The Rev. Robert Lee Hammett

Jamie Linger

Robert L. Hammett (Bob) of East Chop and Manchester-by-the-Sea died on June 1, 2021, just after a quick sickness, surrounded by household. He was 92 decades outdated. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 29, 1929, to John Reynolds Hammett and Margaret Mahin Hammett, Bob grew up on Extended Island, in […]

Robert L. Hammett (Bob) of East Chop and Manchester-by-the-Sea died on June 1, 2021, just after a quick sickness, surrounded by household. He was 92 decades outdated.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 29, 1929, to John Reynolds Hammett and Margaret Mahin Hammett, Bob grew up on Extended Island, in Backyard City. Although growing up he was pretty active in the Cathedral of the Incarnation. He graduated from Back garden City Substantial University in 1947, and attended Wesleyan University, the place he loved staying a member of  Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, and been given a B.A. in historical past in 1951. Bob ongoing his training in Alexandria, Va., obtaining a master’s of divinity from Virginia Seminary in 1954. Adhering to his ordination, he moved to Darien, Conn., and took a put up as assistant rector at St. Luke’s Parish.

In 1956, he met Sally Vickery, a single of the parishioners, and they were being married on Sept. 28, 1957. In the course of his tenure at St. Luke’s, Bob contributed to the growth of their new church school curriculum, ahead of going on to be rector of  Christ Church in Sharon, Conn., in 1958.

Whilst in Sharon, Bob and Sally manufactured numerous lifelong pals. Bob answered the bishop’s phone to turn out to be concerned with the civil rights movement. He established up a area group to go over and advocate, which culminated in Bob boarding a teach and marching on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and hearing the “I Have a Dream” speech. Bob and Sally also welcomed their 1st two children, Rob and Lee, for the duration of their continue to be in Sharon.

In 1962, they determined to obtain a house on Martha’s Vineyard in Oak Bluffs, as a area to put down summertime roots. Situated on East Chop, the house overlooked the Audio and was a area of lots of fond times and reminiscences for a few generations of Hammetts. Sitting down on the porch looking through was one of Bob’s favourite pastimes. He also savored a excellent match of chess with his grandchildren, and could typically be located with a paintbrush and easel, portray the lighthouse, the relatives house, and quite a few other familiar Island scenes. His art could generally be observed at the yearly Summer Art Present at the Tabernacle in the Campgrounds.

Bob was manager of the East Chop Beach front Club for two summers, and assistant manager of the Shiretown Inn for a quick time period.

In 1966 Bob took a posture at Emma Willard College, exactly where he taught faith and served as the college chaplain. In the course of his tenure there, he and Sally welcomed their 3rd kid, Whitney. Though at Emma Willard, Bob traveled to England on a Mellon grant, studying early childhood instruction, and subsequently was instrumental in the generation of the Emma Willard Children’s Faculty in 1972. He was the director of the preschool for 3- and 4-12 months-olds, which added kindergarten in 1973. A lot of far more lifelong friends, faculty and students, came into Bob’s lifestyle for the duration of this time.

In 1975, Bob took around as rector at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury, Conn., assisting with their children’s college and also getting element in art reveals. Next that, Bob and Sally and family members moved to Needham. Bob served as rector of St. John’s Parish in Newtonville from 1981 to 1993. Bob was very concerned in creating a greater congregation which involved several younger people, helping with Sunday school curriculum, and quite a few diocese assignments and pursuits.

In the ’80s and ’90s, as Bob and Sally beloved to travel, they did a couple “parish exchanges,” expending time in England preaching and touring. They also loved browsing Europe and Israel with mates from their Sharon times. He and Sally often celebrated New Year’s on Cape Cod with the very same team of excellent mates every 12 months.

Sally and Bob moved to the Winery 12 months-round in 1994 immediately after Bob’s retirement, shifting Sally’s residence-based mostly small business, College student Excursions, with them. Bob retained himself hectic assisting with childcare for his granddaughter, Rilla, and later on he obtained associated with Havenside Company, an inexpensive residing advanced for island elders. He served as president of the board for lots of years, and he was honored with a developing named right after him in their elaborate.

In the 1990s, Bob also was associated with the undertaking to establish a new library in Vineyard Haven. He labored really hard on their fundraising and scheduling committee, was president of their board, and was affiliated with the library by means of the late ’90s and into the 2000s.

In his later many years, Bob and Sally moved off-island to be nearer to his young son, Whitney, and his family, dwelling in West Yarmouth and later on Manchester-by-the-Sea. Bob enjoyed his grandchildren, regardless of whether they were living upcoming doorway or descending on the house at East Chop for the summer months. He normally appreciated their discussions, and watching their tennis matches and college sporting events.

Bob’s spirituality touched so several lives. Deeply thoughtful, sort, and unconditionally accepting, Bob was a man who was sought soon after. His tranquil demeanor enabled individuals in need to appear to him for help, which so several did. His accurate depth of listening, alongside with a incredibly succinct feeling of humor, produced for numerous a fantastic conversation.

Bob leaves behind his a few kids and their people: Robert and Deborah Hammett, and their daughters, Rilla and Emily Lee Hammett Peterson and her two little ones and grandchild, Gretchen Anstett, Douglas Peterson, and Sarah Anstett and Whitney and Allison Hammett and their sons, Noah, Eli, and Walker. He also leaves behind a niece, Polly Davis, and a nephew, Tim Davis. He was predeceased by his brother John Reynolds Hammett, and his loving wife of 63 decades, Sarah Vickery Hammett.

A company for the family is prepared for summertime 2021, and a larger sized, East Chop celebration will comply with at some level. It is questioned that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to both of the subsequent: Havenside Corporation, 145 Main St., P.O. Box 1418, Winery Haven, MA 02568, or Saint John’s Parish, 297 Lowell Ave., Newton, MA 02460.

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