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Harry J. Hammond

Died: Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Former Grosse Pointe Woods resident Harry J. Hammond, 72, died on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, of lung cancer.

Born in 1931 in Detroit, Mr. Hammond was a graduate of St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms and the University of Detroit. He later attended the University of Notre Dame and George Washington University.

His education also included Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. and Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Fla. He served as a lieutenant and pilot in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Hammond was a member of the Squadron VVP-663 and was recalled to service with Squadron VVP-661 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Tracking hurricanes and sometimes flying toward the eye of the storm was part of Mr. Hammond's role as a "storm tracker."

Following his retirement from the military, Mr. Hammond was a supervisor of field engineering and quality control for Westinghouse Electric Co. After his retirement from Westinghouse, he owned the One Hour Moto Photo store in Lutherville, Md.

Mr. Hammond was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ellicott City, Md. He served as president and treasurer of the board of Cardinal Gibbons High School. He was also a past member of the school's sports boosters.

As a member of the Ilchester Optimist Club, Mr. Hammond was involved in the organization's children's oratorical and bicycle safety programs.

Mr. Hammond is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Ann Hammond; his sons Harry (Denise) and Peter Hammond and his companion Sharon Miller; his daughters, Judy (Marc) Benvenuto and Lisa (Scott) Farrow; seven grandchildren; and his sisters, Mary Lee Graham of Grosse Pointe Woods and Lois Harrigan.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City.

Interment is in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Always and Forever Memorial and Honor Program, Attn: ADA Web, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.
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