One Of Canada’s Most Highly Respected Photojournalists
Vanier College alumnus Tom Hanson went on from his time here at Vanier in 1985 to further studies at Concordia University. He began freelancing with Canadian Press in 1989 and then in 1992 he was added to Ottawa’s small roster of full-time staff. In 2002, Hanson was named Photographer of the Year by a jury of his peers. After the arrival of the news of his unexpected death, a steady stream of accolades began to pour in. “It’s safe to say Tom Hanson was our best photographer, period,” said Frank Gunn, a Canadian Press photographer based in Toronto. “I’ve been asked that question before, and that’s how I answered it.”
Tom’s accomplishments were acknowledged in the Canadian House of Commons the day after his death.
“Tom was a talented photojournalist who distinguished himself both by the quality of his work and his character,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the House of Commons in a statement on that day.
“Through his photos, Tom helped to chronicle our story as Canadians. Whether it was a defining moment on the campaign trail, the shy smile of an Afghan child or the triumph of a Grey Cup victory, Tom had a unique ability to capture the essence of whatever he was photographing.”
Harper’s comments were greeted with a thunderous ovation in the Commons.
Obituary Tom Hanson Canadian Press
Suddenly, in Ottawa, Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Tom Hanson age forty-one. Loving husband of Catherine (nee Marshall). Beloved son of Heide Kaspar-Glorieux (Francis Glorieux). Cherished brother of Chris (Hendrika), Renate and Sonya. Adored son-in-law of Dave and Lorraine Marshall. Admired brother-in-law of Janice Marshall. Fondly remembered by his family in Vienna, Austria. Dearly missed by his second family at the Canadian Press. Friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, 2313 Carling Avenue (Ottawa) Saturday, March 14, 2009 and Sunday, March 15, 2009 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral on Monday, March 16, 2009 at the Blessed Sacrament Church for Mass of Christian Funeral at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, In Memoriam donations to the Tom Hanson Scholarship Fund appreciated. Kelly Funeral Home Carling Chapel (613) 828-2313
- You can view an online slide show of some of Tom Hanson’s best work
- Read a Canadian Press article about Tom
- A tribute from the Montreal Gazette featuring many of Tom’s iconic photographs
In a strange twist of fate, Tom died on the exact same day as one of his most famous subjects.