On October 18, Bill Hanson died and took a bit of Rockaway with him. We lost one of our best and I lost one of my best friends. Bill was a great mentor, a dedicated family man and a fantastic cook. He was taken from us way too soon.
Bill and his wife, Nancy, started Roxbury Mills and employed many locals at their Beach 101st Street knitting mill for years. While running a business and raising a family, he also found the time to serve on the boards of both the RDRC and CB 14.
An accomplished kayaker and Olympic team coach, Bill was instrumental in launching the Gateway Bike & Boathouse in 2008 to introduce new people to the sport via free public kayaking. The Hansons even volunteered their home for the fundraiser that kick-started Rockaway’s newest not-for-profit organization.
Since then, Bill had served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for this 501(c)3. He had been instrumental in getting thousands of people on Jamaica Bay, many for the first time, from our original Riis Landing location and more recently, from Community Boathouse in Rockaway Beach.
Thank you for everything Bill, we’re going to miss you!
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