Winston "Wink" Hanks, a 64 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2012 in his home. Born in Shelby, Mississippi, Wink was 83 when he died. Wink had served in the Navy and was a member of St. James Catholic Church. Wink graduated from Redondo Union HS and Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as a draftsman for Midland Rubber and later as an engineer at Shell Chemical and Shell Oil. Wink loved to travel and take his family to the beach. He loved to play tennis and golf. A passionate football fan and usher for the LA Rams, USC Trojans, and UCLA Bruins.Wink had a quick wit, a great sense of humor, and strong family values. He will be missed by all that knew him. Wink is survived and loved by his wife, Rosemary Hanks, his sister Abbie Evans and seven children, Mark Hanks, Sandra Seapy, Michael Hanks, Father Gregory Hanks, Toni Pearson, Cheryl Hanks, and Tracey Sarkisian, and his seventeen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: parents , Abbie and Robert Hanks. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with the Rosary being recited at 4:00 p.m. The Service will be held at St. James Catholic Church Monday, January 23, 2012 at 10:00 am with a reception in St. James Kavenaugh Hall from 11:30 am until 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Vincent De Paul at

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  1. Rosemary, Toni & family-On behalf of my mom, Kay McClain, and my family I want to offer our condolences for the passing of dear Wink. I have such fond memories of him. He was a gentle, kind and fun-loving man and great friend of my folks. May his memories give you comfort and peace and may our Lord wrap his loving arms around him. God Bless you Wink.

  2. Mike & Family – Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. ” May Irish Eyes Smile Upon Him “

  3. Our hearts are breaking for all of you. We will miss our dearest Uncle Wink, always so loving to us. May God bless all of you during this sad time. Love, Jo Lynn and Lynn Homertgen

  4. My deepest sympathy to Fr. Gregory and his entire family. I am certain that everyone at St. Mary Church feel the same sadness at this loss.

  5. Dear Rosemary and family–I have some fond childhood memories of Wink when I visited Grandfather Hanks in Mississippi in1942. I was 8 years old. Wink was a teenager. He gave up an evening with his friends to take me to the movies. He was so kind and generous. My wife and I remember a more recent time with you and the family in Arizona which was so good. We were so sorry to hear of Wink’s passing. May God be your strength and comfort. Tom

  6. Dear Father Gregory, We are so sorry to hear about your father. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. God Bless, The Benavides Family

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Winston Hanks. May he rest in peace and may God our Father welcome him into His presence.

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