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Richard A. Hammond

Richard A. Hammond, aka “Weemsy”, 85, longtime of Kimball, Avenue, Ipswich, and the husband of the late Muriel (Meuse) Hammond, died Wednesday April 7, 2009 in the Beverly Hospital following his brief illness.

Born in Ipswich May 5, 1923, son of the late Frederick G. and Hazel V. (Brockelbank) Hammond, he was raised in Ipswich, attending public schools. As a young man he was employed as a mechanic at the former R.W. Davis Chevrolet in Ipswich. During WWII he served as an Army medic stationed in Warrington, England. While on leave he married his sweetheart, the late Muriel Meuse. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Ipswich to make his home, raise his family and resume his work at R.W. Davis. Mr. Hammond was later employed as a service manager at the former Means Chevrolet in Ipswich, and in 1967 he became a co-owner of the former Central Street Arco station in Ipswich.  Most recently he was employed with his nephew Bruce Hammond at his High Street garage from which he retired in 1983.

He enjoyed his family very much, walking, his yard work, traveling with his wife and just sitting for hours talking with his friends and waving at passers by. He will be fondly remembered by many as the “Mayor of Kimball Avenue”  

He is survived by a daughter, Dale  A. Moon and her husband Jack of Ipswich; three grandchildren, James Mitchell MacDonald and his wife Beth Hurst of Ipswich, Lori-Jane Mac Donald of Rockport, ME and  Darrin E. Moon of Ipswich; five great grandchildren, Joshua Fernands of Washington, DC, Justin E. Fernands of Camden, ME, Elyssa N. Cesolini of Jaffrey, NH, Samuel T. Hurst- MacDonald of Ipswich and Alice Paul Hurst-MacDonald of Ipswich; a great grandson, Justin J. Fernands of Camden, ME; a nephew and a niece. He was the brother of the late Theodore Hammond, formerly of Ipswich.

His funeral with Army Honors will be held Tuesday April 14, 11 am, graveside in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 6 to 9 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich with a service by VFW Post #1093 at 7 pm.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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