Bernie E. Hanley


Bernie E. Hanley, age 84, of Batavia, died peacefully on Thursday evening, May 7, 2020, at the home of his daughter while under the care of Hospice and his loving family. Bernie was born on Feb. 9, 1936, in Fulton, N.Y., a son of the late Laurence and Mary (Welch) Hanley.

Bernie was a graduate of Batavia High School. He served his country honorably with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s). He was well known in the harness horse racing circuit as an owner/trainer for many years although most would remember Bernie and his wife, Mary Ann, as the owners and operators of Hanley’s Restaurant just across the street from Batavia Downs. As their golden years approached, they moved South to enjoy the sun for close to thirty years before moving back to Batavia to be closer to family. While in Florida, Bernie was a member of the Deland Amvets Post -13 and the Deland Elks Lodge -1463 along with the Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post -332 in Batavia. He will be remembered as a hard-working man who loved his family deeply.

Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Ann (Musshafen) Hanley of Batavia; children, Patrick (Carol) Hanley of Alabama, Elsie (Greg) Lee of Batavia and Dr. Greg (Angela) Hanley of Tennessee; brother, Larry (Mary) Hanley of Akron; 10 cherished grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, Bernie’s Mass of Christian Burial will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions in his memory are suggested to HomeCare & Hospice, 26 Liberty Street, Batavia, NY 14020 or at

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The family of Bernie E. Hanley is being cared for by the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC, 4120 West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020 — (585) 343-7500.

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