The life of Sag Harbor resident Paul Hansen was celebrated this week at a handful of events hosted to keep his memory alive, including a gathering at the annual Mimosa Monday celebration at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack held to kickstart the Paul Project.
Family and friends of Paul Hansen gathered at Long Beach Thursday afternoon to bid farewell to the beloved husband, father, friend and real estate agent at a ceremony aimed at celebrating Mr. Hansen’s love of the water. Mr. Hansen’s sons, Hunter and Austin, paddled out with a wreath in honor of their father, at the afternoon ceremony.
Maryann and Bob Lucas look out at friends and family paddled out during the celebration. Friends and family paid their respects in the water and on the beach.
Prior to the beachside memorial, friends and family paid their respects to Mr. Hansen in a formal service at St. Andrew’s Church in Sag Harbor. On Monday, Mr. Hansen’s family and friends gathered again at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack to kickstart a fundraising effort, the Paul Project or Tell Me a Story About Paul, which will commemorate Mr. Hansen with stories, and also serve as a fundraising tool for Mr. Hansen’s children.
Kurt Leggard donated his time, and drone, towards the effort, capturing revelers spelling out Mr. Hansen’s name and making a heart. To contribute to Tell Me a Story about Paul, email TellmeAStoryaboutPaul@gmail.com. To make a donation to benefit Hunter and Austin Hansen, mail checks to the attention of Tara Fordham at the Bridgehampton National Bank, P.O. Box 70, Sag Harbor, NY, 11963.