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Footprints: Harry Lloyd Hanson - ‘Sugar’ resting in sweet repose

Published:Tuesday | April 5, 2016 | 4:00 AM

Harry Lloyd Hanson, late of Craighead, Manchester, must have been a sweet soul.

He was called 'Sugar', the fourth of six children for Charles and Catherine Hanson.

In Buttup, Craighead, he was born on May 27, 1935, and attended Craighead All-Age School.

In that same district, he met and married Roslyn.

Rose, Beverly, Sean and Chanclyn are the products of that marriage.

But Hanson was more than a producer of children. He spent most of his adult life doing construction work and farming. And on March 13, he left his children, 16 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, brother Aston, sister Herma, nieces, a nephew and other relatives and friends to lie in sweet repose on the other side.

In reflecting on Hanson's passing, his granddaughter, Judene Bent, said: "Grandpa, may you always walk in sunshine and God's love around you flow, for the happiness you gave us no one will ever know. It broke our hearts to see you go, but you did not go alone; a part of us went with you the day God called you home. Rest in peace, Grandpa, and your memories will always be in our hearts."

His thanksgiving service was held last Saturday, in the St James Anglican Church at Craighead.

He was eulogised by daughter, Rose Hanson-Hendricks as a jovial and "kind human being", who would travel with ground provisions to share with relatives and friends, and with his church during harvest time. He was an active community man.

"You will not find his name and good deeds written indelibly on pages of history, but his kind words, warm smile and gentle touch can never be erased from the memories of those whose lives he touched," Hanson-Hendricks told the gathering.

"There will be no gun salute to bid him farewell today, but if you will listen carefully you must agree that 10,000 guns blasting at this time could not drown the echoes of love and fond farewells being shown to him today. He was our stabiliser, father and our wonderful friend."

The man who travelled all over the country on excursions now rests his weary legs in the family plot at Craighead.