Harold J. Hansen, age 84, passed away after a brief illness at his home in Hamden on December 6, 2019. Harold, a lifelong resident of Hamden, was born in New Haven on February 4, 1935. Son of the late Harold A. Hansen & Ruth (Warner) Hansen; Harold was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Ellen L. Schneider Hansen, and his brother Herbert Hansen. He was a retired heavy equipment operator, most recently with Sweeney Excavation, and maintained the family dairy farm, Hickory Grove Farm, for many years. Harold was the loving father of Patricia Owens (Brian), Harold J. Hansen, Jr (Dawn), Scott Hansen (Christina), Martha Cappella (Robert), and David Hansen (Jennifer), and the proud grandfather to Kirsten, Kyle, Hal, Caitlin, Kassidy, Joseph, Pavel, Nikita, Marissa, Ryan, Robby, Jason, Brendan, Piper and Parker. He will be dearly missed by all. Friends may visit with his family on Wednesday, Dec. 11th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. His funeral will be held on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 9:00 a.m. from the funeral home with his Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Hamden. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven.

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  1. Today, I feel sad for the loss of Harold and the recent passing of his wife Ellen. I feel we just met them, and now they’re both gone. I moved here from California, and found a home with the Hansen’s and Owen’s families; because of Harold, Ellen and Patti, my son and I started a new life. I’ve enjoyed Harold’s bold spirit, and his whimsical ways tinkering in his garage. I will miss him and his wife Ellen always. I will miss their kindness and warmth-.. may they rest in peace together-..

  2. I wish to send my sympathies to the Hanson Family at this very sad time. I was a Nursery School teacher for some of Mr. Hanson’s grandchildren and remember them well.

  3. Worked with Harold at the Hamden Landfill. Hard working guy and fun to work with. Great (dry) sense of humor and a good man. God bless his soul.

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