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November 29, 2012
I only knew Rob for one ski season at Alyeska and in that time I found a great comfort in chatting with him and getting to know him. My thoughts are most certainly with his family and friends.
November 29, 2012
So sorry to hear of Rob's death. Always enjoyed talking with him and seeing him with his family. I used to ski a lot with Jim Graves and Lindy Larson and saw Rob a lot on the mountain.
November 29, 2012
Rob will always be one of my 'touchstone' memories, at the heart of the time I spent working at Denali. Remembering him, and your incredible family living together at Wonder Lake seems like yesterday. Rob's smile, gentle spirit, always a kind word for friends and strangers alike, are etched in my memory. I am in Antarctica, but I will be with you in spirit as you celebrate his incredible life. He is one of those people who truly made the world a better place. My heart goes out to you Rorie, Raina and Ryan. I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
November 29, 2012
To all of our Hammel Ohana - Our hearts aches for you, Words are hard to speak, such a tragic loss. We hope there is some comfort in the outpouring of love and sentiment we all want to share in Rob's memory. I took this photo in Homer, July 2011. Rob had just got off the Ferry from Seldovia. I love the photo, - the wide grin - I loved Rob - my lifelong friend- our dad's boxed in college before they married. I remember the tall dark haired kid in leiderhosen, sporting those dark rimmed glasses. High school together. We waved him off when he left Madison in the rambler, "Alaska or Bust" sign in the window. Rob, the gentlest of souls, with a heart of gold. He appreciated the smallest and most delicate pieces of nature, he paused to enjoy it and often went out of his way to soak it in - Rob took time to smell the flowers, visit the elderly, catch a sunset, help an injured animal, or a stranger in need- He showed compassion. He was proud to show us his Alaska, we are so grateful for that time, grateful for Rob and to have known him - Aloha Oe Rob, - Until we meet again my friend . Judy & Dan
November 29, 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting Rob and Rorie nearly 30 years ago while collecting water at the fire station and then working on the mountain. Good people, Rob touched so many and will not be forgotten. Unfortunately I am unable to attend Rob's Celebration of Life. My deepest condolences to Rorie, Ryan and Raina.
November 29, 2012
Rorie, Jim Klunick called with the sad news. I just read the obituary with water in my eyes, even though I haven't seen Rob since he left Point. What a guy and what a life. I regret that Dori and I never got up to Alaska. I always wanted to see you guys and your life in the wild. We share your grief. Hopefully you remember, I was Rob's hall director in Pray Sims and a champion for him when he applied for the AD role. Blessings from the Jurys.

John and Dori Jury
Stevens Point WI
November 29, 2012
Rory, Raina, and Ryan,

I am so terribly sorry to hear of your loss.
Rob Hammel's smile and his always kind greetings were things that made Girdwood an awesome place to live.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
November 29, 2012
I got to work with Rob for the last 30 years on the Alyeska ski patrol. I will not forget the powder skiing we shared, his Big bear paw hands and that Sparkle in his Smile :) Rest Easy My Friend you and your family are in our thoughts.
November 29, 2012
Rob will be missed by Dick and I. May his spirit be flown high on wings of Eagle. My heart goes out to you Rorie, and to you Raina, and to you Ryan. Though we are not in Alaska this winter, know that your thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope to give you all hugs this summer.
November 29, 2012
May the Lord enjoy the presence of Rob's gentle soul as much as we have in this life. My introduction to ski patrolling at Alyeska in 1978 was made more fun and more complete through Rob's firm but gentle guidance as he made his way from liftee to patroller to avalanche controller. Every time I was in his presence, he exuded such confidence, gentleness, knowledge and skill, with the constant desire to improve the lives of those around him.

Rob is the consummate example of the adage that those who give more enjoy life more.

Rorie, Cathy and I send our hearts to you and your kiddos. We love you as we loved Rob. He will be sorely missed and you are always in our thoughts and prayers.

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