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Star of the Sea remembers longtime principal Terry Hanley

September 14, 2017

20 Hanely THUMBFriends, family and associates filled Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco on Sept. 8 to remember longtime parish school principal Terrence Hanley, who died Sept. 5 at age 63.

School chaplain Father Vito Perrone, who gave the homily at the funeral Mass, told Catholic San Francisco in an email that “Terry was a true Catholic educator who devoted over 40 years to the highest education: teaching kids about God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

Father Perrone said “Terry’s heart was so big that it held not only God, but his wife Sandra, his children Mike and Kelly, his grandson Emmett and also all the teachers, staff, children and families” at the school and parish.

“When I asked all the children why they loved Mr. Hanley, they all replied: ‘Because he loved us,’” Father Perrone said.

Parish administrator Father Joseph Illo, in a statement through the archdiocese, said, “The parish and school of Star of the Sea laments the passing of our beloved principal of 13 years, Mr. Terrence Hanley. Terry provided a wonderful mix of humor, leadership, and love for students, parents and staff that has made of our school a vibrant community. Our heartfelt prayers go out to his wife and children; may he rest in peace.”

In a Facebook post, Sive McDermott Kavanaugh called Terry “a wonderful leader, gentle and kind with kids and adults alike. My boys will miss giving him high-fives and admiring his funny ties every a.m. in the schoolyard, and his amazing support and guidance. Just last week he told my son ‘you don’t have to be perfect, no one is perfect, but you do need to try hard’ and that advice will linger with him for many years to come. “

Len Edora said in a Facebook post that Terry was his eighth-grade teacher at St. Veronica School. “There was a hot lunch item I would buy every Monday and it was called “Hanley Special,” which consist(ed) of tortilla chips, chili and nacho cheese.”

A San Francisco native, Terrence Hanley attended Holy Name Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree and educational credential at the University of San Francisco and his master’s degree at San Francisco State University.

A lifelong educator, he taught at Town School for Boys, St. Philip Grammar School, St. Veronica Grammar School and Archbishop Riordan High School. He served as principal of St. Charles Grammar School and St. Emydius schools before his appointment to Star of the Sea.

He is survived by his wife Sandra Carrillo; daughter Kelly; son Mike; daughter-in-law Allison; grandson Emmett; and stepson Robert. He is also survived by his brother Kevin (Sue) Hanley; and sisters Maureen Malley, Ellen (Lou Lopez) Hanley and Carol (Jeremy Butler) Hanley.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Terry’s name to Holy Name Elementary School, Sacred Heart High School or the University of San Francisco.

The parish has created a memorial website at http://starparish.com/terry/.

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