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In Memory of Dana Hanson

by The Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina Table Tennis Community

In Memory of Dana Hanson April 29, 1949 – March 29, 2024. Longtime Richmond TTC President dies at 74 years old.

On March 29, 2024, the table tennis community bid farewell to one of its biggest fans, Dana Hanson, who passed away at the age of 74. Dana was not just a player but a cornerstone of VA/MD/NC table Tennis, known for his unwavering dedication and unique approach to the game.

For decades, Dana graced the courts of US Opens and Nationals, leaving an entertaining mark on those who had the pleasure of crossing paddles with him. His sudden departure due to complications from cancer has left a void in the hearts of his inner circle, but his memory will continue to inspire us all.

As the longtime president of the Richmond Table Tennis Club, Dana was a guiding light, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among players of all levels. His warmth and generosity endeared him to everyone he met, and his presence will be sorely missed both on and off the court.

Dana's passion for table tennis extended far beyond his own playing ability. He was a mentor, a friend, and a tireless advocate for the sport, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Whether he was teaching newcomers the basics or assisting with college competitions, Dana's impact was felt far and wide.

While Dana may not have been a top-ranked player in the traditional sense, his contributions to the sport were invaluable. His spirit, his kindness, and his love for the game touched the lives of countless individuals, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire for generations to come.

In honoring Dana's memory, let us remember not only his sidespin serve returns but also the warmth of his smile, the kindness of his heart, and the passion he brought to everything he did. Though he may no longer be with us in body, his spirit will live on in the echoes of every match played in his honor.

Rest in peace, dear Dana. Your paddle may be still, but your legacy will continue to serve as a beacon of light for all who love the game of table tennis. You will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.


Dana's funeral will be on April 17, 2024 at 10:00 am at Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory, 4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231. Interment will be at 2:00 same day at Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia, 10300 Pridesville Road, Amelia, VA 23002

Here is his online funeral site: