Claude Martin Hanfling
June 27, 1963 – April 3, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Claude Hanfling announces his unexpected passing on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the age of 54. Claude will be forever remembered as a devoted son, loving brother, affectionate uncle and faithful friend to so many.
Claude Martin Hanfling was born on June 27, 1963 in Washington, DC and is the second child of Dr. Carl and Christine (Maurer) Hanfling. Claude was raised in Fairfax, VA where he graduated from WT Woodson High School in 1981. Following high school Claude attended James Madison University. As a child and adolescent Claude was a phenomenal tennis player winning many tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association. He also competed in many national championships achieving a national ranking in the top 50 at the age of 16. Claude played on the varsity tennis team at Woodson High School. He went on to play for the James Madison University tennis team where he was a scholarship athlete and helped the Dukes win the 1984 Colonial Athletic Association title.
Following college Claude was a teaching tennis professional for many years at Mount Vernon Athletic Club in Alexandria, VA where he shared his love of the sport with students who became friends and whom he treated like family. Following his career teaching tennis Claude became a realtor and was held in high regard by his clients and other realtors. He had a passion for helping first time home buyers find the home of their dreams.
In addition to his family and friends, whom he loved dearly, Claude’s next greatest passion was the game of golf. A gifted athlete, he naturally excelled at the sport and took to swinging a golf club with the same finesse with which he swung a tennis racquet.
Claude’s lasting legacy is his love of family and friends, his heart warming smile, his sense of humor, his contagious laughter, his always positive attitude and never ending happiness. Left to cherish his memory are his parents Carl and Christine Hanfling of Springfield, VA; sister Geneva (Joe) Modrak of Rochester, NY; brother Brian (Mary) Hanfling of Alexandria, VA; nephews Max Modrak of Rochester, NY and Thomas Hanfling of Alexandria, VA; niece Colette Modrak of Rochester, NY; several aunts, uncles and cousins; as well as friends far too numerous to mention.
A Celebration of Life will be held in honor of Claude on Saturday, April 14th from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at The Country Club of Fairfax. Claude’s family is grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love, support and prayers. We will all miss Claude greatly and cherish his memory forever.
Claude Martin Hanfling
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April 13, 2018
Dr and Mrs Hanfling, Brian and Geneva, My heart is broken to learn of Claude's death. I will always cherish the memories of the tennis tournaments we attended and the times Claude and Brian stayed with us in Richmond. Douglas, David and Darryl were very fortunate to have known him and to have many great memories.
Janet Campbell Stewart
April 11, 2018
My husband Rob and I knew Claude from JMU. He was a kind sole with never a negative thing to say about anyone. We are truly saddened by his passing. May your memories of Claude help you through this most difficult time. RIP Claude.
April 11, 2018
Dear Dr. and Mrs. Hanfling, Geneva, Joe, Brian and Mary,
It has been very difficult for my family and me to accept that Claude is no longer with us, and his absence has left a void in our hearts. When we think of him, we are reminded of his warmth, authenticity, joyful spontaneity and gregarious nature. He enjoyed meeting and interacting with a diversity of people, and he treated them all with respect and kindness. It didn’t matter if they didn’t share his same interests or his ease and exuberance. On behalf of my parents, Olmedo and Elsa, and my brothers, Luis and Olmedo Ivan, we will miss Claude and forever appreciate all he gave us.
With love at this sad time,
~Maria Cristina Villavicencio
April 8, 2018
Claude and I played alot of tennis during high school, but there was one particular day that showed me his competitive spirit. In the spring of 1979, our team was in a state semifinals, and the match started with all of our six singles players losing the first set. Claude rallied all of us, telling us to play to win, and stop the whining. And we did. Each of us came back to win in three sets. It was all due to Claude. He had a fantastic fighting spirit, and that day he shared it with all of us.
April 8, 2018
Dr. and Mrs. Hanfling, Geneva and Brian –
This is surreal to me; so I can’t even comprehend what you are thinking, feeling – going through. I hope you find some solace in the outpouring of love his friends – from near and far, past and present – are sharing. I think of Claude so often! Whether I am putting on a piece of beautiful jewelry he so generously gave me when we dated; or a song comes on and I remember he and Al doing “who can ‘name that tune’ faster” . So many other silly and fun and very happy memories! That I will cherish, forever. Given to me by a larger than life man. One who made everyone – everyone who was lucky enough to know him – smile and laugh. They take the good ones way too early ... I think Heaven decided we were lucky enough to have him and it is their time to enjoy and love him. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Claude was so very kind and wonderful to me. I miss him. Marita.
April 8, 2018
Dear Dr. & Mrs. Hanfling, Geneva and Brian,
I am so sorry for your incredible loss. Claude was one of the kindest and happiest souls I’ve ever known. Anytime his name ever came up, one couldn’t help but, smile as his infectious laugh would always light up the room. I remember when we lived in Annandale (back in the mid 60’s), when Geneva, Michelle, Claude, Brian and I used to attend Ms. Jenny’s preschool. I’m not sure if it was Claude or I that spent the most time having to stand in the corner but, I know it never stopped him from being one of the kindest and most outgoing individual I’ve even known. He will be sadly missed by all the people he touched and were lucky enough to have known him.
On behalf of Michelle, Mom and myself, we have you in our thoughts and prayers,
April 7, 2018
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hanfling, Geneva and Brian-
I can not even begin to imagine the sorrow you must be feeling from the loss of Claude. There are many old and new friends that will be mourning his passing as well. He was a gentle soul with a great smile and a stretched out hand to greet you. (Followed by a hug) Claude and I have been friends for over fifty years. He will be dearly missed.
My Deepest Sympathies,