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Alrick P. “Al” Hammar, Sr., 86, a longtime resident of Pelham and Windham, N.H., died Monday, August 7, in Derry, N.H. He was the loving husband, for over 50 years, of the late Mary (Milinazzo) Hammar, who died in 2001.
Born in Lowell, Mass., February 13, 1931, a son of the late Alrick J. Hammar and the late Flossie (Greenwood) (Spence) Hammar, he attended Pelham schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School with the Class of 1949.
He was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Pelham and St. Matthew Church in Windham.
Al was a self-made businessman well known in many communities. As the eldest of his three siblings, Al worked many jobs at a young age to help his mother raise the family due to his own dad passing early. He was a well-known and talented artist and sign painter for many retailers in the area.
Once married and on his own, he and his wife, Mary, founded Hammar & Sons Signs, a business that began in the 1950s, employed all of his children at one time and is still a fixture today. His unique style could be recognized on presidential, county and local political signs, grocers’ windows, billboards and property signs to name just a few.
In the 1970s, while still operating his business, Al served the Town of Pelham as a Selectman. Among many other projects while he was in office, providing housing and a gathering place for seniors in town was the most fulfilling accomplishment he was a part of.
He also operated Hammar’s Art Studio, where local artists could depend on to get their supplies, and many households, their beautiful paintings and framing.
Al was part of several associations and committees including the Fish Hatchery where his love for fishing took him to stocking many of the area’s ponds with trout. His leisure time was spent with family and friends at Cobbett’s Pond in Windham entertaining, boating and of course, fishing.
His survivors include his five children Alrick, Jr. and Brenda Hammar of Rumney, N.H, Michael and Celine Hammar of Pelham, Richard and Susan (Hammar) O’Rourke of Longwood, Fla., Mark and Erika Hammar of North Andover, Mass., and Carl and Laura Hammar of Middleburg, Fla.; his brothers-in-law, Peter Milinazzo of Nashua, N.H., and Charles Santos of Nashua, N.H.; his sister-in-law, Kathleen Hammar of Bedford, N.H.; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was also predeceased by his brother, Philip Hammar; sisters, Pauline Santos and Suzanne Babin; his father and mother-in-law, Peter and Susan (Gangi) Milinazzo; brothers-in-law, Louis Milinazzo, Robert Milinazzo and Frank Babin; sister-in-law, Barbara Milinazzo; and daughter-in- law, Deborah Hammar.
Friends may call at the Pelham Funeral Home, 11 Nashua Road, Pelham, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Friday morning at St. Patrick Church, 12 Main St., Pelham, at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at the Gibson Cemetery in Pelham. E-condolences/directions at www.pelhamfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to https://www.gofundme.com/conquer-britts-breast-cancer. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr.
Published on  August 16, 2017
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