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Robert McIntosh Hammond
June 6, 1938 - June 30, 2018
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<div itemprop="description">Robert Hammond died on June 30, 2018 after a heartbreaking battle with dementia. He was 80 years old.<br><br>He grew up in Ottawa with his parents, Jean and Charles, and younger brother Barrie. Bob made the most of every opportunity to get an education, earning degrees from both Queen’s University and Carnegie Mellon. His intelligence and lifelong passion for learning was reflected in his long and distinguished career in the Federal Public Service and later the Canadian Payments Association. Outside of work, Bob developed a passion for travel, downhill skiing and a voracious appetite for current events. He was known to read several newspapers each morning, and end his day only after tuning in to CBC’s The National.<br><br>He met his best friend and wife, Ava, later in life. Much to his surprise and delight, he became the father of four children – Sarah, Alison, Paul and Nora. He was a devoted dad whose life revolved around his kids. He instilled in them an appreciation for math, the great outdoors, excellent report cards (most of the time), ice cream and purely educational vacations. Bob was never happier than when he was in his 601-house, enjoying Ava’s cooking and employing his “secret sense of humour” to razz his kids with CBC radio news blaring in the background. He, alongside Ava, was his children’s greatest cheerleader in all facets of life, all the while leading by example in his dedication to working hard and being kind to everyone he met.<br><br>Bob was a gifted conversationalist, following his own mantra that all you have to do is ask questions. He will be missed for this natural curiosity, for his deep love of nature, his gentle manner, his sage advice and that secret sense of humour.<br><br>A memorial gathering will be held at Pinecrest Remembrance Centre (2500 Baseline Rd, Ottawa ON) on Friday, July, 6th ‘from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm; speeches at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada’s research department with our sincere thanks.<br></div>