Jon Harold Hammond

July 18, 1952February 3, 2019

Jon Harold Hammond Jon Harold Hammond, of Juno Beach, Florida, passed away at home on February 3, 2019 at the age of 66 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife, Andrea Helfrich Hammond; stepson, Carl Helfrich of Atlanta; and sister, Judith Olson of Windermere, Florida. Jon was the indulgent uncle to three nieces and six nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Millicent and William Hammond of Upper St Clair, Pennsylvania; older brother, William Hammond of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and younger brother, Richard Hammond, of Jupiter, Florida. Jon was born in Wadsworth, Ohio on July 18, 1952. His family moved to Upper St. Clair when he was ten, where he excelled in academics and on the athletic field. He attended one year at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, before returning to Upper St. Clair to complete his secondary education, building a reputation as a star football player and earning his nickname, "Humble, Happy Warrior". Jon subsequently graduated from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, and was a member of St Anthony Hall where he formed many lifelong friendships. His entire life he continued to support the University of Virginia and was an avid fan of their sports teams. After graduation in 1974, Jon’s career began at Pittsburgh National Bank’s Management Training Program. After a year he accepted an opportunity with US Steel Chemicals and Plastics Division, first in Pittsburgh, then Chicago, and finally transferring to New York. He was recruited by Citibank to become a municipal bond salesman and quickly was their top producer. Jon met Mark Kessenich in the bond business and they developed a strong professional and personal relationship. He joined Mr. Kessenich in 1986 at EF Hutton and became Managing Director of the Fixed Income Group. In 1988, when Hutton was bought out by Shearson Lehman, Jon and Mark took the opportunity to start their own bond trading firm, East Bridge Capital. The highly successful firm was sold to a leading Japanese financial services company in 1998, whereupon Jon retired to Juno Beach, Florida. He continued to use his financial acumen to trade successfully and retain his competitive edge. Jon was an avid golfer and amassed championship trophies at his clubs; East Hampton Country Club and Meadow Brook Golf Club of New York, Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Old Marsh Country Club in Jupiter, Florida. Jon loved playing with his father, William Hammond at St. Clair Country Club, outside of Pittsburgh, and they won the member-guest Championship many times. Jon was also a committed Steelers fan. Jon enjoyed long-distance swimming, which kept him in excellent physical condition. On his 61st birthday he proposed to the love of his life, Andrea Helfrich. They enjoyed their married life in Juno Beach and also Hilton Head, South Carolina, where they had many friends and a robust social schedule including travel, golf, boating, and dancing. Jon was a true gentleman, and remained a giving, thoughtful, loyal and fun loving family member and friend throughout his 66 years. A Memorial Service for Jon will be held at the Lost Tree Chapel in North Palm Beach, Florida, on Sunday February 10th at 2:00 PM, with a reception following at Old Marsh Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the University of Virginia Jon Hammond Memorial Fund by mail at P.O. Box 400331, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4331.


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Michelle Danielson Jeffers

February 10, 2019

Although we never ran in the same crowd, Jon was always so nice and friendly to me. I always knew he would be one of the most successful guys in our class . RIP, Jon

Bonnie Sotire

February 10, 2019 will always be the best in our hearts... from playing football in our back yard when we were little to becoming such a superstar at UVA and your career...such a special Warrior! We will miss you big time but are so grateful to have shared many special times together...especially with Andrea❤️❤️!

Gray Murray

February 7, 2019

Jon and I met in NYC in 1976....what a hoot.....gravel voice that always seemed to carry its drink order over the din at the Ravelled Sleave to be quickly responded to by Ronnie or Richie behind the bar! We re-connected a few years ago in Linville at a wedding in which we both were groomsmen...and without missing a beat after not seeing each other for 35 years he greeted me and Nancy with ..." the Hell have you been...." and the years melted away. His meeting and marrying Andrea was straight out of a storybook and was so sweet. I only regret letting all those years go by without staying in touch with one of the nicest fellows I ever met.....Full glass and Godspeed!

roy pannebecker

February 6, 2019

Jon was a guy that I was privileged to know for the last 18yrs, very smart, quick witted, and just a all around nice person, I was so happy to hear that Jon was to marry his LOVE Andrea, they both deserved to be in that very special place! Taken too soon we will miss him dearly. Roy and Cherylynn Pannebecker

Bill Coogan

February 5, 2019

Hambone was the greatest! Susan and I spent a lot of time with Jon in NYC in our early years at the Ravelled Sleeve and elsewhere. We had no greater fun and no greater friend than Hambone. The highlight might have been the UNC/ West Point football game a group of us from NYC went to in a mobile home with Jon driving. Great guy, great fun and I’m so sorry we lost touch in recent years. Rest In Peace big guy! Bill Coogan

Connie Moore

February 5, 2019

I met Jon while a student at Hollies and had the most fun with him while hanging with him for around two years. I am so sad to hear this. What a truly nice guy. My heart goes out to his wife and family.....

Allan Strange

February 5, 2019

Jon was a wonderful man and a great friend. Jon and Andrea (his South Georgia Honey) were a world-class couple; always such great fun to be around. Jon was a very smart guy, and had an exceptional business career. He loved to laugh. Jon was a very good football player, who was known as the “Happy Warrior” in his high school days. His football career at the University of Virginia was going great, but his career was ended by a chop block to the knee. Jon did not marry until he was very close to 62. It took him a while, but Jon just loved being married to Andrea. You could just tell.

James Farmer

February 5, 2019

A. Good strong guy gone too soon I know he loved football and his Steelers
Wish he could have lived longer 😞

Robert Lecky

February 5, 2019

A good man and a great friend. Rest In Peace.