Swan Funeral Home

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Rodney M. Hammel

March 27, 1947August 30, 2020

Rodney Martin Hammel, 73, of Madison passed away peacefully on August 30, 2020 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, with his beloved wife and son by his side. He was born March 27, 1947 to the late William and Amelia Hammel of West Haven, CT.

He is survived by his wife and lifelong partner Mary Sellitto Hammel, beloved son Travis (Erika) Hammel and cherished grandchildren Delaney and Xander Hammel.

Rod was a graduate of the University of New Haven earning his B.S., following up with his M.S. and 6th year from SCSU. He spent many years working as a sales manager for various telecommunications companies which suited him well as he had the gift of gab and unmatched leadership skills.

Rod loved life. Aside from being an avid golfer and men's softball player, he also played in a card league in North Branford. He spent a lot of time showcasing his love of Gardening in his well maintained yard as well as a splash during the Christmas season with his Christmas lights display.

He and wife Mary shared their love of traveling visiting many countries such as Italy, Switzerland, France, Greece and Ireland just to name a few. They also enjoyed traveling domestically to Hawaii and other parts of the U.S.

Pop especially enjoyed spending his time with his two grandchildren Delaney and Xander playing games, going on excursions and just laughing and having fun together.

Rod is survived by his brother-in-law Michael Sellitto of Guilford and sister-in-law Patty & Chip Prece of Nashville, TN.

Rod was the uncle to Tony (Lucy) Simmons of Wallingford, Michael (Kris) Sellitto of Warwick RI, James (Raphaela) Sellitto of Northford and Jason Hammel of Chicago, IL. Rod is also survived by nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother William Hammel, sister-in-law Anna Simmons, sister-in-law Linda Sellitto and sister-in-law Kathy Sellitto.

There will be a Memorial Mass held in his honor on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. directly in St. Margaret Church, 24 Academy St., Madison, CT 06443.

In Lieu of flowers any contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.


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Kenneth Buccelli

September 13, 2020

Mary and Travis, I'm at a loss for words. We just received the news five minutes ago and even though It's been years since we saw Rod, I feel as though it was yesterday. I can't explain my feelings about Rod. I was his neighbor, his softball team mate and his setback partner. EVERY bit of it was cherished. I love to laugh and Rod had the BEST sense of humor of anyone that I've ever known. His name still comes up in conversations within our family quite often. I will always remember Rod and smile each time I think of him. Mary and Travis please accept our condolences and prayers.
Ken and Maureen Buccelli


September 10, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about Rod's passing. We have been friends for over 40 years of playing golf, softball and cards. It was always a pleasure to be with Rod, as he kept things lively and fun. He was always upbeat about things and kept things interesting.
Both Phyllis and I extend our condolences to you both and to your family.


Tony Maru

September 8, 2020

Dear Mary and family

We were shocked at the news of Rod’s passing. You and him are fixtures of our college years. He was always so much fun. Our deepest condolences.

Lorraine & Tony Maru

John Angeletti

September 7, 2020


So sad to hear about Rod. My sincere condolences to you and the family. He was a good friend those so many years ago. So many incidents bring back a memory of a time we had together.

You know I used to let him win in ping pong because it made him feel so good. I hope you find comfort and the courage to endure the period ahead.


Patty&Chip Prece

September 5, 2020

Rod was a one-of-a-kind brother-in-law! Never a dull moment with him and always fun to be with .
Whos going to pick the restaurants now?
Rod was always there for his family and friends especially his grandkids.
He is and always will be missed but in our hearts he will be remembered with many good memories.
Love, Patty&Chip

Bob Grottole

September 5, 2020

Dear Mary,

I was truly shocked to hear of Rod’s passing. Although we haven’t seen each other for at least 45 years, Rod will always remain to be my best friend though our high school and college years. We shared so many wonderful memories during that time, and it still brings a smile to my face when I recall those happy times. We connected a few times on messenger and talked about getting together, but unfortunately that never happened. I live in Florida now so I cannot attend his services but please know that I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Bob Grottole


September 3, 2020

Dear Mary and family

It is with deep regret that Rod is no longer with us
I have been with him over many years in both softball,
golf and cards
Deepest condolences to you and the family
He will be missed

Mike Longo

Rich Kandro

September 3, 2020

Travis and family,

My condolences and prayers at this time of loss. God bless.


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