Stanetsky Memorial Chapel

1668 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA


Alan J. Hackel

September 24, 1938January 6, 2020

Alan J. Hackel of Newton entered into rest on January 6, 2020 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Muriel (Gottlieb) Hackel, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. In addition to his dear wife, Muriel, those left to cherish Alan’s memory are his devoted daughters, Stacey Campbell and Ellen Epstein and her husband Matt; and cherished grandchildren, Hailey, Jessica, Myles, Carter, and Brady.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 9 at 12:00 PM at the Chapel at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon.

Shiva will be observed on Thursday, January 9, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the home of Ellen and Matt Epstein.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Alan’s memory may be donated to the Amyloidosis Research Consortium. A special tribute page has been set up on his behalf.

Arrangements under the direction of Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, www.stanetskybrookline.com.


  • Funeral Services Thursday, January 9, 2020


Alan J. Hackel

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January 14, 2020

At Newton H.S. in mid-50s as a colorful football tail-back; Then 1 of my passengers on our long road trips from Newton to & from Bucknell for 3 years: he was always up-beat & enjoyable company. And then a SAM fraternity brother, as we all were somewhat unglued, testing the world, & trying to find our way.
Paul D. Pearson

Alberta Lipson

January 10, 2020

Alan chaired most of our Newton High School, class of '56 reunions. He did a remarkable job . If hadn't risen to the occasion, we might not have had any reunions, at least not as well-planned. I'm grateful to Alan for doing this, since it was always wonderful to see so many of my classmates and I cherish these reunions. We will miss Alan. Alberta Grossman Lipson, NHS '56.

David & Joanna Sachar

January 8, 2020

Alan was a man in full. He single-handedly took it upon himself to be the inspiration, organizer, and driving force behind a half-century of reunions of his class of 1956 at Newton High School. Neither logistical nor financial nor health challenges deterred him in his mission nor dampened his unfailing enthusiasm and good cheer in carrying it out. A cadré of his classmates have kept his tradition alive into 2020, and we shall keep his memory alive in our hearts forever.

—David & Joanna Sachar, NHS ‘56