NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - William E. Hammond, 86, died March 16, 2013. Most people seek to be happy. Bill sought to be purposeful, useful, responsible, compassionate, to stand for something and to make a difference. In doing so, he not only made himself happy but uplifted those around him as well. Bill was born Oct. 11, 1926, in Wellington, New Zealand, to Avery and Bernice (Eaton) Hammond.
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In 1930 his family moved back to Bangor, where he grew up, attended Bangor schools and after graduation served in the Navy during World War II. In 1943 he met and in 1948 married the love of his life, Florence Gunn. Bill's early careers were with New England Telephone then Libby Foods. In 1959 Bill and Grenville Jordan started a building and development company named Jordan & Hammond. Ken Rowell later joined to replace Gren. The company created five major subdivisions in Cape Elizabeth, Portland and Scarborough. The last one was Olde Millbrook. It was way ahead of its time with more than 100 acres of commonly owned green space, community pools, tennis courts, ball field, playground and a stable. Bill didn't just build houses, he created a community. In 1968 Bill started American Realty and soon affiliated with ERA Real Estate. In 1970 he bought the ERA master franchise for the state of Maine and in doing so brought real estate franchising to the area. By 1985 ERA was the largest real estate organization in the state completing one out of every four residential transactions. ERA of Maine was the most successful real estate franchise in the state and among the top for ERA in world. Bill served as a director of Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce, was a trustee of Cumberland County Civic Center, served on the building committee of Cape Elizabeth Methodist Church and was a very dedicated supporter of the Good Will-Hinckley Home. Throughout his life Bill enjoyed automobile collecting, boating with his family, travel with his wife, Flo, and their friends, a little golf and perhaps most of all, entertaining others with his stories and jokes. Bill and Flo retired in 1988, dividing time between their two favorite states, Maine and Florida.
Bill was predeceased by his parents; and his sister, Helen Ludden. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Florence; and his son, Steve and Martha, and their children, Kim, Nicole and Michael Morneault and Avery; his son, Brad and Tracy, and their children, Nicholas, Danielle, Dustin and John.
A celebration of his life is to be held 7 p.m. July 10 at Cape Elizabeth Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107. Donations may be made to the above named church. Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 23, 2013