RIP Former President Aline Hanson passed away at her home Relatives confirmed French St
MARIGOT–Former Territorial Council President Aline Hanson passed away at home Thursday evening, surrounded by family, after succumbing to a long illness. She was 68.
Hanson’s fortitude surprised many when she decided to run for re-election, but her party “Let’s Continue for St. Martin” did not make it to the second round.
Hanson was raised in Cripple Gate by her mother, a baker, and her carpenter father. Much of her early schooling was in Guadeloupe. She began her teaching career in 1974 before becoming Director of the Sandy Ground Elementary School from 1991 to 2014, now called the Aline Hanson School, which became affiliated to UNESCO in 2010 under her direction.
She was very involved in community life, culture and the youth. From 1984 to 2014 she was President of the Sandy Ground Cultural Centre. She spent several years in politics under former Mayor Albert Fleming and in the Opposition during Louis-Constant Fleming’s mandate in 2007. In 2003 she was part of the team preparing for the new status for St. Martin.
She was elected First Vice-President in 2012 in the Triple R party before taking over from Alain Richardson, who had to step down after being sanctioned by the State for campaign irregularities.
She has been decorated twice with distinguished awards: Palmes du Benevolat in 2011 and Chevalier de L’Ordre Nationale du Merit in 2014.
Triple R party former President René-Jean Duret, said she was hugely respected by the local population and very close to the people.
“She was a good-hearted woman who managed the Collectivité with firmness to carry out her mandate despite the constraints,” he said last night. “May her soul rest in peace; with thoughts of love, respect and gratitude from the people of St. Martin.”
MARIGOT Late Thursday night former President Aline Hanson passed away at her Pic Pardis home.
It was obvious during the March COM elections that the former President was not doing too well.
It is suggested that she was warned to slow down, and had to travel abroad for further medical treatment.
She began during the reign of former Mayor Albert Fleming.
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During the March COM elections, it was evident that the then President was ailing yet she went against the advice of her doctors to perform her civic duty to oversee the first round of the Territorial Elections. But by the second round the then President had to travel overseas for medical treatment.
Former President Aline Hanson was no stranger to politics she began her political life under the leadership of former Mayor Albert Fleming about 30 years ago, she served her country as a council member, territorial councilor, and President. Besides being a politician the former President was a teacher and also the Principal of the Sandy Ground Primary School. SMN News team extends its deepest condolences to the children, siblings and other relatives of the late Aline Hanson.
BREAKING NEWS Former President Aline Hanson passed away at her home Relatives confirmed French St Martin