Christopher Wendell Hanna

September 10, 1959November 23, 2018

Obituary for Christopher Wendell Hanna September 10, 1959 – November 23, 2018

Christopher Hanna was a long time resident of the Bay Area. From Kansas, Christopher’s family moved to Mill Valley in 1969. After a number of years in southern California attending college and launching his career, Christopher moved back to San Francisco where he settled permanently. He participated actively in the San Francisco gay community’s cultural and political causes and concerns. He became a valued sponsor and leader in the Castro’s AA community, with whom he spent his last day at a potluck before departing us all on Thanksgiving evening.

Chris made the decision to leave this life after many years of living with heart disease, HIV, asthma and chronic pain. He’d had twelve heart attacks and over thirty heart procedures. It was a testament to his strength and determination that he lived a productive life until age 59.

Christopher worked as a recruiter in the technology sector and rose to become a senior executive in the industry until his health required him to go out on disability.

Chris was an avid sports fan. One of his last outings was to attend a Giants/Dodgers game, for the first time. The journey to a crowded baseball stadium in his condition was courageous and risky. But he was determined. Despite his heart disease he had a huge heart (pun intended) and was grateful and generous with his good friends and will be deeply missed by his family, extended family and the community to whom he contributed so much.

He is survived by his Mother Patricia, Brothers Thomas, Joe and Sister Linda.


Christopher Wendell Hanna

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Tina Lord

December 21, 2018

I met Christoher at the cardio rehab center some years ago and we found out that Christoher and I lived near each other . We would occasionally see each other at the local market and it
was always an enjoyable event!
We ran into each other again just before Thanksgiving 2018 and promised to go to a Giants game in the following season.
He was a delightful human being; I will miss him very much.
Tina Lord