October 2 2017

Obituary: Marine, Beloved Family Man Charles L. Hanafin, 86

A long-time Burlington resident whose family has made a big impact in town has passed away.

Charles L. Hanafin passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of Sunday, October 1, 2017. He was 86 years old.

Charles Hanafin leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Rose. The couple had 11 children, 65 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. Many of them have lived lives of service, proudly joining the military and/or working for the town, the Burlington Fire Department and the Burlington Police Department.

The family is so involved in town that during Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting when members of the board were sharing their thoughts about Charles Hanafin’s passing, Selectman Joe Morandi quipped: “If you don’t know a Hanafin in town, you probably just moved here five minutes ago.”

Here is the full obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home:

Charles L. Hanafin a devout Catholic and family man passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday morning, October 1, 2017. He was 86 years old.

Charlie was born in Boston as one of 8 children born to Cornelius and Margaret Hanafin. He grew up in the Mission Hill Section of Roxbury. He was a 1948 graduate of Mission Church High School who went on to earn an Accounting Degree from Boston College in 1952. He then commissioned into the Marine Corps. He achieved the rank of Captain. He was proud to see his sons’ service to others as members of the State Police, Burlington Police, and Burlington Fire Department as well as his grandchildren’s service in the Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. While still in the service, he married his soulmate, Rose McGillicuddy.

After his military service, he began his career in Banking. He ultimately retired as the Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Online Services, a subsidiary of Cambridge Trust. During his working years, he earned his Master’s Degree from Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University. Charlie had a very accomplished career, but would prefer to be remembered as a man devoted to his Catholic faith and his family. He and Rose settled into a modest 3 bedroom home Burlington in 1955, then filled it with 11 children. He set high expectations for his children and raised them in a home filled with faith. He and Rose did a remarkable job raising their children who all went onto to all have large families of their own. He and Rose were proud to see their family grow to 11 children and their spouses, 65 grandchildren, many of whom have married, and 26 great grandchildren. It is quite a legacy. Charlie’s strong Catholic Faith radiated from him. He embraced all the church’s teachings, understood the importance of daily Mass and prayer, and the blessings of the Church’s sacraments. Saint Margaret’s Parish and the Mission Church were a very important part of Charlie’s family’s life. Charlie and many members of the Hanafin family taught CCD, served as altar servers, attended daily mass followed by saying the rosary, and supported the church in whatever manner possible. He and Rose were Burlington Chapter Chairs of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. In 2011 they were recognized by MCFL as the Family of the Year. He led the restoration drive at Mission Church in the early 80’s achieving the goal of raising 3 million dollars for church renovations. He was recognized as an honorary Redemptorist Oblate and Xavierian Brother. Charlie never did these things for the recognition. He was a humble servant of God who used his talents, treasures, and resolve to do God’s work and live his Catholic faith to the best of his ability.

Charles was the beloved husband of 63 years of Rose (McGillicuddy). Loving father of Charles and his wife Judy, Rosemary Farrow and her husband Michael, John and his wife Mary, Jim and his wife Susan, Gerard and his wife Cecile, Diane Reale and her husband Dan, Christine Scola and her husband Michael, Kathleen Coluci and her husband Kevin, David and his wife Lori, Daniel and his Wife Angela all of Burlington, and Jean Armano and her husband Robert of Methuen. Brother of William of Roslindale, Helen Dignan of Burlington, Catherine “Kitty” Provost of Nashua, The late Connie, Jack, George, and Jim. Grandfather of 65 and great grandfather of 26.

Visiting hours will be held at St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn Street on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 4-8 p.m. The evening will conclude with a Wake Vigil beginning at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Church on Friday at 10 a.m. The interment will follow at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Charles’s name may be made to Heartbeat Pregnancy Help Center, PO Box 153 Burlington, MA 01803.



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