Frederick M. Hammond, 73

Frederick M. Hammond, age 73, passed away at his home on Saturday, Dec. 14, surrounded by his family.

Fred was born in Granville, N.Y. on Jan. 17, 1940 the son of Willard (Bill) and Ethel(Morris) Hammond.

Fred was a Veteran of the Army. For 13 he lived in Marion, N.C., but for the majority of his life he was a resident of Middle Granville.

He married JoAnn Myers on July 17, 1959 and the couple recently celebrated its 54th anniversary.

Fred worked as a carpenterfor most of his life. There was nothing the man could not fix. Before “flipping” houses was vogue, Fred and his construction buddy, JoAnn bought, renovated and sold many homes throughout the area. They were best friends working together. His renovations were amazing, and their home is a shining example of the quality of their workmanship. And speaking of a man ahead of his time, DIY Network had nothing on Fred. If he wasn’t “fixing” something he was thinking about how it could be repurposed.

Fred enjoyed spending summers on a lake with JoAnn and their family. The last several summers were spent on Bulwagga Bay, where he tried very hard to out fish his wife on Lake Champlain.

Fred was an Honorary Member of Penrhyn Engine and Hose.

Throughout his life, until the end, what always mattered the most to him was his family and friends.

Fred is survived by his wife JoAnn, his children: Fred and his wife Floranne of Bow, N.H., Kelly and her husband Joe Gravelle of Middle Granville, Darcie and her lifetime partner Kathy Brambrinck of Levittown, Pa. and Dennis and his wife Lisa of Marion, N.C. Also surviving him are his siblings: Donnie, Billy, Virginia and his very special sister, Karen. Fred was blessed with eight grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He was predeceased by both of his parents, his sister Norma Mason and brother Larry.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 18, at 1 p.m. at the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville with the Rev. Jerry McKinney presiding. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Middle Granville. Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank C. R. Wood Cancer Center for their treatment and care, as well as High Peaks Hospice for the care and compassion they gave Fred during the final days of his illness. The family asks that anyone wishing to remember Fred in a special way, make a donation to the C. R. Wood Cancer Center, c/o Glens Falls Hospital, 100 Park Street, Glens Falls, N.Y. to help them continue their excellent care.

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