James Merrill Hammond was a devoted son and brother, a dedicated uncle and steadfast friend to many. He was born in McMinnville, Oregon, the youngest son and brother to two brothers and a sister. He grew up in a swimming family so the swim pool was like a second home. Jim was an award-winning swimmer, competing on public and school swim teams throughout life and into college. He was a dedicated swim coach to many children, some of whom he awarded medals and trophies of his own that he had doctored in order to give them something with which to celebrate their successes. Jim was a life-long student and loved books and discussing current events, sports, politics and history. He tolerated puzzles and willful cats.
Jim died of cancer on January 26th, 2021 in Miroco (Depoe Bay), Oregon. He is survived by his mother Marjorie Farness of Miroco, brother Robert R. Hammond of Amity, Michael M. Hammond of Sparks, NV, sister Nancy A. Hanrahan of Wilton CT, their families and his very good friend Brian Haliski of Portland. He is missed by all.
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