David C. Hanlon

  • Born: August 5, 1942
  • Died: August 21, 2019
  • Location: Amherst, New Hampshire

Cremation Society of New Hampshire

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Tel. (800) 493-8001

Tribute & Message From The Family

David Carl Hanlon
David Hanlon, age 77, passed away on August 21, 2019 after a brief illness.

Dave was born on August 5, 1942 to Winston and Marian (Richardson) Hanlon of Amherst, NH.
He graduated from Milford Area Senior High School, Class of 1960. He served in the United States Navy Reserves during high school and active duty from 1960 to 1962 then returned to Amherst to start his family.

He loved his hometown of Amherst. His devotion to his town was evident through his numerous volunteer efforts. As a result, he was honored by the town in 1993 for his service and was awarded Citizen of the Year in 1996. He worked for the Highway Department for a time and was always there to help when the town needed it. He served 38 years on the Amherst Fire Department, where he served with his sons David (Bruce), Ed, and Josh before retiring as Captain in 2003.

He was employed at Public Service Company of NH as a Supervisor Lineman for 38 years before retiring in 2004, a career that he was very proud of.

Dave enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was loved by all that knew him. Over the years he enjoyed time at Pine River Pond in East Wakefield, NH where he would go boating, fishing, swimming, and snowmobiling. For the last decade, Dave became a snowbird wintering in Playa del Carmen, Mexico where he made many friends that became his winter family. He enjoyed giving people a hard time in a funny way to make them laugh. He was known for his cynical quick wit, welcoming personality, and for making friends wherever he went.

Dave is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Jeanne. His children; son David (Bruce) Hanlon and fiancée Cathy Hinzman of Francestown; son Edward and his wife Tracey of Amherst; son Joshua Allen and wife Summer of Torrance, CA; son Justin Allen of Jeffersonville, VT. His daughter Carlene and husband Doug Stewart of East Wakefield; and daughter Jennifer and husband Dean Lambert of Sarasota, FL. Dave is also survived by his brother, John, and wife Vivian of Milford, four nieces, and one nephew, and many cousins.

He had 14 grandchildren; David, Trevor, Samantha, Nicholas, Adam, Jacob, and Thomas Hanlon, Caitlin Sheets, John Hinzman, Hannah and Ashley Stewart, Jessica and Lauren Lambert, and August Allen. Five great grandchildren; Alison, Matthew, and Olivia Hanlon, Theo Botts, and Sophia Hinzman.

All who knew Dave are welcome to attend the graveside service which will be held with Fire Department and Military Honors on Tuesday, August 27th at 10:30am at Meadow View Cemetery in Amherst. A luncheon will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Home, Health, and Hospice Care, 7 Executive Park Drive Merrimack, NH 03054 or https://www.hhhc.org/how-to-help/donate/

The family would like to thank: Catholic Medical Center for one and half years of excellent care, the staff at Brigham and Women's for the care and compassion, and Dr. Mitchell Young and P.A. Jillian Gibson for their guidance and support.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jeanne - so sorry to hear this about Dave - had some good times with both of you, your family and friends - thankful to have been introduced to you by Jim and Patty - thinking of you and you are in our thoughts and prayers - Cheryl and Frederick Brouillette

Posted by Frederick Cheryl Brouillette - Amherst, NH - Acquaintance   August 29, 2019

I am really sad to know that Dave has passed on. He was a friend for many years. With warmest regards to the family.

Posted by Christy Day - Amherst, NH - friend   August 28, 2019

Jeanne and family, our deepest sympathies for your loss, Dave was a wonderful man as I am sure all who were fortunate to pass through his circle would agree, we are proud to say we are a couple of those people.....he will be forever missed by both his family at home as well as his winter family in Mexico.....much love, sharon and mike ❤

Posted by Sharon Crawford - Calgary, AB   August 27, 2019

Jeanne and family
So sorry for your loss. We have really just got to know Dave in the past few years seeing him once a year at the Wells Fall Festival but in that short period i found out that he was a special person and he will be missed.
Doug and Laurie Burke
Farmington N.H.

Posted by Doud and Laurie Burke - Farmington, NH - Friend   August 27, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jeanne and all the family. We know that Dave will be greatly missed.
Herb KOPF and Pat Harrison

Posted by Herb Kopf - Amherst, NH - Friend   August 26, 2019

tracey and ed you guys are very special to bill and I and people you are is part of who you have in your life ed your dad raised good man and kind heart so sorry that you lost him .I didn't know him but fact you turn out be great man said a lot about him. sorry for your family lost. love Julie and bill Connors.

Posted by julie connors - new durham, NH   August 25, 2019

So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Many memories of seeing him and the Public Service crew at Ansaldo's house. Andy and Bim Berwick

Posted by A friend   August 25, 2019


Hard to know what to say, still in a state of disbelief! I do know I always left Uncle David with a smile on my face. He made sure he was included in my wedding, which we loved... it was in California, and he made it into an adventure with Jeanne, making quick friends with relatives from Ron's side of the family. He had a fun laugh that reminded me of our grandmother, Gram and it was always soothing to listen to as nice reminder of her joyful nature. He also was the spark to get a family cruise organized which served as a family reunion for five days during Thanksgiving in 2014. Blessings came from Uncle David's life, and blessings will continue now as the family comes together to share memories. Much love to all in this time of great sadness. Love, Christopher Hanlon and Ron Smith, Lighthouse Point, FL.

Posted by Christopher Hanlon - LIghthouse Point, FL - Family   August 24, 2019

Jeanne: You and Dave were bookends and I will miss seeing him alongside the love of his life.
Bill and I are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. You were both blessed with a loving family who will
help you get through the rough times ahead. You have many friends who will be there to support
you during the grieving process and beyond. We will see you on Tuesday to pay our respect to a
wonderful man with a loving heart. He will be sorely missed by all. Bill and Linda McDonald, Winchester MA.

Posted by Linda McDonald - Winchester, MA - Friend   August 23, 2019

Such a great loss.

Posted by Polly Hawkins - Nashua, NH - coworker   August 22, 2019


Im so sorry to hear about Dave. He was always a joy to be around and always made me laugh. We met when I was a little girl and I joined him at PSNH as an adult and loved to see his face there. He was considered as part of my family and I will miss him terribly. Im so very sorry to his family and please let us know if we can do anything at all to ease your heartache. We all love you all so very much.
Jennifer kimball, The Doran family

Posted by Jenn Kimball - Milford, NH - friend   August 22, 2019

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