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William A. “Bill” Hans

COLONIE – William A. Hans, 71, of Colonie, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  Bill was born in Albany, and lived for a time in California.  Prior to returning to Albany, he devoted himself to his timber interests in the northwest.

Bill is survived by his daughters Molly Rose Hans of Port Townsend, WA, and Lily Elizabeth Hans of Charlotte, NC; his former wife Melissa Finney of Port Townsend, WA; his siblings Kathleen Katz (Stan) of Saratoga Springs, Michael J. Hans (Brenda) of Mt. Pleasant, TX, Therese Louis (Eric) of North Chelmsford, MA and Patricia Murdock (Jack) of Stephentown; and his nieces and nephews Mathew, Brendan, Conor, and Helene Hans; Michael, Katherine, and Emily Louis; and Margaret, Erin ,William, and Anna Murdock.  Bill was predeceased by his parents William C. Hans, Jr. and R. Helene Crowley Hans; and by his beloved dog Hannah Hans.

At Bill’s request, there will be no services.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit

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