John J. Hansberry

John J. Hansberry, 86, of Boston,, formerly of Dunwoody GA and Sudbury, MA died June 21, 2016. John was born and raised in Waltham, MA, the son of Doris (Sherman) and Clarence Hansberry.

John was a 1947 graduate of Waltham High School where he lettered in Football, Hockey and Baseball. He received his B.S.B.A. from Boston College where he helped to make “eastern collegiate hockey what it is today” as a 3 year starter as one of the lauded varsity “Kelleymen”.

John went on to serve a 4 year tour of duty as a proud Marine in Korea and Japan.

Mr. Hansberry enjoyed a 50 year career in hotel development and management which afforded him the opportunity to travel the world and live in Cleveland, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Atlanta. John enjoyed managing and developing properties for Hotel Corporation of America, Sonesta, Sheraton, Omni, Hyatt and The Ritz Carlton.
John was a talented artist who excelled at sculpting and drawing, enjoyed tennis with his dear friends at the Dunwoody Country Club and was active in his local parish and with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
John’s love of athletics was life-long and he was able to share it with the Lincoln-Sudbury and Georgia Tech students whom he coached in ice hockey.

Predeceased by his wife of 36 years, Anne Jane Kelley, John leaves behind a brother Joe of Scituate, sister and brother in law Mary (Kelley) & Jim Corr of Boston, and a sister in law Linda Kelley of Assonet. John also leaves five beloved nephews and nieces; Shawn (Christine), Beth, Lynn (Jim), Joe (Anne), & Michael, as well as 10 great nephews and nieces whom he adored. John also leaves behind his dear friend Eileen Fox.

A Funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM on Saturday June 25, 2016 at The Parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola 28 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA. Memorial gifts in Mr. Hansberry’s memory may be made to his Veterans of Foreign Wars Dunwoody Post #10822 , PO Box 889052, Atlanta GA 30356


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  1. Joe Hansberry on October 20, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Thank You Uncle John Hansberry for a life well lived.
    Smokin Joe Hansberry

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