Paul Leon Hammer
Paul Leon Hammer, 94, of Great Barrington, Mass., passed away Friday December 6, 2013 at his winter-time home in Barefoot Bay, Fla. Paul, a native of Great Barrington, moved to Canaan, Conn., where he owned and operated a plumbing business after serving in the Air Corps during World War II. He later returned to the Hammer family home in Great Barrington, where he was a familiar face, and held numerous positions, including Town Assessor. Paul will be remembered for always being a gentleman, devoted to family and friends. He was quick to tell a joke or story and lived life to the fullest. He never met a stranger, always making new friends along his journey. Paul was a member of the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington, and was also a member of the Elks, Moose Lodge, and Rotary Club. He was an avid golfer and won the Egremont Country Club Championship at age 57. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and spending time with friends. Paul was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Irene Whiting, step-daughter Maria Miller, and three brothers: Abe, Gordon, and Bob Hammer. He is survived by his wife, Verona L Hammer, of Brunswick, ME; son, Paul Leon Hammer, Jr. of Storrs, Conn.; daughter, Sharon Kay Hammer of Costa Rica; step-son: Peter Dus of Richmond, Mass.; step-daughter: Lois Smith of Bowdoinham, Maine; three grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A remembrance gathering will be held at the 19th Hole of the Barefoot Bay Golf Club on January 26, 2014. A service will be held in Great Barrington, MA at a later time.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 14, 2013