Paul Christopher Hansen: Obituary


Paul Christopher Hansen, age 66 of Sautee, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Born 10/7/51 in New York to Callie and John Hansen, Paul and his 3 siblings lived for several years in Huntington, Long Island before the family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio.  He graduated in 1969 from Richmond Heights High School and in 1976 from Ohio University with a BA in Philosophy.  Relocating to Atlanta that summer, he eventually started what became a successful business as a painting contractor specializing in high end homes in Buckhead and Sandy Springs.  Retiring in 2015 to Sautee, GA, he continued to do the same work he’d been doing for the last 40 years on his own house, this time for free.

Paul was a 17 year non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor.  Because he was always able to find the best in the worst of situations, he was able to turn a tough situation into one of perspective and gratitude.  He knew how lucky he so often was.  Those who remember him also know he was all about the love of his family, his pets, and music.

Surviving are his wife Mary, also of Sautee, and daughter Melody, of Athens, GA; brother John and his wife Helen of Rosenberg, TX; sister, Laura and brother in law Ron Haldeman of Channahon, IL, and sister in law Lisa, widow of eldest brother Jim, who passed away in 2015.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 5:00 PM at The Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 4-5 PM Saturday before the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Donor Services P.O Box 98018 Washington DC 20090-8018, the ASPCA , or the local animal shelter of your choice.

The family particularly wishes to thank the many helpful hands at Winship Cancer Center of Emory University and the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville. 17 years could never have been possible without you.

Good job, Paul.  We love you.

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Barrett Funeral Home Cleveland, GA

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