November 20, 1946 – September 19, 2016
Ronald Hammer, age 69, of Newark, DE, passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on November 20, 1946, Ron was a son of the late Charles and Dorothy (Hawthorne) Hammer. He owned and operated Hammer Cleaners in Newark and greatly enjoyed serving his many patrons over the years.
Gregarious and outgoing, Ron loved making people laugh and always displayed a positive attitude. He was an exceptional drummer with an insatiable passion for music who lent his talent to a number of bands in Delaware, Rhode Island, Virginia and Florida. Ron was a longtime member of the Joseph B. Stahl Post No. 30. He was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies and enjoyed cheering on his favorite teams each season. In his leisure time, Ron liked keeping a watchful eye on the stock market and a good game of shuffle board. He was a self-described “foodie” who appreciated a fine meal. Above all else, Ron will be remembered as a loving husband, father, stepfather, brother, grandfather, uncle and dear friend to many.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sandra Mae “Sandy” (Houser) Hammer. Ron is survived by his daughter, Laura Hammer and her companion, Matt Westfall of Sarasota, FL; stepson, Robert Esposito and his wife, Noreen of Bear; brother, Bing Hammer of Lewisburg, WV; sister, Dawn Zdrojewski and her husband, Frank of New Castle; grandsons, Derek and Vincent Esposito; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Monday morning, September 26, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ron’s memory may be made to the Joseph B. Stahl Memorial Post No. 30, 3 East Jackson Ave., New Castle, DE 19720.