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A Mass of Christian Burial for William Lee Hanley, 96, founder of Hanley Brick Co., inventor and gas producer, was offered Saturday in St. Bernard's Catholic Church.

He was born in Bradford and had lived here most of his life. He had residences in New York City and Greenwich, Conn.

He died Thursday (Dec. 20, 1990) at his home in Palm Beach, Fla.

An inventor and businessman, he was awarded 21 patents and designed and constructed the world's first commercially successful tunnel kiln plant for construction of structural clay products.

In the Bradford area, he was an active member of the Bradford Club, Pennhills Club and the Valley Hunt Club.

He was a of many charitable and civic organizations, including the Boy Scouts and Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Niles Hanley of Palm Beach; a daughter, Marjorie Burrow of Dallas; two sons, William H. Hanley of Ligonier and William Lee Hanley Jr. of Greenwich, Conn.; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Entombment was in the Hanley Mausoleum in St. Bernard's Cemetery.

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