Ralph Edward “Ed” Hanson, 82, died peacefully Sunday Aug. 11, 2019, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Augusta.

He was born in Portland June 23, 1937, the son of Ralph and Mary (Sudbay) Hanson.

A 1955 graduate of Rockland High School and 1958 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, Ed proudly served in the Navy and Naval Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1966 as a lieutenant.

After college, he worked at the Socony Mobile Oil Corp. as a junior engineer in the marine resources division and taught marine engineering at Maine Maritime Academy and always enjoyed working at his alma mater.

He was employed by Central Maine Power Co., retiring as the vice president for production and operations after 30 years. He was a creative and innovative engineer, holding several U.S. Patents for his ideas.

A lifelong fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, he played baseball throughout high school and college. He was a Hall Dale Little League coach and umpire for many years. He was active with the MSAD 16 School Board, serving as its chairman 12 times. During his retirement, he was a proud member of the Wendy’s Lunch Bunch and Friday coffee group.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Ruth; his children, Elizabeth Hanson Church of Fayette, John Edward Hanson of Roswell, Ga., and Jennifer Hanson Henke of Alexandria, Va.; his grandsons, Samuel Berry, Adrian Hanson, Ryan Henke, Duncan Hanson, Jack Hanson and Owen Henke; sister-in-law Joan Peters of Tenants Harbor; his sisters, Constance Harrison and her husband, Frank, of Yarmouth and Sarah McMennamin of Portland.

A memorial service will be held at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St., Augusta, Monday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the Hanson family has asked that donations in Ed's honor be made to the Maine Maritime Academy, Development Office, Pleasant Street, Castine, ME 04420.

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