BREWER – Fred Crowell Hanson, 89, died June 28, 2008. He was born Oct. 5, 1918, in Bangor, to Walter King and Edna (Crowell) Hanson. Fred was married to Hester Anita Billings in 1942. He graduated from Bangor High School and attended Hebron Academy for post-graduate studies. Fred graduated from the University of Maine in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He often spoke fondly of the summer he spent in the fire tower on Soper Mountain in the north woods of Maine. After graduation Fred accepted a job with Sperry Gyroscope Co., a defense industry company in New York. After the war ended, Fred and Hester returned to Bangor, where Fred joined his father in the family business, Dunham-Hanson Co. In 1964 Fred and his father sold the wholesale division of Dunham-Hanson Co., and retained the retail division, which became Bangor Hardware Co. Fred and Hester continued their presence in the store after their retirement. Fred was very involved in the community through his work with City Club of Bangor, Bangor Noontime Rotary, Bangor Mechanic Association, SCORE, Penobscot County Conservation Association, Conservation Camp and Toastmasters. Fred was very involved with Bald Mountain Ski Area, Dedham. It was owned and operated by Penobscot Valley Ski Club, of which Fred served as president. He was often seen in his suspenders, red flannel shirt and wide-brimmed straw hat operating the water powered saw mill during Living History Days at Leonard’s Mills, Bradley. Fred also served as treasurer for the organization from 1994 to 2002. He was a lifelong member of All Souls Congregational Church, where he served as collector for many years. Fred and Hester were members of All Souls Couples Club, where many of their life-long friendships were formed. Fred enjoyed sailing on his boat, the Nereus, fishing, gardening, camping, his camp at Pleasant River Lake and family activities. He loved playing cribbage with his sons and his friends. Fred is survived by his four children, Carolyn Thompson and her husband, Ray, of Brewer, Richard Hanson and his wife, Brenda, of Orrington, Helen Schacht and friend, Robert Hills, of Greenville and Thomas Hanson and his wife, Anne, of Orrington; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Anne Bamford of Bangor. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Hester; his brother, Robert H. Hanson of Hampden; and his sister, Marion H. LeBlanc of Bangor. His family thanks the staff of Woodlands of Brewer, BAVN Hospice and Patti Gonyar for their loving care of Fred. Friends are invited to visit 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer. A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, with the Rev. Renee U. Garrett, presiding. Refreshments will be served afterward in the church vestry and burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Leonard’s Mills, care of Maine Forest Logging Museum, Inc., 5768 South Annex A, Room 100, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469, Iris Network, 12 Acme Road, Suite 104, Brewer, ME 04401 or to a charity of choice. Condolences may be offered at