January 2, 1964 – August 29, 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of Darryl Hammond announces his passing on August 29, 2019, at the age of 55 at Toronto General Hospital with his family encircling him with love.
Darryl will be affectionately remembered by his lovely wife of 32 years, Michelle (nee Schoonbaert); and his children, Chelsea (James and Taydem), Cassandra (Cody), Mackenzie, and Spencer. Darryl will also be fondly remembered by his parents Dorothy and Keith Hicks; his brothers Kelly (Patsy) Hammond and Jason (Sarah) Hicks; his sisters Cyndi (Allan) Stewart and Shari (Larry) Vendsel; his sister-in-law Ruth Hammond; in-laws Brad (Christine) Schoonbaert and Danielle (Sean) Carroll; and beloved nieces and nephews.
Darryl was predeceased by his father Clayton; brother Dennis; nephew Clayton; and niece Jessica.
Darryl lived life full on with love and generosity, humor, perseverance, and hard work. His big smile and quick wit brought fun and joy to all who knew him. Darryl was raised in Boissevain, MB and attended Brandon University and University of Victoria, where he attained his Master’s Degree in Economics. He worked hard from a young age and had a rewarding life. Darryl developed and managed the RoadWise safety program at MPI, and was a Communications and Marketing Specialist who taught at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, and at Red River College in Business Communications and Management until the end of his career. He was a contributing author on a number of publications in the areas of Business Administration, and Communications, including co-writing a textbook.
With his family and friends, Darryl was the king of fun. There were nonstop adventures with weekends at the lake soaking up the sun, captaining his boat and taking the kids water skiing, tubing and fishing. The family enjoyed road trips to British Columbia and day-to-day humorous encounters. Every event in Darryl’s life had a beautiful, matching music playlist. At home, Darryl made delicious meals and would serve them saying, “made with love.” He could design and build whatever we asked for (especially if he could buy a new tool). He always looked for ways to help others, expecting nothing in return. His love for others was deep and true.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home 1291 McGillivray Boulevard, with reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Darryl’s honour to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Nature Conservancy of Canada
245 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 410, Toronto, Ontario M4P3J1
- Online Donations
- Memorial Service Saturday, September 7, 2019
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September 10, 2019
Dear Michelle & Family,
I am so deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Darryl’s passing. I will always remember Darryl at Mack’s soccer games cheering her on. Darryl always had a warm hearty hug every time you saw him. I just saw Darryl this summer at Cdn Tire. He was telling me all about this awesome sale on socket sets... LOL!! We chatted about our kids and what they were doing. It was a brief chat as somebody else was waiting to talk with Darryl. Little did I know that that was the last time I was going to get one of those bearhug hugs from him. I will cherish that warmth he shared always!!
Love, Marlene & Carlo, Larissa, and Carter Cerasani xoxoxoxo
September 9, 2019
So sorry to hear of Darryl's passing. He was definitely too young. My fondest memory of Darryl was practicing and singing a song with him, that I had written for graduation. We had a lot of fun doing it and his contribution was unforgettable. Thank you Darryl. Sending love and well wishes to Michelle, his children & his entire family. He will be missed. Marlene McFadzean (Koversky)
September 5, 2019
I grew up in the same grade as Darryl, in Boissevain School. He was so much fun to be around but more importantly...what I will always remember is his kind heart and the respect he gave me.
I’ll always wish I had taken the time to tell him thank you... for including me in your conversations, for respecting me and my views, and for your never ending kindness and sincerity. You touched my life in those growing up years and I will always remember you. Thank you Darryl.
September 5, 2019
It is with great saddness that I convey my heartfelt condolences to you.
I became friends with Darrel during Drama Club in high school. He was a wonderful person who was exceptionally fun to spend time with! During this time, Darrel had a niece or nephew whom he loved dearly and was learning to say his name. They couldn't say Darrel so called him Daydle...to this day, he is affectionately remembered as Daydle to me!
Thank you Daydle for bringing light and laughter into my life!! xo
September 5, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Darryl at RRC. We both started the same day both coming from MB Health. Darryl added so much life to the department with his kindness and humour. He would always be upbeat and inclusive, treating everyone with respect.
My sincere sympathy in your loss and may his joy of life and love surround you forever.