Brian M. Hansley “Bear”, 65

Brian M. Hansley “Bear”, 65, of Bechtelsville, husband of Marlene Fay (Gimont) Hansley, passed away Friday July 21, 2023 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest.

Born in Pottstown, he was the son of the late Andrew and Margaret (Moyer) Hansley.

Brian was given the nickname “Bear” when he was young and it stuck ever since. He enjoyed gardening, camping, hunting, bowling, softball, street hockey, and going to his cabin in the Poconos. He was active in his children’s lives and coached their baseball teams. Bear was a member of New Hanover Lutheran Church and a life member of the NRA. He made many friends while working at Passmore. He was a loving husband, father, and Pop who will be dearly missed.

Surviving along with his wife are his sons Brian Hansley Jr. husband of Ariel and Eric Hansley; grandchildren Madison and Carolina Hansley; brothers Andrew Hansley and Bret Hansley husband of Missy; sisters Brenda Miller wife of Craig and Beth High wife of Keith; brother-in-law Stan Gimont husband of Rachel; sister-in-law Carol Hansley; nieces and nephews Dillon, Bruce, Andrew, Douglas, Shane, Travis, Austin, Donna, Nikki, Heather, Amber, Shannon, Devin, and Sarah; several cousins; and many others who affectionately referred to him at “Uncle”.

Along with his parents, Brian was predeceased by his brother Bart Hansley; sisters Melanie and Beverly Hansley; and nephews Daulton, Craig Jr., and Bret Jr.

A memorial service will be held Saturday August 5, 2023 at 12:00 PM at New Hanover Lutheran Church, 2941 Lutheran Rd., Gilbertsville, PA 19525. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:45 AM at the church. A celebration of life for family and friends will be held from 3:00-7:00 PM at Friendship Hook & Ladder Fire Co., 10 Warwick St., Boyertown, PA 19512.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The J-Walkers, care of Jim & Diane Davidheiser, 96 Cricket Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512. Brian and Marlene enjoyed volunteering for over 15 years for the J-Walkers to assist raising money for individuals and families in need.

Add My Condolences

Marlene, Brian, and Eric, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It has been so long but I’ll always remember Bear as such a gentle giant, to a kid he was so imposing but he such a nice man. My heart felt condolences go out to you guys.

~ Chase Kulp
8/4/2023 8:47:49 PM

Marlene and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Brian's passing. We pray that you will experience God's comfort as you walk out this difficult journey.
Ron and Barb Christman

~ Ron and Barb Christman Gilbertsville, PA
8/3/2023 4:23:12 PM

After all this time, it still doesn't
seem real. Bear has been in & out of our lives for over 30 years. We recently reconnected when we joined the Grim Group campers. We will never forget his love for camping & making sure everyone had a drink! He will remain fondly in our memories ?

~ Mike & Sue Nester
8/3/2023 9:59:02 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry to hear of Brians passing. He will live forever in your memories.

~ Russel & Marilyn Garber Seaford, DE
7/31/2023 7:15:40 PM

Marlene and family,
We just learned of Brian's passing this morning. We are praying for your comfort in your loss.
Such fond memories of Brian taking Marlene and myself back to Nursing School on a Sunday evening.
Remembering Brian as he worked for Passmore and his friendly and kind words as he picked up equipment to be serviced. He will be missed by all those you were fortunate of enough to have crossed paths with him in this life.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted... Psalm 34:18 NIV
With Heartfelt Sympathy And Prayers,
Rick and Diane Saylor

~ Diane Saylor
7/30/2023 11:43:23 AM

To the Hansley Family,
I spent many days and nights playing softball with Bear! Couldn't ask for a better teammate or friend! May he rest in peace! My condolences!

~ Dave "Rump" Fridinger
7/28/2023 10:21:21 PM

Heartfelt sympathy to the family.
My husband also worded with him. And I worked at the store aside of his work.
Always a kind man.
So very sorry

~ Sharon Bechtelsville, Pa
7/28/2023 6:20:34 PM

So sorry for your great loss. I worked with Brian at R&R Garber. Most times drilling wells or in the quarry. Most times I would see him was getting gas at Gift oil and we would always spend time talking about times past and future. It just won’t be the same seeing the Passmore truck pass and not waving to Brian. My prayers are with you and your family.

~ Philip DeFrain New Berlinville, PA
7/28/2023 5:01:20 PM

Marlene, Brian jr. Eric and family,
We were all heartbroken when we heard about Brian. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless, Shirley, Jen and Jason

~ Shirley Hartman
7/28/2023 4:33:09 PM

Brian will be missed by so many family and friends. My cousin had a kind and loving heart. To me I thought of him as a very quiet person. I love you Brian and you will always miss you. ?? Cousin Beverly

~ Beverly Rood Bear Creek Twp, PA
7/28/2023 9:52:30 AM

Marlene and family, we are so very sorry for this terrible tragedy! Prayers to everyone, take care!

~ Sandy and Bruce Moser
7/28/2023 8:47:43 AM

Marlene and Family,

There are no words. We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you all in our prayers.

~ Nancy and Doug Yocom
7/28/2023 8:32:04 AM

So sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Sending wishes of peace to you and your family.

~ Sandy Minnick
7/28/2023 8:04:48 AM

Marlene & Family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing . I’m sending you thoughts & prayers at this very difficult time .

~ Kati Artis
7/28/2023 6:31:52 AM

Marlene, Brian Jr., Eric,and family,
I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. I will always remember our trip to Disney and the fun we had. May God grant you comfort and peace. Connie

~ Connie Kauffman
7/28/2023 12:40:16 AM

Marlene, Brian Jr., and Eric. I cannot express how very sorry I am for your loss. I always enjoyed all of us heading for the mountains, they were the good days.. Let peace be with you all. And Brian RIP Love you, Carol H. ???? ??????

~ Carol Hansley
7/27/2023 9:37:12 PM

I’m so sorry for your lost. I worked with Brian at Garber.

~ Gregory Herbst Boyertown, PA
7/27/2023 6:41:00 PM

We were fortunate to meet in the late 1990s when our sons played soccer together. We’ve been blessed with your friendship since then. We have memories we will always treasure. We love you.

~ Jim & Diane
7/27/2023 6:02:49 PM

Marlene and family my heart goes out to you. I remember Brian as a very caring man when our kids played baseball!

~ Brenda Weil
7/27/2023 4:17:39 PM