J. Willard Hasson
J. Willard Hasson, a retired Pennsylvania Railroad conductor and lifelong Perryville resident, died Wednesday at his home of cancer. He was 82.
Known as "Dutch," Mr. Hasson, the son of a railroad dispatcher, retired in the late 1960s from the railroad, where he had been a passenger conductor for nearly 40 years.
"He liked the railroad and worked the Washington to New York run aboard such trains as the Congressional, Senator and the Metroliners," said his sister, Kathryn Boulden of Perryville.
Mr. Hasson owned and managed several properties in Perryville, where he was born.
"He liked keeping an eye on Perryville, in which he took great pride," said his son, Craig A. Hasson of Columbia. Mr. Hasson was known for his kindness. "If his tenants couldn't pay the rent, he'd tell them to forget it and pay him when they could," his son said. "He just couldn't bring himself to be a hard-nosed businessman."
Mr. Hasson graduated in 1932 from the Jacob Tome Institute. He also was a member of the Perryville United Methodist Church. In 1942, he married Madelene Owens, who died in 1970.
Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at Patterson Funeral Home, Route 222, Perryville.
Other survivors include two grandchildren and a friend, Laura E. Foley of Perryville.
Memorial donations may be made to Perryville United Methodist Church, c/o Patterson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 188, Perryville 21903-0188.