E. William's Story
Edwin William Hansen (Bill) left his beloved friends and family on August 19, 2017.
Bill grew up in Stoughton, Mass., and graduated from Brown University and Harvard Business School. After serving for four years as LT(jg) in the Navy, he launched his business career at IBM, where his passion for technology was born. Following business school, he became the director of research at The Boston Company and then founder and managing director of Harbor Capital Management.
Bill was one of the first to try computer dating in the 1960s, which was how he met his wife and best friend, Betsy. They made a special team and filled their home with music, two loving daughters, and a pet menagerie. His love for playing music ran deep—a passion handed down to his daughters with whom he recently recorded a CD.
Bill loved athletic competition, especially fast-pitch softball, tennis, and skiing. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends and his favorite vacations were spent in Bermuda, riding mopeds and wearing madras. The White Mountains were his second home and where he and Betsy fell in love.
Bill thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years, which allowed more time to volunteer on his boards, play golf and bridge, and overfeed his dogs. Some of his favorite boards included the Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover and The Stevens Estate at Osgood Hill.
Bill’s family will miss him beyond words, but they are grateful for all the laughter, love, and memories. His friends will miss his quick wit and parties featuring “the loudest ‘hi-fi’ in the Merrimack Valley.” He is survived by his Kaboda front-end loader; his Labrador, Rowdy; his mother, Helen; his brother, Rawley; his daughters, Kristin and Karin; and the love of his life of over 50 years, Betsy, who knew the lyrics to every song he ever sang. “And when these fingers can strum no longer, hand the old guitar to young ones stronger.”
Please consider a donation in Bill’s honor to Dana Farber Cancer Institute (dana-farber.org); or Stevens Memorial Library (stevensmemlib.org).
A small, family celebration of Bill’s life is being planned.
Published on  August 27, 2017