Raymond F. Hamm Jr., 81

Date Published: 
Sept. 29, 2017

Raymond F. “Ray” Hamm Jr., 81, of Bethany Beach, Del., passed away on Sept. 23, 2017, after a long illness.

Born Sept. 29, 1935, in Rochester, N.Y., Hamm graduated from the city’s Aquinas Institute. He spent his 33-year career as a right-of-way agent with the New York State Department of Transportation — first in Rochester, then later in Albany. In addition to supervising the Property Management Unit, Hamm eventually led special projects, including the state’s highway sign program, and represented New York on the Northeast Rail Task Force.

Hamm earned his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., and his master’s degree in urban development from the University at Albany, SUNY.

He was dedicated to his family. A leader of his daughters’ Junior Girl Scout troop and his sons’ Boy Scout troop, Hamm also taught religious education at St. Madeline Sophie Parish in Guilderland, N.Y., where he was also president of its Parish Council. After he retired, Hamm served as a certified ombudsman for the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities in Schenectady, N.Y.

When he relocated to Delaware, Hamm volunteered through the Fenwick Island Lions Club, assisting with preschool eye exams and delivering for Meals-on-Wheels. He was an avid runner, swimmer, biker and, later, a walker. He loved to travel and explore (Madeira was his favorite destination) and to collect historical replicas of lighthouses, vintage toy automobiles and railroad paraphernalia.

Hamm was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Loretta Hamm, of Rochester, and his siblings Richard, Carol and Herbert. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Yvonne (Diamond) Hamm; his daughters, Jacqueline Hamm of San Francisco, Calif., Theresa Fudge of Broomfield, Colo., and Kathleen Hamm of Arlington, Va.; his sons, Raymond Hamm of Arlington and Patrick Hamm of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; his grandchildren, Katherine, Kristyn and Jameson; and brother, Robert Hamm of Rochester, N.Y.

A private family service was to be held. A memorial service will be held May 11, 2018, at St. Ann’s Catholic Parish, Bethany Beach, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Holy Childhood, Attn: Rose Marie Pape; 100 Groton Pkwy.; Rochester, NY 14623 (www.holychildhood.org).