Zachary Ansel Hammond
July 21, 1988 - December 22, 2020
A private family service will be held. A celebration of Zachary's life will be held later, followed by committal prayers and burial at Pine Grove South Cemetery.
Zachary Ansel Hammond, 32, beloved son and brother, passed on December 22, 2020 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.
Zachary was born on July 21, 1988 in Sanford, the eldest son of Larry A. and Nancy E. (Fougere) Hammond.
Zach loved the holidays and spending time at family gatherings. You would often see him entertaining young children or listening intently to the stories shared by his elders. He always had a smile and a loving spirit in all circumstances. The best way to honor Zach is to take the time to listen to one another, laugh with one another and love one another.
Our family is truly blessed by the outpouring of love, prayer, and support during our time of mourning.
Zach was a cub scout and boy scout. He loved doing community service projects, going on Scout camping trips every month, some of his favorite trips were climbing Mt. Katahdin with his father and he attended the international scout jamboree on Prince Edward Island one summer.
Zach attended Massabesic High School and his indomitable spirit allowed him to run as a member of the cross-country team, despite his asthma, he finished every race. He never quit. Zach participated in a variety of sports, including wrestling, playing football and basketball, and a member of the track team. His determined effort was apparent to all his teammates.
Zachary was born with NF – Neurofibromatosis Type 1. He always cherished his trip to Camp Kostopulos Children’s Tumor Foundation summer camp in Utah, a place where they could be just kids and not sick children. Zach met other children with NF and shared experiences that made him the kind, caring man he became. He also toured Europe for six weeks with the People 2 People international travel program for students. Zach spent his 16th birthday at the Eiffel tower in France and traveled to Rome, Italy, and Greece.
Following high school, Zach attended the University of Southern Maine where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in business. He started working during high school for the athletic director and often held two jobs at the same time. Zach started working a job as soon as he could drive and would often have 1 or 2 part time jobs on top of school and a full-time job. One of his first jobs was as a pharmacy technician for Shaws and he had just earned that license back this fall for a new position at Walgreens.
Zach was always ready to help anyone in any situation. He was patient and kind and could explain technology to those who did not grasp the ever-changing world of technology! Zach was gracious and would always humor people with his beautiful warm smile.
Zachary gave his life to Christ and attended Eastpoint Church. He was baptized there and spent the last several years in fellowship and worship with the Young Adult Ministry group there.
Zach always enjoyed Fi Wood restaurant, his grandmother Betty Ann would take him there every week, and the owner Alaina would always have a special treat of maraschino cherries for him and his brother.
We would like to thank Dr. Scott Plotkins, MD, PhD, Director of the Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology, for the wonderful care Zach received for over 20 years. We also would like to thank the amazing ICU staff at MGH who worked so hard for Zach, and who made sure that we were able to be with Zach in his final moments.
Our son Zachary lived a life full of courage, kindness, faith, and love. Our hearts are broken with grief, but we know that Zach is resting in the arms of our Lord. We will miss you dearly and love you forever.
Zachary is lovingly survived by his parents, Larry and Nancy Hammond of Lyman, Maine and by his brother Casey Hammond of Syracuse, New York; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and 2nd cousins; and special friend Julie Webster.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Ansel and Betty Ann Hammond and Gerald and Florida Fougere, his great-grandparents, Richard and Helen Johnson and J. Leroy and Grace Hammond.
A private family service will be held. A celebration of Zachary’s life will be held later, followed by committal prayers and burial at Pine Grove South Cemetery.
In Zachary’s memory, please consider the Children’s Tumor Foundation, Mail Code: 6895, P.O. Box 7247, Philadelphia, PA 19170-0001. You can also text EndNF to 41444 for a link to make a donation online ** Your donation made through December 31st will be matched dollar for dollar up to $ 1 million. **
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.