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John Hammond

May 23, 1976 - November 22, 2022


John Russell Vernon Hammond, 46, passed away on November 22, 2022, in a tragic house fire in Cowichan Bay, British Columbia.

John was born to Hugh and Joan-Marie (Bawden) Hammond in Prince George. He came into this world two months premature, and mother and baby were transported by air ambulance to Vancouver shortly following his birth. His fighting spirit and determination first showed itself during this time, and he grew into an athletic and active boy, with a particular talent for soccer.

At the age of two, John’s family moved to Vancouver Island, where John would spend the majority of his life. After his parents’ divorce in 1981, he and his brother Michael would spend their summers in Saskatchewan, but regardless of where life took him, John would always return to the Island, the place where his heart belonged.

John graduated from Ladysmith Secondary School in 1994, and pursued a career as a contractor, with a particular talent for woodworking. He had a well-earned reputation for high-quality work, and on several occasions provided general contracting services for family members in Ontario.

In 2003, John crossed paths with Marianna, a young woman living in Shawnigan Lake. Though their relationship ultimately didn’t work out, they were blessed with a son, Kalan, and were best friends for years thereafter.

Despite the various struggles John had in life, he was known throughout as a caring person who you could always count on for help. He will be remembered for his big heart, his generous spirit, and his unwavering loyalty.

John was predeceased by his father Hugh and his mother Joan-Marie. He is survived by his brother Michael (Lixin), his son Kalan, his son’s mother Marianna, and his niece Stephanie, with extended family concentrated in Saskatchewan and Ontario.

A memorial service will be held at H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre in Duncan, on February 11th at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Warmland House Shelter (cmhacowichanvalley.com/warmland_house_shelter) in John’s memory.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Dolores Peruzzo
Relation: Marianna ,Kalan's mom is my cousin

Gone too soon and you will be missed for your kind and warm heart. May you rest easy now. Sending much love and healing light to all that knew and loved John.

From: Janes V. (Joanne) Hammond
Relation: uncle and aunt on the Hammond side

On behalf of Jim and Joanne Hammond we had the honor of John’s company for several summers when he visited his father Hugh (Sharon) on the farm in Sask. During these visits John got to know his family on the prairies. Taking part in community social and sporting events as well as helping on the farm. Later in life as a young man John worked for a season on Hammond Farms.We admired his personality, his warm smile,his talent and his built in potential.We will miss John,we will not forget John All our love to the family. Uncle Jim and Auntie Joanne

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
February 11, 2023
Beginning at 1:00pm

HW Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre
5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L 6W3

5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L 6W3

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