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William J. Hanlon

February 09, 1936 - August 11, 2021

William J. Hanlon

February 09, 1936 - August 11, 2021


Obituary For William J. Hanlon

William J. Hanlon, 85, of Colleyville, Texas, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at his summer residence in Narragansett, Rhode Island with his family by his side. He was happily married to Eleanor (Carr) Hanlon for sixty years.

He was born in New Rochelle, New York on February 9, 1936, the son of the late William J. and Polly (Cowan) Hanlon and was a graduate of Stepinac High School in 1953, Catholic University in 1957, Harvard Law School in 1960 and Harvard Business School in 1962.

Bill spent his professional career at Exxon as tax counsel. His working life spanned forty years in New York, NY and Irving, Texas. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the New York and Texas Bars.

Bill was one of the great ones - his spirit, charisma and love of life will be sorely missed. He was devoted to family, known for his sage advice, loving guidance, dry rapier wit, and the respect and kindness he showed to others. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with his family and friends. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed tennis, boating, and professional football. He was a long time member of Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck, NY, the Harvard Club of NYC, the Crescent Club in Dallas, and the Sports Club of Irving, TX.

He is survived by his wife Eleanor Hanlon of Colleyville, Texas, two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Donna Hanlon of Hingham, MA and Arthur and Eileen Hanlon of Rye, NY, a daughter and son-in-law, Ellie and Chris Borowsky of White Plains, NY, and his grandchildren, Elizabeth, William “Jay”, Robert, Kyle, Ryan, Kelly and Brendan.

A service will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 11:30 AM at St. Mary’ Cemetery, 266 North St., Salem/Peabody line. Relatives and friends are invited. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Boys Town (www.boystown.org), Dana Farber (www.dana-farber.org), or the charity of your choice in his memory. A separate mass and celebration of his life will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows parish in White Plains, NY in the near future

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  • Our deepest condolences to the Hanlon family; we pray that, in your sorrow, you are consoled knowing that your father lived a full and happy life and is resting in the comfort of the Lord. Steve and Sharon Kaseta

  • I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, Bill. Praying that God lifts your sorry and fills your heart with the joy of knowing your father is now with Him. No more pain or suffering. Rhonda Harmon

  • We had the honor of being Bill & Ellie's next door neighbor for 25 years. They became like family and we enjoyed many memories as they joined us for many of our daughter's events and activities! He was always kind and very generous. A friend who will be greatly missed. Frank and Nancy Gore

  • Ellie, and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a very sweet man and he will be missed by all who knew him. I pray for your strength and peace. Marcy Estes

  • So sad when I heard the news of Bill's passing-always remember him from my days in Thornbury as being such a warm kind soul. My thoughts are with Elie and the family- Gail Friedman

  • Our deepest sympathy & condolences in the loss of your father, Bill & family. You are all in our thoughts. What an incredible legacy he has left behind. May he Rest In Peace.

  • I could not have asked for a better father-in-law. Rest In Peace.

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