William A. Hanlon, 84, Portsmouth


Mr. William A. Hanlon, 84, of Portsmouth, R.I., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. He passed away at Newport Hospital in Newport, R.I. 
William was born on Aug. 7, 1936, in Providence, R.I. to Bernard Hanlon and Alice (Fournier) Hanlon. William is survived by his devoted and beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Ann (McDermott) Hanlon of Portsmouth, and his children: Margaret Warner and her husband Kevin of Tiverton, R.I., Kathleen Hanlon, of Tiverton, William A. Hanlon, Jr. and his wife, Lynn, of Portsmouth, Elizabeth Lewis and her husband Ralph, of Portsmouth, and Patty Baronian, of Portsmouth.
He is also survived by his brother, Richard Hanlon, of Coventry; and his grandchildren: Christopher Warner, of New Hampshire, Maureen Warner and PFC Joshua Botelho, both of Tiverton R.I., Alyssa, Ralph IV and Sarah Lewis; Emma and Julia Hanlon; and Jimmy, Hannah and Will Baronian, all of Portsmouth, R.I. He also is survived by his great-grandchild, William Warner. He was the brother of the late Bernard Hanlon, Jr., Joseph Hanlon, James Hanlon, and Claire (Hanlon) McDermott. He was a beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Hanlon boasted that his greatest achievement in life was courting and marrying his beloved wife, Mary Ann. His second greatest achievement was his family. Mr. Hanlon loved his family dearly and loved spending time with them … he especially loved each and every one of his grandchildren. He will be sorely missed. The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff at Newport Hospital for their amazing care.

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