Patrick Joseph Hanley, a wonderful husband and father, died peacefully at home in Los Altos Hills Saturday morning, June 26. Patrick, one of 10 children born to Lydon and Annette Hanley, was born August 1, 1935 in Palo Alto. He graduated from local schools including Bellarmine High School. After serving in the U.S. Army in West Germany, he returned home to marry Elaine Lawrence, his high school sweetheart. In their loving marriage of over 63 years, they had five children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. In his career as a meat cutter, he successfully managed the family business, Duca-Hanley Meats within Midtown Market in Los Altos, for over 20 years.
Patrick was devoted to his wife and his family and he loved to have fun and joke with everyone he came in contact with. Even though his management responsibilities at Duca-Hanley Meats meant that he often had to work six days a week, he always found time to be with his children to play every type of game and sport, to attend and cheer them on during their sporting events, graduations, and professional endeavors. He took his family on frequent and fun vacations to Disneyland, Lake Tahoe, visits at various National Parks and beaches and an adventurous cross-country trek to the East Coast. When retired, he and Elaine rented their home and spent several years living and touring all across Europe. Patrick was an avid handball player at the Palo Alto Elks Club and taught his sons the game. His family called him “Mr. Current Events” as he enjoyed reading newspapers, biographies and books about our nation’s history. He volunteered at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and with the Garden Ministry at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Los Altos. He loved America.
He brought joy to everyone he met and he will be deeply missed. His son Paul predeceased him. His wife Elaine, sons Kevin and Tim, daughters Jennifer and Sheila, their spouses James Kaiser, Oanh Hanley, Gary Peace, grandchildren John, Riley, Sheila, Annie, Michael, Keenan, Brennan, Maeve, Liam, and great grandson John survive him. Vigil The Funeral Mass will be held on Weds, July 14 at 10:30 AM at St. Nicholas Catholic Church at 473 Lincoln Ave in Los Altos. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Mission Hospice at 66 Bovet Road in San Mateo and/or Poor Clares Nuns at 28210 Natoma Road in Los Altos Hills. Please view/sign guestbook: cusimanocolonial.com