Neil HAMM

Neil HAMM

HAMM Neil (Cornelius)

We mourn the loss of a true gentleman. Neil (Cornelius) Hamm passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014, in the presence of loved ones, at the age of 83. Neil was born on November 19, 1931 in Schoenau, Ukraine. He and his family endured a difficult journey from Ukraine to freedom in Canada via Germany in 1948. In 1960 he moved to the US making his home in San Jose, CA. He began his career as a machinist, and later became a co-owner of K&K Manufacturing. Neil and his partner were integral in the early commercial development of Dell Avenue in Campbell CA, and he remained active in real estate until his passing. Neil loved golf and travelling the world. He was known to be fair, generous and kind. He had a discerning palette and love of good wine. He was devoted to his family. Because of these things he leaves behind many valued friends near and far – from the Almaden Country Club where he once served as Club President, to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Winnipeg, Canada. Neil is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Mary Hamm, and by siblings Mariechen and Franz in childhood. He is also preceded by his daughter Cheryl (Chambers) De la Torre and her infant son. Neil is survived by his sister Helen Wiebe and brother John Hamm and wife Elma of Canada and their families; daughters Tracy Bezmalinovic and husband John and Christine Johnson; granddaughters Samantha Martinez, Sierra Johnson, Ana Karina De la Torre and Mia Bezmalinovic. He is also survived by son-in-law Joaquin De la Torre, wife Mandy and son Evan; and his stepson Eric Chambers. He is lovingly remembered by his long time companion Helene Dyck and her children. Neil wished to thank Ruth and Jim Heisch for their unending friendship. At Neil’s request no services will be held. His ashes will be taken to the final resting place of his parents in Canada. A celebration of life will be held in the New Year. As a friend recently said, ‘The world would be a better place if there were more Neil Hamms in it.’


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