Obituaries: Hank Bineault

  • by BAR staff
  • Thursday February 1, 2018
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Obituaries: Hank Bineault

June 9, 1932 - January 21, 2018

Hank Bineault, 85, passed away January 21, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

In his 35 years in the recovery community, he was well known for making new people comfortable and sponsoring many on their clean and sober journey. Although he had an acerbic wit that sometimes earned him the nickname "Cranky Hank," he had a very big heart, and was always ready with encouragement and support for anyone having a hard time.

He was an enthusiastic fan of the opera, symphony, and ballet, and as a volunteer, once accompanied the San Francisco Ballet on a tour of Russia.

Born on June 9, 1932, Hank grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts. From 1951 to 1955, he served in the U.S. Navy. After moving to San Francisco, he worked for many years at the Pacific Stock Exchange. He is survived by two sisters, Marie O'Keefe and Linda Oswald; three daughters: Joy, Susan, and Julie; one son, David, and eight grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Saturday, February 17, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the social hall. The church is located at 100 Diamond Street in San Francisco, just south of 18th.