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Roger Hannay

Roger Hannay: Veteran of Industry and Humanity

Roger A. Hannay will be remembered as a veteran in several senses of the word. In the industry sense, he devoted more than 50 years to the business his grandfather Clifford started: Hannay Reels, a manufacturer of hose and cable reels. But before that, and after receiving his B.A. from Wheaton College in 1963, and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1964, he served as a lieutenant in Vietnam. Both of those experiences helped shape the person his friends and family knew and loved and said goodbye to Feb. 26, 2018. On that day Hannay passed away at the age of 75.

He was born in Catskill, N.Y., to George and Emma Hannay on March 28, 1942. After completing his military service and beginning his career at his grandfather’s company, Hannay held several positions until becoming CEO of Hannay Reels in 1990. He served in that role for the next 22 years, then continued serving as chairman of the board until his passing. During his more than half-century of service, he led the company to numerous innovations in its product lines and manufacturing techniques, and testified before Congress and the N.Y. State Legislature on several issues related to taxes and regulations that directly affect small family businesses. Hannay was also active in many community, family, religious, and business organizations, serving on several boards.


A particular passion, given his military service, was the welfare of U.S. veterans. He was a founding member of UMAC (Unified Military Affairs Council), which champions the Capital Region’s military facilities, and a strong supporter of Veterans Miracle Center, an organization that provides free goods and services to any veteran in need.

Memorial donations may be made to one of the following organizations: Capital City Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 1999, Albany, NY, 12201; Capital District Youth for Christ, P.O. Box 443, Clifton Park, NY, 12065; The Pocket Testament League, P.O. Box 800, Lititz, PA, 17543; or Veterans Miracle Center, 10 Interstate Ave., Albany, NY, 12205. Condolence page at

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