Memorial service March 15 for husband of W60 star Rita Hanscom

Judge Dick Hanscom

Judge Dick Hanscom

Our W60 multi-eventer friend Rita Hanscom wasn’t in ABQ this weekend, and for sad reasons. She’s mourning the Feb. 24 death of her husband of 33 years, Richard “Dick” Hanscom, a retired San Diego judge. Dick was 84, but was a serious distance runner when he met Rita during lunchtime runs from the downtown San Diego YMCA. In an obituary I wrote for Times of San Diego, other judges noted his athletic prowess, and Rita told me: “Many times we found ourselves just running together, and I think we figured we probably ran a thousand miles together before we ever went out on a date. So we really got to know each other pretty well.” Sunday, I learned of memorial services for Dick. They are 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the chapel at The Bishop’s School, 7606 La Jolla Blvd., San Diego. Dick didn’t compete in masters track but supported Rita’s track and field dreams. Rita will be back, I’m sure. For now, let’s support her healing process.

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March 6, 2016

16 Responses

  1. Jeff Davison - March 6, 2016

    Prayers for the family

  2. Linn Dunton - March 6, 2016

    We love you Rita and your track family is here supporting you and your family during this time of grieving.

  3. Weia Reinboud - March 7, 2016

    Condolences Rita…

  4. Liz Palmer - March 7, 2016

    Rita, you are in our hearts.

  5. Myrle Mensey - March 7, 2016

    May the fond memories of the time you shared together help comfort you at this difficult time. Prayers and deepest sympathy for you and your family.

  6. Karla Del Grande - March 7, 2016

    Sincere sympathy, Rita, from Al and I. It sounds like he was a wonderful man and a terrific partner for you. You’re in our hearts.

  7. Ute Wolf-Schiruska - March 8, 2016

    My Deepest Condolences Rita

  8. Mary Harada - March 8, 2016

    My sympathy Rita.

  9. Kay Glynn - March 9, 2016

    Rita, I am so sorry to hear this news.

  10. Lisa Daley - March 10, 2016

    Rita, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  11. Robert Baker - March 12, 2016

    Rita, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds like he was a very good man.

  12. Becky Connolly - March 12, 2016

    Rita, I’m so sorry to hear this very sad news. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Bubba Sparks - March 15, 2016

    So sorry for your loss Rita!

  14. Marie Kay - March 15, 2016

    So sorry to hear of your loss, my deepest condolences. You are in my prayers xx

  15. Anja Akkerman - May 12, 2016

    Rita, I only recently heard about the death of your husband – I am so sorry for you…
    Our condolences, our thoughts are with you.

  16. Alma Hanscom - September 24, 2016

    Mrs. Hanscom, You don’t know me but my husband, James N. Hanscom, and your husband were first cousins. I am sorry to hear of his passing. James passed away March 27, 2016. He grew up on a peanut farm in Surry County, VA and often spoke of cousins Dick and Jane who visited them. I have a photo them together taken at the farm. Virginia, John, Mary, and James along with Dick and Jane. I do keep in touch with Jane and she told me of his passing.

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family.

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