Kirk Francis Hansen
May 14, 1955 – October 8, 2021
Kirk F. Hansen May 14, 1955 – October 8, 2021
Kirk was born on May 14, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois to James and Mary Louise Hansen. Kirk had a positive personality a passion for family, friends, and living life to the fullest.
Kirk proudly graduated from Carl Sandburg High School, Indiana University School of Business, and a MBA from Keller School of Business. Kirk enjoyed a prosperous financial career as Executive Vice President, and CFO/COO of a multi-bank Chicago based holding company, President of a Chicago private investment management firm, First Vice President & Trust Investments at SunTrust South Florida, and Vice President Wealth Management at Northern Trust for over 20 years.
A lifelong Chicago Sports Fan, Kirk has special place in his heart for the Chicago Cubs where he met loving wife Cathy. Every time they went to Chicago, the highlight of the trip was going to Wrigley Field to sit in the Wrigley bleachers (to where they first met over a spilt beer) with family and friends, especially on their 25th Anniversary.
Kirk’s greatest achievement was his children Maribridget and Kirk, and his grandchildren Riley, Morgan and Aiden. He loved coaching them in various sports and cheering them on as they participated through high school state competitions. Although always excelling at work, he was committed to being at and/or participating at all levels (whether it be coaching, filming, or driving the children and their friends around). Kirk was a true Benjamin Buccaneer at heart.
Kirk was a warrior who chose to live life and not let cancer define him. He battled 7 different cancers over the span of 16.5 years and you wouldn’t know it by his demeanor or outlook on life. He chose optimism, laughter, and of course, food to boost his morale which was vital to his successful and complex medical rollercoaster journey.
Kirk is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cathryn; daughter Maribridget (Anthony) Pisano, son Kirk W. C. Hansen; grandchildren Riley Higgins, Morgan Pisano, Aiden Pisano; grand doggies Scrappy and Jameson.
Son of the late James and late Mary Louise Hansen; dear brother of the late James Jr. Hansen (Patricia), Scott Hansen (Karen), Mary Previs (the late Craig), Claudia Pierson; and his in-laws: Mary Britton and the late Franklin Sweeney; brother in-laws Frank (Karen) Sweeney, Phil Sweeney, the late Brian Sweeney, Patrick (Elizabeth) Sweeney, Brendan (Amy) Sweeney, and sister in-law Maureen Sweeney. Kirk is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will be hosting a wake in Kirk's honor at Aycock-Riverside Funeral Center, Jupiter Florida on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 4pm – 7pm. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 9am.
"In lieu of gifts and flowers, please consider donating to the Tampa General Hospital Foundation in memory of Kirk F. Hansen. Contributions can be made online by visiting tgh.org/make-gift and completing the online giving form. Please choose “Oncology Program” in the drop down menu and check the box for In Memory Of to enter Kirk F. Hansen. You may also mail donations to Tampa General Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1289, Tampa, FL 33601-1289. Please make checks payable to “The TGH Foundation” and include Kirk F. Hansen in the memo line.”
Celebration of Life
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center
Kirk Francis Hansen
October 14, 2021
When I first moved to Florida and began my career at Northern Trust 20 years ago, I met Kirk and we hit it off immediately. His positivity and sense of humor were contagious. Originating from Chicagoland himself, he reminded me of everything missed about the area. We often chatted about the Cubbies, da Bears, and da Bulls. We shared a love of “fine” Chicago cuisine, like an Italian beef sandwich, deep dish pizza, or Chicago-style hotdog with sport peppers, of course.
Over time, I got to know Kirk and his family better through our poker nights and countless conversations over my years in Florida. Even after leaving there 14 years ago, I am happy to have grown our friendship to what it is today. We kept in touch frequently with calls, visits, and endless number of food pictures to make each other jealous of what’s on the menu. I even looked forward to him harassing me about getting my football picks in or purchasing my share of the lottery tickets.
What I will cherish the most though, were the times I got to know the man he really was under the surface. Through those conversations, I learned that not only was this a guy who was congenial on the surface, but that this positivity and love for life, his family, and friends was rooted deep into his core. He quietly and privately fought for it every day, always with a smile on his face. I believe this is what had sustained him through every battle he faced until the end. He was a fighter and the strongest man I’ve known. I will miss him.
Cathy, as strong as Kirk was, you are even stronger. I know he would agree. My friend could not have had a better person in his corner through this fight. Thank you for caring for him. Kirk Jr. and Maribridget, nothing made your Dad light up more than talking about you two and the grandkids. He was forever proud of the things you’ve accomplished and most importantly the people you’ve become. You will always be family to us.
Kirky -- Love you, man!
October 13, 2021
Shared many good times back in the Benjamin School days. My favorites were the basketball games (not sure if he would agree :-) Inevitably, all things come to an end; and Kirk's came too soon. But I don't think anyone could pack more into 66 years than he did. RIP my friend.
October 13, 2021
My family has known Kirk for many years, he will be greatly missed! May all your memories sustain you and your families in the future.
Margaret Clarke and Family.
October 12, 2021
To Kirk’s Family,
We express our sympathy to all the Hansen family. Our family knew Kirk for many years during his time at Northern Trust. He will be sadly missed.
Patricia Hauben, Laurie Meacham and Jeri Goetz
October 11, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Kirk for many years. His professional manner and kindness for fellow workers and clients endeared him with everyone. He was a valued friend who will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him. Well done, Kirk!!
Bonnie &Rick Alvarez
October 10, 2021
The picture IS our dear friend Kirk, loving some fine ( or not so fine) dining! But always smiling, eating a juicy steak or a delicious Dean dog at spring training.
Kirk began as a professional relationship with us, but evolved to being a true friend. Our hearts are with you Cathy, and family, and all of us who loved Kirk! He is already missed!!!