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Ronald Hammer  

Ronald Hammer

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.

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  1. Robin Bachman, September 21, 2016

    Ron was a good man. A wild & crazy man. He was often the life of the party at Stahl Post having fun & playing shuffleboard. I enjoyed his stories, his laugh, and many good times that we shared. He always made you laugh. He will be missed. RIP Hammer!

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  2. Sharon Ruhle, September 21, 2016

    Dear Laura,

    I know I didn’t see your Dad often, but he always made me laugh when I did. I definitely have some great memories of him when we were teenagers. lol He was such a free spirited man and always so cool and laid back. I’m sure he will start a band in Heaven and keep all the Angels entertained. I love you so much my best friend and I will always be here for you. My heart is sad that you lost your Dad and I can’t wait to come and give you a BIG HUG AND KISS. RIP Ron Hammer xo

    Love you so much,
    Sharon

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  3. Shirley Ruarke, September 21, 2016

    I always loved seeing and joking around with Ron over the years when I would see him at the Stahl Post. It’s not going to be the same when I go there knowing he won’t be there anymore but he is now reunited with his wonderful wife, Sandy who I also miss seeing there. Ron always made me laugh and I enjoyed hearing his stories about the bands he played for. He was truly a good guy and will be missed by many. RIP buddy and toke one for me!!!!!

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  4. Amy Sawyer, September 21, 2016

    Ron was a fun loving, music lover who I enjoyed many sunny acts on the beach in Siesta Key with. He will be dearly missed by The Sawyer’s. Heaven needed a new drummer!

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  5. Steven Ruhle, September 21, 2016

    Im very sorry for your loss!

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  6. Bobby and Laurie, September 22, 2016

    Dear Laura, sorry for your loss. He was a very nice and haapy l, also I found him very inspirational. Always put a smile on my face. Our thoughts and prayer’s are with you, Matt and family. Love You

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  7. Cindy Williams, September 22, 2016

    Uncle Ron you will be truly missed. Until we meet again fly high. Love you❤

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  8. Ann Hansen, September 23, 2016

    Laura & Matt,
    I am so sorry and know how hard this is for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that we are here for you. In the short time I’ve known “Grandpa Ron”, his smile and laugh is what I will miss the most. Or is it his funny jokes, playing the drums with his hands on the counter, talking about music and bands, or The best sandwich shops in Phillie. We enjoyed a few trips to Florida with him and his visit to WI. He is now upstairs playing for the big guy and enjoying the dance with his wife.
    Love u guys!
    Ann, John, and kids.

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  9. Nancy Ennis Torres, September 24, 2016

    Please accept my condolences. I attended high school with Ron.

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  10. Robert Esposito, September 24, 2016

    Ron was a gentle giant. He was always happy and had a smile on his face. He truly loved life and lived it to the fullest. Everyone who took the time to know Ron, knew what a great man he was. He would do anything for anyone and never ask or expect anything in return. May you and my Mom be at peace for eternity. Love and miss you both.

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  11. Gina Gibbons & Peter Deckenbach, September 26, 2016

    I wish we were having his 70th birthday party instead of this. He told me “you only have to do one thing well in life.” While he did many things well. Super drummer, good friend, goofball, hard worker and never hesitated to help when needed. No wonder he was loved and enjoyed by all he met. He was just cool. We ll miss him.

    Gina & Pete

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  12. laura hammer, September 26, 2016

    I will miss my dad more than words can explain. We have recently spent so much time together and will cherish those moments forever. My dad was one of a kind…he made us laugh until we cried! RIP dad!!! Love always , Laura and Matt

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  13. Marian and Tom Wade, September 28, 2016

    Our deepest condolences, Marian and Tom Wade

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  14. Dave and Cindi Markos, October 3, 2016

    Matt and Laura,
    Only knew Ron this past year in FL and enjoyed him living behind us. He was a very fun and happy guy. Will miss him this winter for sure.
    Dave and Cindi Markos

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  15. Billie Bogart, October 6, 2016

    Laura & Matt! I am so sorry for your great loss. I live in the mobile right behind Ron. You & your Dad gave us a tour of Ron’s mobile. I did not know Ron real well but I found Ron to be very entertaining. He will be missed in South Winds. RIP Ron. Billie

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