Thomas Cecil Hammel
April 7, 1929 – October 22, 2020
Thomas C. Hammel died at home on October 22, 2020 in Sandwich. He was 91 years old. Born in Davenport, Iowa, he moved to Michigan in the1950s and lived there until retirement. Tom and wife Beverly came to Cape Cod in 1994. Beverly preceded him in death in 2017. He leaves four children, Patricia (Michael), Thomas (Dale), Elizabeth, Cheryl (Joe) and seven grandchildren, Heather, Christopher, Michael, Molly, Henry, Austin, and Tyler. Tom met Beverly, his wife of 62 years, while attending the University of Missouri where he received both his BA and MA in Journalism. After their marriage, he served in the US Army during the Korean War. Tom then went on to teach high school journalism for over 40 years. He retired from a long career as a Michigan public school educator only to begin a new one of community service. Tom participated actively in his church community, delivered Meals on Wheels, and volunteered at the Sandwich Food Pantry for over 20 years. He enjoyed golf, curling, bowling, gardening, puzzles, and board games. Tom would do anything for anyone who asked and lived each day with purpose. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, and the world’s greatest grandfather. A memorial service will be held at First Church of Christ, Sandwich on Sunday, November 8 at 1:00 pm. In case of inclement weather, please contact the office at First Church of Christ: 508 888 0434. Burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to First Church of Christ, Sandwich.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Thomas Cecil Hammel
October 29, 2020
When my husband, Tom, and I joined the Cape Cod Curling Club and, as very new curlers, started to curl with "the morning curlers" known to be a very friendly, welcoming group of mostly, experienced an d generally older curlers. Tom Hammel was one of the group that
I thought of as true gentlemen in every respect. The advice and support from Tom made curling a sport that became, literally, a big part of our life. I can only imagine the kind of great teacher, friend, grandfather and partner to Bev that Tom was. This gentleman and special man will be missed by all.
October 26, 2020
To the Hammel family,
Tom was a wonderful and thoughtful man. He had a heart of gold. He was my neighbor for 17 years! I am heartbroken for your loss. I will miss looking out my window and seeing him tend to the garden. I hope knowing your parents are back together brings you peace. I am sure they rolled out the red carpet for him. Sending love and prayers.