Paul Edward Hanson, 66, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2017 a year and a half after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Paul was born to John and Ethel (Ward) Hanson on June 29, 1950 in Oak Park, Illinois. Paul married Patricia (Rydquist) in 1975 then moved to Saint Petersburg, Florida where they began their careers as teachers. He began in 1976 at Bauder Elementary and continued to share his love for teaching at Pinellas Central Elementary, Gulfport Elementary, and Pinellas Park High School. After 40 years of teaching, Paul retired in 2015 from Pinellas County Schools. Paul also impacted the lives of students and communities through coaching high school football at Boca Ciega and Pinellas Park, coaching baseball at Azalea and Southwest Little Leagues, teaching gymnastics through the YMCA, and through a dedication to improving the well-being and safety of young adults with the LiveFree program at Pinellas Park High School. Paul had a passion for cycling and traveling, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family.
Paul played football at and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and earned a Master's Degree in Montessori Education from Barry University. In addition to all the joys brought to him from coaching and teaching, Paul loved working on repairs and renovations to his rental homes and helping family and friends with home projects.
Paul's last years were filled with joyful trips with his family to fish and hike in Alaska, exploring Ireland, cycling the Florida trails with his wife, seeing his sons' marriages and the birth of his first two grandchildren.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents, John and Ethel (Ward). Those left to cherish his memory: Paul's loving wife Patricia (Rydquist); his children Kyle - wife Hilary (Jensen), and Kevan - wife Autumn (Cooper); granddaughters Avila and Adeline; Paul's older brother Peter - wife Ann (Runcie) and his younger sister Kathy.
Paul and his family are so grateful for all the support and love from his friends, family, and caregivers who were so thoughtful and supportive during the past 17 months. Paul's lifetime of selflessness was repaid by you all during these months.
A viewing will take place on Saturday May 27, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Jude's from 9:30AM to 11:00 followed by a mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul's name to the rails-to-trails conservancy at: