Gunnar Milton Hansen

NORTHEAST HARBOR — Gunnar Milton Hansen, 68, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, surrounded by family and dear friends after a short but fierce battle with pancreatic cancer. Gunnar was born March 4, 1947, in Reykjavík, Iceland, to Sigrid Saetersmoen Hansen and Skúli Eggert Hansen. Having moved to the United States in 1952, he lived in Maine until he was 11, then moved to Austin, Texas. He eventually went to the University of Texas, receiving a BA in English and then an MA in both English and Scandinavian Studies. He moved back to Northeast Harbor, Maine, in 1974, where he happily and permanently made his home.

His passions comprised spending time with his close friends and family, excellent conversation, benign complaining, sailing, cooking terrific food, story-telling, the Dallas Cowboys, all things Icelandic, listening to music, discussing the intricacies of the English language (golldurnit), and reading literature of all kinds; he particularly loved to extol the virtues of “Moby Dick.”

Gunnar was well known for many things, but what he wanted to be remembered for most was his writing of documentaries, books, poetry and screenplays. He was a man with a razor sharp wit and a huge, huge heart.

He is survived by his life partner, Betty Tower; his niece and nephews, Kristín Vídalín Hansen, Robert Harald Hansen, Richard Skúli Hansen; and his sister-in-law, Joyce Darling Hansen. He was predeceased by both his parents and his brother, Kristinn Ingi Hansen. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Mount Desert Nursing Association or the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service. A memorial is being planned for a later date.

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