Joseph L. Hansis Jr. of Cambridge passed away peacefully on November 14, 2021 at the age of 71. He was the beloved son of the late Joseph L. Hansis Sr. and the late Grace Donnelly Hansis of Cambridge. He was the loving brother of William Hansis of Cambridge, Gary Hansis and his wife Kathleen of Malden and Elaine Kneeland and her husband William of Sudbury. He was the uncle of Kathryn Hansis of VT, James Hansis and his wife Veronica of GA and Adam Kneeland and his wife Erin of Watertown. He was the great-uncle of 3 nieces and 2 nephews.
Joe (Jay) loved to ski, golf, fish, play racquetball, and throw darts. He loved to cook and eat. Stuffed mushrooms and jambalaya were some of his specialties. He enjoyed photography and model trains. In 1980, Joe was recognized as “Elk of the Year” by the Grand Lodge of the Order of Elks No. 839 Cambridge, MA.
Joe worked for 40 years in railroad maintenance for B & M, Amtrak and Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad before retiring in 2009.
Joe’s family would like to thank the dedicated staffs of Sunrise of Arlington, Sancta Maria Nursing Facility in Cambridge and Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge for their friendly & cheerful manner, medical expertise and thoughtfulness when dealing with Joe’s needs.
Joe’s family & friends were fortunate to have this generous man in their lives. He leaves a big hole in their hearts but happy memories will console them.
Funeral from the Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 36 Trapelo Rd, Belmont Friday at 9am. Funeral mass in St Peter’s Church, 100 Concord Ave. Cambridge at 10am. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Thursday 5-7pm. Interment Cambridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Cotting School 453 Concord Ave. Lexington,MA 02421.
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