Bob Hanson is remembered for his love of household, neighborhood


A celebration of life Friday for the 75-year-old devoted neighborhood member who devoted her life to serving to individuals in Iqaluit

Ann Hanson is proven in her front room at Apex on Wednesday. (Photograph by Emma Tranter)

It appeared that Bob Hansen was at all times on the middle of Iqaluit’s development from a small city to a capital metropolis.

An obituary written by his household mentioned, “His resume reads like a compilation of many males.”

Hanson died on November 7 on the age of 75 on the Ottawa Civic Hospital.

As instructed by his household, his contribution to Iqaluit was immeasurable.

Hanson first got here to Iqaluit from New Brunswick in June 1965 on the age of 18, the place he met his spouse, Ann. The couple have been collectively for 56 years and have 5 daughters, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

By the years, he served as a volunteer firefighter, deputy hearth chief, deputy mayor, president of the Royal Canadian Legion department, president of the Nunavut Enterprise Credit score Corp., president of the Nunavut Water Board and president of the Nunavut Arctic Faculty.

He additionally served as coroner, volunteered as Santa Claus, and was most not too long ago president of the Ukutak Society in Iqaluit.

Because the solar begins to set round 2 p.m. of their dwelling in Apex, Ann Hanson does not miss a second when requested how her husband juggles their varied jobs and volunteer work.

“Household,” she mentioned.

“It was a part of residing. Simply a part of residing in our neighborhood.

Ann mentioned that Bob was a loving father who, regardless of his busy life-style, was at all times round for his youngsters.

“It takes the entire village to make a child develop up. Bob understood,” she mentioned.

In his little free time, Hanson beloved looking and spending time on the land. Ann mentioned that the primary Inuktitut phrase her husband realized was, “Do you need to go looking?”

He additionally bought the nickname ‘Ningouk’ from the individuals of the neighborhood, which suggests son-in-law.

“He was properly revered,” mentioned Ann, herself a former commissioner of the territory.

Hanson is probably greatest recognized for its service that brings cargo every sealift season. He based RL Hanson Development with Ann.

The service “went on about all the pieces, from a few items of wooden for the Queen,” his obituary mentioned.

RL Hanson’s faculty buses additionally drove youngsters to high school for 40 years.

Nunavut Premier PJ Akigok mentioned in a November 8 assertion to the Legislative Meeting, “He has left an awesome legacy for each Iqaluit and Apex.”

“Niaqunnagut won’t ever be the identical once more, clearly due to his immense contribution to what he did to assist Eqallummiut and all of Nunavut,” the premier mentioned.

Iqaluit-Tasiiluk MLA George Hickes supported Akigok’s feedback within the meeting.

Hicks mentioned, “I feel we might all be hard-pressed to discover a extra distinguished household that has contributed a lot to the optimistic improvement and optimistic perspective of individuals all through this area, however particularly in Iqaluit.” “

A celebration of Bob Hanson’s life will start at 1:15 p.m. Friday at St. Jude Anglican Church, adopted by a reception at Cadet Corridor.

His ashes will probably be unfold at Sealift Seashore and a number of the locations he and Ann spent their courting dates, amongst different locations.



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