused on the assignment at hand. The conversation could go in any direction and always included an entertaining anecdote, a historical reference or a clever non-sequitur. He was a genuinely good guy whose presence will be deeply missed. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • I am so sorry for the loss of your brother Fred. Kathy you know you can lean on me always. Sympathies to your mother and the rest of your family. Love Pat

  • Fred was a GIANT in the community for his expert newspaper reporting!

  • Dear Mrs. Hanson,
    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family .
    I have many fond memories of working with Fred back in the 1970s for the Scituate Mirror.
    His great sense of humor and kindness made many long days, especially on deadline,
    less stressful and more pleasant for the rest a of us — but, more importantly, he was a gifted reporter, whose articles were always interesting, honest and fair.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Fred was one of the good guys. His stories and his life were always honest and true. We miss you Fred. Terry Fancher

  • Dear Nancy, Kathy and family. My deepest sympathy to you all in the passing of your beloved Fred. I hope your fond memories bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    With sincere condolences, Rose

  • Fred and I shared having survived our grade school years at Sacred Heart in Weymouth. He was one of the kindest and most intelligent people I’ve ever met. Fred was witty, curious, gentle, compassionate and forgiving even all those years ago. Each time we ran into one another around town in our adult years Fred would chat about his music, his family, and his many years with the Ledger. He was a delightful man who I have nothing but fond memories of and I wish him Gods Speed with the wind at his back and the Angels guiding him home. My condolences to Kathy and the entire Hanson family.

  • Dear Betsy and Family, Our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to you all during this difficult time; wishing you strength and comfort, and wishing you courage to face the days ahead with loving memories to hold in your heart forever. Fred will be in our daily prayers and of course your family also. Forever At Peace. God Bless.
    Atrius Health
    Pathology Department

  • Great guy, TRUSTED friend. Excellent journalist and reporter. Rest In Peace, Fred.