William A. Hanley, 90, Warren

WWII veteran was active in Warren for many years


William A. Hanley, 90, of Warren, died Monday, May 15, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Manor in Bristol. He was the husband of Gabrielle (Paquin) Hanley.

Born in Warren, a son of the late John W. and Gertrude (Dube) Hanley, he was a United States Navy veteran, serving during World War II, from 1942 to 1945.

Mr. Hanley was a self-employed contractor. Early on, he did remodeling of stores, and then as William A Hanley & Associates he built several new medical buildings and additions to others, before becoming “The House Doctor” for many years. Prior to working construction, he was a jeweler with stores in Warren and Barrington.

A lifelong Warren resident and active parishioner of St. Mary of the Bay Church, he was a life member of the Warren Fire Dept., Engine 1, “Central.”

He was the Director of Civil Defense in Warren from 1956 to 1959. A long-time member of the Warren Democratic Committee, he served as chairman at one time and also served on the Warren Planning Board for more than 20 years.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, William Atwood Hanley II and Mary of Bristol, John W. Hanley and Jennifer of Warren, Diane Soares and Richard Bitwinski of Warren, Susan Medeiros and David of Bristol, Gabrielle Samson and Walter of Cranston, and Julie A. Coelho and R. Shawn of Warren.

Mr. Hanley was the grandfather of 17, and the great-grandfather of 18. He was the brother of the late Lt. Col. John D. Hanley, Gertrude Gagnon, Catherine Maudsley and Margaret Kussay.

Mr. Hanley’s funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 19, from Smith Funeral and Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main St, Warren. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery, Vernon Street.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the March of Dimes, RI/Southeastern MA. Market, 220 West Exchange St.,# 3, Providence RI, 02903.

See www.wjsmithfh.com.


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