William "Blad" Hansen


April 21st, 1942
October 24th, 2022

Passed away at the MUHC in Montreal, on Monday, October 24, 2022 Mr. William ''Blad'' Hansen aged 80 years of Havelock. Beloved companion to Judith Roe and dear father to Lydia (Carlos). He also leaves to mourn his sister Margaret Hansen and many relatives and friends. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date. Funeral Entrusted to Rodrigue Montpetit et Fils Inc. 170 Châteauguay St., Huntingdon, Quebec J0S 1H0, 450-264-5331 Online condolences and tributes may be made at www.rodriguemontpetitfils.com

Condoleances (16)

  • Jude Rémillard and staff

    Please accept our deepest condolences . We are very sad to hear of your loss. He will be missed.

    Saturday, Oct 29 2022 2:53:57pm
  • Rob Ireland

    So sad to hear this. He was a powerful influence in my early twenties, a good friend and colleague in all the crafts relating to wood. I credit my trade skills and love of tools, and boats, to him. Blad was an early Eco-warrior from the Whole Earth Catalogue days. He turned me on to Stewart Brand….and changed my life.
    Rob Ireland

    Saturday, Oct 29 2022 10:01:10pm
  • Geoffrey Freemantle

    A very sad day indeed. Bon voyage Blad and smooth sailing. Condolences to the family.

    Sunday, Oct 30 2022 12:54:09am
  • Mary Ellen O’Neil and Philip Lepine

    Dearest Judi and Lydia, we were so saddened to hear about Blad yesterday. Though I didn’t know him well, the few times I talked with him, it was to learn lifelong lessons. He had environmental insights that have stayed with me. I also remember like yesterday Judy, your visit to me in the Barrie when my twins were born. You were glowing in anticipation of your upcoming arrival (Lydia) . When I asked how to spell Blad’s name, you said “easy, sounds like handsome “. Indeed he was, but more importantly, he was a community leader and a solid partner and father. Philip and I send our sincere condolences.

    Monday, Oct 31 2022 5:28:00pm
  • Daniel Pomminville

    My deepest sympathies to Judy and family. Blad will always be remembered in our hearts.

    Monday, Oct 31 2022 8:38:32pm
  • Sharron and Tom

    We miss our dear friend and will hold him in our hearts for the rest of our days.

    Tuesday, Nov 1 2022 10:37:56pm
  • François Pierre Ménard

    Penser à Blad aujourd'hui me connecte à une grande paix et une profonde joie aussi. Je l'ai toujours vu porter le sourire d'un gamin heureux tout en étant lui-même une fontaine d'information sur la nature ou concernant des projets scientifiques. Un bel homme quoi! Hommage à lui.

    Wednesday, Nov 2 2022 1:40:07pm
  • Teresa Groenewegen-Caza

    M’y condolences to Judy, Lydia along with the rest of Blad’s family and friends. B’ad was instrumental in my first steps towards environmental activism.

    Friday, Nov 4 2022 11:51:05pm
  • Marianne Ménard

    I am so deeply sorry for Lydia and Judy. My heart is so very sad. Blad was a very special human.. the world was a better place with him in it. Now, he will watch over this world and make sure it’s a better place now. My deepest condolences to J and L.
    I feel blessed that Emma was able to know him. XXX

    Saturday, Nov 5 2022 3:00:33am
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    Saturday, Nov 5 2022 8:47:35pm
  • Pamela-Jean Shipley

    My sincere condolences Judy and Lydia and to all of the rest of Blad's family. I am so sorry for your loss , my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Tuesday, Nov 15 2022 12:23:02am
  • Pierre Poirier

    Chère Judy, je t'offre mes plus sincères condoléances. Mes pensées sont pour toi et pour tes proches qui sont touchés par cette triste nouvelle.

    Friday, Nov 18 2022 12:44:56pm
  • Joël Bonin

    Dear Judy, family and friends,
    From the first day I met Blad in 1989, I knew nature was in good hands in his vicinity. He was the first to entertain the idea of protecting the magnificent site of the Gulf of Covey Hill. He was generous in showing me the area and was thoughtful about the way to ensure its conservation. I was just beginning my journey with The Nature Conservancy of Canada. I feel blessed to have encountered Blad. My sincere condolences to everyone who have been inspired by Blad.

    Friday, Nov 18 2022 10:54:59pm
  • Micah

    Judi and Lydia, I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to know Blad and count him as a friend. I share your sadness and am so sorry for your loss. As I read these condolences, I’m struck that Blad had an impact on so many…I’m almost positive on everyone he met. I will remember him for, and forever try to emulate, his curiosity about everything, his creativity and problem solving, and his passion for truth. These are things I will try to teach my own children.

    Sunday, Nov 20 2022 2:49:30pm
  • Leo Starrs-Cunningham

    MY deepest condolences to Judy and the family. I met Blad briefly, over a decade ago now, at a difficult time. He was kind and sensitive, and over the years my worldview has changed a lot as a result of the quiet talk we had. He has remained in my thoughts ever since. His tale, and telling, was remarkable.

    Tuesday, Nov 22 2022 5:26:39pm
  • Phil Norton

    The grey drizzly November scene out my window is how I feel as I found Blad's funeral notice. I can hear his bold voice as clearly as when we worked together on various Havelock Community Centre projects and municipal recycling and hikes to The Gulf with scientists. Although I moved away from Havelock in 1993 and from Covey Hill in Franklin 15 years ago, I always think of Blad's film documentary "Edge Of Ice" when I'm hiking the rocky shores of Lake Ontario listening to the Long-tailed ducks during spring break-up. Thoughts and prayers with Judi and Lydia from a former rural neighbour.

    Sunday, Nov 27 2022 6:00:40pm

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