John Stanley Naylor Hammond, BASc’43

John passed away peacefully on Monday, June 16, 2014. The beloved husband of 68 years to Myra Hammond, he loved his six children, 14 grandchildren and nine great‑grandchildren, unconditionally. His subtle sense of humour will be missed. He was born in Nuneaton, UK, on March 8, 1920, and grew up in Kelowna. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, he joined the Canadian Army, serving in the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and spending a brief time in England. Upon returning to Canada, he worked with Ontario Hydro operations. Looking to the future, he joined the nuclear power division, becoming assistant superintendent and then the commissioning operations superintendent of the Bruce Nuclear Power Station at Douglas Point, and eventually finishing his career in Toronto. He was a gentle, patient man of few words who enjoyed time with his family – bedtime stories were his specialty. His creativity in his workshop was boundless. Children were happy recipients of handmade whistles, boats and other toys, and his totem poles marked many a cottage, campsite or portage. Growing up in the Okanagan, he sang in the Anglican Church choir for years. John often reminisced about happy times spent at the UBC Outdoor Club cabin on Grouse Mountain. His love of the outdoors was shared with his family, who recall fondly the many canoe trips and camping holidays in Algonquin Park. John was a keen badminton and tennis player. He enjoyed years of Scottish dancing, bridge with adult friends, and endless cribbage and euchre games with children and grandchildren. John’s final years were spent in the warm and loving care of his extended family and the staff of Post Inn Village in Oakville, where he was affectionately known as King John. Dad was and will always be an inspiration to his family and will be missed terribly.

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