August 26, 1929 - November 25, 2016
November 25, 2016
August 26, 1929
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 9:30 AM at Church of the Epiphany, 304 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Pennsylvania
Charles L. Hammond, 87, of Sayre passed from his earthly life into the hands of his Lord and Savior on Nov. 25, 2016. He was surrounded by his loving family and his wonderful care providers on the 5th floor of RPH.
He was predeceased by his parents, Charles H. Hammond and Margaret M. Donoughe; his sisters,
Elaine and Mary Jean and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Charles is survived by his beloved wife, Dolores; his seven children; Sharon Korba (Dennis), Exeter, Pa. Linda Thomas (Denny), Waverly, Chuck (Dawn), Athens, Mary Jane Bloss (Steve), Sayre, Jim (Maureen), Waverly, Joe, Athens, and Jeff (Tracy) , Mt. Joy, PA.; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, along with the family cat, Mickey. He is also survived by his best friend of over 80 years, Jim Riley of Altoona, Pa. with whom he shared many wonderful childhood adventures.
Charlie was born on Aug. 26, 1929 in Altoona, Pa and graduated from Altoona Catholic H.S. In 1947, he began his career with the McCrory five and dime stores in 1948 where he met Dolores Albright, the love of his life and they were married on July 14, 1951, His career as a young store manager led him to frequent locations in Pa.and New Jersey with his children being born in many different towns.
Since he was frequently transferred immediately prior to the birth of children, Dolores was sometimes accompanied to the hospital by her mother or once by the taxi driver whom when asked by the nurse said “no this isn't my husband, it's my cab driver”!
In 1975 Charles was transferred to his last and favorite store, J.J. Newberry in Sayre. Charlie and Dolores bought their very first home on Stevenson St. and he took great pride in its maintenance and many beautification projects.
He delved head on in making Newberry's the best store it could be and had an eye for detail. His special talents included the creation of many displays for which his floral dept. won regional awards. He retired from his 12 hr. days as store manager in 1994. Charlie was a man of deep faith serving Epiphany Parish as a Eucharistic Minister, altar server, leader in perpetual adoration, CCD instructor and general handyman always ensuring the altar, the adoration chapel and all areas of the church were perfectly adorned to the glory of the Lord. He especially loved Christmas time at church and making sure the trees picked out were stately and perfect. Community activities included Boy Scout leader, and many awards and recognition for service to Sayre Business Assoc., Sayre Rotary Club, The Bridge of Penn York Valley Furniture Ministry and the Choice Radio Individual of the Year.
Charlie's hobbies included woodworking, listening to country music, being an avid sports fan for the NY Giants, Mets, and Notre Dame. He had a special dedication to the Sayre Theater and was instrumental in its restoration with Margie Ross at the helm. Another passion was his work with the Bridge furniture ministry, getting very involved in the “sleep out” fund raiser. He had a special place in his heart for everyone he worked with at the Bridge. He was always hands on with beautifying his community and spent countless hours painting the Howard Elmer bandstand making sure there were American flags encircling it.
Besides his deep Catholic faith and strong political convictions, he was a very patriotic man, loved his country and was proud to show it. Charlie lent a helping hand whenever and wherever he could and his brick dedication states it. He was an amazing human being and will be missed and remembered by many. He was a true asset to his community, his church, his family and friends.
A time of calling will held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 9:30 AM at Church of the Epiphany, 304 N. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA with Rev. Michael Drevitch officiating with burial to follow in Tioga Point Cemetery. Those wishing to send a private message of sympathy to Charlie’s family may do so by visiting our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
Memorial donations may be made in Charlie’s name to Bridge of Penn York Valley Churches, PO Box 202, Sayre, PA.
“On Friday, November 25, 2016 God received a very special angel in heaven who will be watching over us all”