James O. Hammond

June 28, 1925 - February 17, 2015

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: March 7, 2015

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the South Waterboro Bible Chapel, 911 Route 202, Waterboro.

James O. (Jim) Hammond, 89, went peacefully home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  Jim was surrounded by his family and dear friends. For the past seven months, Jim made his home at Huntington Common Assisted Living in Kennebunk.

Jim was born on June 28, 1925 the son of James L. and Grace (Hobbs) Hammond and grew up on Bauneg Beg Hill in North Berwick. He had many fond memories of his childhood and was raised with his brother, Ansel Sumner Hammond.

Jim served his country in the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corp during World War II and did not hesitate to serve with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a 68 year member of the American Legion, Brown Emmons Post # 134 in Alfred.

Jim was employed as a repairman by Brown’s TV in Springvale before he started his own business; Bauneg Beg Radio and TV Repair.   In his later years, he got involved in delivering Meals on Wheels for the Sanford group right up until 2013, when his health started to fail.  He was a longtime member of the Waterboro TOPS group and earned the KOPS status. At the meetings, Jim was known to tell a joke “right off the top of his head” and could put people at ease by engaging in conversation with them.

Jim was a member of the South Waterboro Bible Chapel and was also baptized in May of 2004.  He also attended the senior luncheons on a regular basis. On September 7, 2000 Jim married the love of his life, Madelyn Smith, and they were blessed with seven years before she passed in 2007.

Some of Jim’s hobbies included chair caning, whittling wooden chains, reading and spending time with his loyal friend and companion, Midget, his dog; who is being well taken care of now by a close friend.

Jim was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, Ansel S. Hammond.

Jim is survived by six nephews, Mike Hammond of Exeter, NH; Mark Hammond of Windham; Larry Hammond of Lyman; Gary Hammond of Sanford; Peter Hammond of Alfred; and David Hammond of East Waterboro; their wives and many great nieces and nephews.

He will be sadly missed by all as he would attend family game days; Christmas and Thanksgiving get togethers, trips to the Brunswick Naval Air Show and Owls Head Museum.

We would like to thank Beacon Hospice for their excellent care given to Uncle Jim in his last days.   They honored him for his service to the country, by presenting him with a handmade patriotic quilt; which he kept warm with every day and a special plaque.  They also made sure he was comfortable and enjoyed spending time listening to him reminisces.

Also, a big thank you goes out to the awesome team at Huntington Common who soon became Uncle Jim’s adopted family. He had many excellent, loving care managers, nurses, med people, kitchen staff, housekeepers, who interacted with him on a daily basis and did an outstanding job.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the South Waterboro Bible Chapel,  911  Route 202,  in Waterboro with Pastor Dan Lambertson, officiating. Following the service, you are invited to share your stories and memories and enjoy light refreshments in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to SWBC senior luncheons or to Beacon Hospice, 54 Atlantic Place, So. Portland, ME 04106.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak Street, in Alfred is respectfully handling arrangements.

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