Douglas J. T. Hamm of Sackville N.B. died on January 31st, 2017. He was born in Lunenburg N.S. to the late J. Henry and Luetta G. Hamm.
Following graduation from Lunenburg Academy in 1939 Doug accepted a position with the Canadian Bank of Commerce at Bass River, N.S., transferring to Shelburne and Amherst, N.S. respectively. In 1941 he enlisted in the RCAF and following training in navigation he joined 409 "Nighthawk" Squadron at Lille Vendre-ville, France. Doug was also a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After the war Doug began a career with Atlantic Wholesalers Limited located in Sackville, NB. In 1962 he was appointed President, a position he held until his retirement in 1983.
A strong and proud supporter of his community, he contributed in many ways. As a member of St. Paul's Anglican Church he served as church warden, treasurer, vestryman and for 49 years as a member of the choir. He was a member of Branch 26, Royal Canadian Legion, Sackville Rotary Club, Kinsmen K40, and Sackville golf and curling clubs. He was past Master of Lebanon #28, Masonic Lodge and was awarded the William G. Quinn medallion in 2002 by Grand Lodge for dedicated service.
Doug supported the Sackville Memorial Hospital, the Heart and Stroke Foundation (N.B.) and was a former board member of the Victorian Order of Nurses, a past director of Atlantic Industries Limited and board member of Central Trust and Central Capital. In 1991, at Mount Allison University convocation ceremonies, he was presented the Board of Regents medal in recognition of his 18 years on the Executive Committee.
He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed many trips fly fishing for salmon on the Southwest Miramichi. He was also an amateur artist and did many oil paintings of scenes on the Tantramar Marsh; actively enjoyed his many years as a member of the Sackville Golf and Curling Clubs; but most of all loved his time spent at the family cottage in Murray Corner where he indulged his passion for early morning swims in the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait.
Doug was a longtime Active Member and Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Sackville.
Mount Allison’s Rotaract Club is putting on a chilli cook off on February 18th from 6pm-8pm as part of the Sackville Winter Carnival. The event will be located at the Bill Johnstone pavilion and $5.00 will get you any 3 cups of chilli of your choosing. After enjoying the chilli’s, you will be able to vote for your favourite chilli of the night. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards purchasing school supplies for Syrian Refugee children expected in Sackville. Do you have a chilli recipe you would like to enter? If so please email email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
Pam Harrison was in Toronto recently, on her way to 4 months in the sun. As luck would have it she was staying in Toronto at a hotel that is hosting Syrian refugees, maybe 200 or more. Yesterday morning these two refugee children saw snow for the first time. They just didn't know what it was! So cute to see their reaction.
The family of four was leaving to meet their host family in St Johns, NL. They were very well dressed and very excited. He showed me his paper work because they did not speak English. They would take a shuttle to the airport and Fly Air Canada to NL.
This the first of many adventures that this family will encounter in Canada. Just landing in the season's biggest snow storm would be their first.