Norman J. Han, 50, of Hopkinton passed away from esophageal cancer on Nov. 29. His passing was peaceful, surrounded by family at home. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was the son of Dr. Dae Suk and Duk Hwa Han.
Norman moved to the United States as a toddler and lived in New York, New Hampshire and New Jersey before settling in Massachusetts. In addition to his parents, Norman is survived by his beloved wife, Ann Han, his daughter, Megan, and his sister, Julie Han of San Jose, California. He also leaves behind his sisters-in-law, Kate Faulkner and husband Colin of Bedford, and Amy Matheson and husband Tom of Tucson, Arizona, his nephew, Jack Faulkner, and nieces, Fiona and Sabrina Matheson, as well as his aunts, uncles and cousins.
Norman received his master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University and worked in healthcare policy for the federal government before moving to the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means, serving under several administrations. He developed budget and policy recommendations for MassHealth and the Group Insurance Commission. Most recently, he was the director of healthcare policy and research for the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans.
Norman enjoyed spending time with family, traveling and good food. He was a lifelong fan of all sports, especially basketball, soccer, baseball and football. He served on the board for the Transportation Children’s Center in Boston while his daughter was enrolled in its preschool program.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe Street. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 3 p.m. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Megan Han’s college fund. Checks made out to College America, with 4000462084 FBO Megan Han in the memo, should be sent to Ann Han at 5 Maple Avenue, Hopkinton, MA 01748.