We sadly announce the passing of Eric Peter Hanson, our beloved husband and father, who courageously fought against multiple myeloma for three years. Eric was born on September 27, 1950, and peacefully left this world on October 22, 2023. He is survived by his adoring wife Leah (née Martyniuk), his daughters Robyn and Erin, as well as his sisters Susanne Robertson, Janet Redford (Stephen), and their families. He also leaves behind his dear brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as nieces and nephews from the Martyniuk side of the family.

Eric was born in Vancouver at St. Paul’s Hospital to Carl and Ronnie Hanson. He spent his entire life in Richmond, with the last 48 years residing in Steveston. An exceptionally bright student, he dedicated his career to the field of education. Eric diligently served as a high school teacher in Richmond for 33 years before retiring and becoming an instructor for student teachers at the University of British Columbia. His passion for teaching was ignited during a transformative exchange program in Adelaide, Australia in 1978, which also sparked his enthusiasm for the world of wine. Over the years, Eric shared his knowledge of wine education throughout the city, leaving a lasting impact.

Curiosity about the world was instilled in Eric from a young age, and he eagerly shared this curiosity with others. He found joy in various passions, including music, literature, science, travel, painting, nature, cooking, and, of course, wine. Eric was known for his selflessness and actively volunteered his time, particularly at St. Alban’s Church. He also pursued a hobby in radio broadcasting at C-ISL Radio. Despite his many interests, spending time with his loving wife and cherished daughters was his greatest joy.

Throughout his life, Eric taught those around him to appreciate the magic in each day. His absence is deeply felt by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service to honor Eric will take place on November 11, 2023, at 2 p.m. at the Richmond Funeral Home, located at 8420 Cambie Road in Richmond, BC. Donations in memory of Eric can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation, a cause close to his heart.

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