John Cecil Hammond, 90, of Dover, died Friday, March 26, 2010.


Friends of the late John Cecil “JC” Hammond, 90, of Dover, may call on the family at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover, where services will be held at noon.

Mr. Hammond died Friday, March 26, 2010, in the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford.

Born Nov. 16, 1919, in Dover, he was the son of the late Elmer Hammond and Pearl Ware Hammond.

Mr. Hammond was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.

He owned and operated his own refrigeration repair shop, Hammond Refrigeration, in Dover for more than 50 years.

He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Dover, the Camden/Wyoming Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge No. 1903, Dover, the Del Vets, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Hammond loved to sing, dance, play the organ, and go sailing. He enjoyed his trips to Spence’s Bazaar with his brother-in-law, Paul Edwards, and his trips to Ocean City, Md.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Hammond in 1984; and his longtime companion, Catherine Fragale, on Sept. 8, 2008; and his brother, Elmer Hammond.

Mr. Hammond is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Helen and Paul Edwards of Dover; several nieces and nephews; and the children and grandchildren of Catherine Fragale; a great-grandchild; and his sister-in-law, Kitty Hammond.

Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.

Arrangements are by Torbert Funeral Chapels, Dover.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Hammond’s name may be made to the Delaware Hospice Center, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901; or the American Parkinson Disease National Association Headquarters, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Parkinson Plaza, Staten Island, NY 10305-1425.

Letters of condolence may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.