Jim "Bugsy" Hammond

October 10th, 1945 - September 17th, 2018

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Jim “Bugsy” Hammond, age 72, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 17, 2018, from complications of lung cancer.  Born in New Eagle, PA, October 10, 1945, he was a son of the late Alexander and Elizabeth (Welsh) Hammond.

After serving with the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam War, he returned to Erie, working as a machinist at Lord Corporation.  In 1971, he began his lifetime career as a machinist, foreman, and supervisor with Union Iron Works/Riley Stoker Corporation, later becoming Babcock Power, where he advanced with the corporate office to later retire as Senior District Sales Manager, Midwest Region.  In retirement, he was a driver for Brugger Funeral Homes.

Jim’s passion was golf, if not playing, then following the pros on television.  He enjoyed the friendships of the Elk’s, Lord’s and Blessed Sacrament Usher’s leagues.  Every May, he traveled to golf in Oglebay, WV, as a member of the Oglebay Knights.

He was a lifetime member Erie Elk’s Lodge 67, where he was active in numerous activities, particularly with the veteran’s committee.  He was past president of the Blessed Sacrament Ushers Society. 

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Janet (Romanowicz) Hammond; a son, Jamie P. Hammond, Sewickley, PA, and a daughter, Bridget K. Surovick (Adam), Clovis, NM; three grandchildren, Kyle and Nora Hammond, and their mother, Teresa Hammond, and Riley Surovick; sisters and brothers-in-law, especially bingo buddies and fellow travelers, Bobbie and Brian Hammer, Erie, and Karen and John Mitchell, Philadelphia; numerous nieces and nephews, including Joyce and Tom Bevan, Brian and Chrissy Bevan, Christine and Craig Stoker, Matt and Morgan Hammer, Rev. Jay Mitchell, and Adam and Nicole Hammer; a sister, Sandra Staff ; Godsons, Bryan Painter and Matt Magyar; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Mae Buckles, Bette Warren, Alex, Jr., and Bob Hammond.

Friends may call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard, Friday, November 2, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at which time a service will be conducted by Elk’s Lodge 67.  Private burial will be in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery.

Memorials may be designated to Elk’s Lodge 67, Veteran’s Activities Fund, 2409 Peninsula Drive, Erie, 16506,  Emmaus Ministries, 345 East 9th Street, Erie, 16503, or a charity of choice.