In memory of
Glen Alexander Hanna
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In memory of
Glen Alexander Hanna
It is with sadness that the family of Glen Alexander Hanna announces his passing on February 11, 2017, at age 93. Glen was the only child of Margaret and Albert Tracy Hanna. He will be missed by daughter, Tracey Marks (Owen) and grandchildren (Owen) O.J. and Suzanne; Victoria (Scott Valila), and by daughter Margie Hanna and grandchildren, Dylan Gerow (Amanda), great grandchildren Rylie and Brooke; and Duran Gerow and Meghan Krys. Born in 1923, Glen lived on the family farm near Fort Frances until he was 16, when he hopped a freight train for the Lakehead to make his way in the world. He had the innate ability to learn from experience and listen to others. After stoking coal on Great Lakes ships, he joined the Canadian war effort. Glen first met Ida Mae, his life's partner, when he was best man and she was maid-of-honour at their friends' wedding in Winnipeg during WWII. They married in Noranda, QC, in January 1946. Although he loved the sea, he couldn't persuade Ida Mae to become a ship's cook. So for the sake of love, his career took a different path. In short order he became an accomplished carpenter and project supervisor. His work took him to Atikokan where he and Ida Mae raised their two daughters, Tracey and Margie, and became active members of the community. Glen served on the school and church boards, and was active in the charitable work of the Masonic Lodge. His excellent work as foremen in new home construction for the booming iron ore industry in Atikokan, lead him to secure employment in Thunder Bay with Public Works of Canada 1960, as Regional Property Manager and Building Inspector for Northwestern Ontario. Glen retired from the federal government in 1973, and he and Ida Mae moved to Rainy River to reside in her family home for the next 15 years. They lived a simple but hardworking, self-sufficient lifestyle before returning to Thunder Bay to be close to family. Retirement didn't mean sitting back with his feet up and these years were filled with more adventures and accomplishments. He was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #5 and the Royal Canadian Naval Association. He worked alongside his navy comrades to erect and maintain the Anchorage naval monument at Prince Arthur's Landing for which he was recognized with a Citizen of Exceptional Achievement Award in 2002 from the City of Thunder Bay. As a volunteer service officer, he worked diligently to help veterans receive their entitled benefits. Glen loved many things: family, eating good food especially home-grown vegetables, winters in Texas for ten years, politics and music (his style). In recent years, he loved fish on Fridays at Bannon's and pancake breakfasts shared with good friends. He lived independently, and with a driver's licence, until he died! But most of all he loved his wife and family. For this, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are forever grateful. As dad would say, “ Have a nice day the rest of the way” . Thanks to Dr. K. Ramchandar, the Cancer Clinic staff, Oncology Unit and Emergency Department physicians and staff, for their care and compassion. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of remembrance will be held at a later date. If so desired donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 5, The Naval Heritage Fund or the charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Simpler Times Cremation Centre Please sign the online condolences at SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT A Celebration of Life for the late Glen Hanna will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Family and friends will gather from 11:30 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Port Arthur Branch #5, Van Norman St.
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