Fred died peacefully
at St. Joseph's Hospital in Guelph on Sunday November 7, 1999 after
a long illness.
His cheerfulness and
generosity will be missed by his family, friends and employees of
For over 60 years
Fred helped to build Hammond Manufacturing with his brothers Len,
Roy and Ken into one of Canada's oldest and largest electrical and
electronic equipment manufacturer.
An amateur for more than 70 years,
Fred started building radios in 1923 and became a Radio
Amateur in 1929. He was elevated to the Canadian
Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 1996 and -- among
other accolades -- had been named Canadian
Radio Amateur of the Year and was recently honoured
by the Quarter Century Wireless Association for his 70 years .
His contributions to Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio causes are
Fred and his long time friend Tom
Wong VE7BC were responsible bringing China back on the air
in 1983 with BY1PK.
ARRL Executive Vice President David
Sumner, K1ZZ, recalled Fred as an enthusiastic and generous
supporter of the ARRL. ''Fred was one of our most loyal
benefactors,'' he said. ''Hammond Manufacturing Company cabinets
grace W1AW and the ARRL Lab through his beneficence.''
to ARRL Audio News
A favorite personal project of
Fred's was the Hammond
Museum of Radio. It recently was reorganized and reopened
to continue his vision of preserving the history of radio for
present and future generations. This is a "must
see" for anyone visiting the Guelph area. (45
minutes West of Toronto)
Fred was a founding
member and past President of The Southern Ontario Chapter 73 of the
Quarter Century Wireless Association. Through his
leadership he built the local chapter to the largest chapter in the
Services were held Thursday November the 11th from the Harcourt
Memorial United Church in Guelph where
a celebration of Fred's life was eulogized by Martin
Rosenthal VE3MR and Fred's two sons
Bill and Rob
Many friends from around the world
have been paying tribute to Fred at the Hammond
Museum of Radio Guestbook.
If your life has been touched in some way by Fred, the family would
appreciate your comments.
for a tribute from the Sanderson Hour
to read the eulogy by VE3MR
Letters and cards of condolences to
the sons and family may be sent c/o
394 Edinburgh Road