Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Home - West Branch

20 Seventh Street West, Cornwall, ON


Virginia Hanson (née Day)

14 January, 192917 January, 2020

HANSON, VIRGINIA ANN (nee DAY) - of Cornwall, Ontario (formerly of Big Oak Morgan Horse Farm, Lunenburg, Ontario) age 91 years. Born January 14, 1929 in Newton, Massachusetts. Survived by her son Calvin Hanson of Cornwall. Predeceased in 2009 by her husband of 60 years, the late Merton (Bud) Hanson, retired resident civil engineer with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Cornwall. Virginia graduated June 1947 from Newton High School in Newton, Massachusetts, and was valedictorian. She graduated from Academie Moderne Modeling School in Boston, Massachusetts December 1947; and also attended Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington DC majoring in Art and English. Virginia channeled her love of nature and animals into her paintings, artwork, and writings of poetry and stories. Virginia loved horses and in the equestrian sport she was an avid horsewoman throughout her lifetime. Virginia started riding horseback at age 10, also riding in the Newton High School equestrian club program, and with private equestrian establishments in Massachusetts perfecting both saddle seat and hunter seat equestrian riding. In her youth, she rode American Saddlebreds and hunters winning awards at horse shows. Decades later Virginia, Bud, and Calvin became heavily involved in the equestrian sport in the 1960s while residing in Cornwall. To accommodate the growing number of horses they acquired, a 200-acre farm was purchased in Lunenburg in 1967 which quickly earned a national and international reputation as the highly successful Big Oak Morgan Horse Farm where Champion registered Morgan horses were bred, raised, trained, exhibited, and sold. Horses became a full-time commitment for Virginia, and as a horse breeder for four decades her contributions continue to have a significant influence on the Morgan breed today. Virginia had a very special talent for selecting and matching key bloodlines that would ultimately produce Champion caliber foals. Two Champion Morgan stallions spearheaded the farm's breeding program: Waseeka's Serenade and Big Oak Black Tie, the latter was bred by Virginia. Virginia was exceedingly proud that offspring from the farm won and or produced Champions at the world, grand national, international, regional, state, and provincial shows. She was also proud that Morgan horses carrying the Hanson-bred bloodline have claimed 77 World Championships and Reserves. Showing Morgans was a family affair exhibiting throughout Ontario, Quebec, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Virginia won her share of awards including Grand Champion Morgan Pleasure Horse with the Ontario Morgan Horse Club in 1969 with her beloved Morgan mare Dancette. In addition, Virginia enjoyed summer vacationing in Maine and at the cottage on Island 17 in Long Sault, Ontario. She had a flair for growing flowers and vegetables in her many gardens; and she adored her St. Bernard dogs Bruno and Juno. Very special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff of the Cornwall Community Hospital, and the ambulance service personnel for the excellent care provided.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to LAHAIE & SULLIVAN CORNWALL FUNERAL HOMES LIMITED, 20 Seventh St. West, Cornwall, Ontario (613) 932-8482. Funeral private.


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Julia Meldrum Smith

January 25, 2020

Dear Calvin, What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful mother. Please accept my condolences for this enormous loss.

lise levasseur

January 24, 2020

Cal, I'm so sorry for your loss. The loss of someone dear to us is never easy. I hope all the cherished memories that you have of your mom brings you some light during this dark time. My deepest condolences."

Catherine Sampson

January 23, 2020

My deepest sympathy Calvin on the loss of your mother. Our hearts go out to you and your family from Bob and me at Trillium Morgan Horse Farm.

Anita Jackson

January 23, 2020

Sorry to here of the passing of your mom- our deepest condolences.
She was a very gracious and kind lady.
Big Oak Nimbus King was a great influence in the Baronial breeding program.
- Anita

Kim Beaton

January 23, 2020

Our sincere condolences to Calvin

René Carriere

January 20, 2020

Our mothers were recently together in the same room at the hospital.
I’m sorry to hear of her passing and send our deepest sympathy.
My mom Edna Carriere died the very same day and it seems of comparable complications.
I found strength and comfort in our conversations while caring for our moms.
I appreciate your assistance in helping my mom as I’m sure you felt the same when your mom and I interacted. She seemed like a very special lady.
Be strong my new found friend and perhaps our paths will cross again
René Carriere