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Susan Hammond

Susan Rose Hammond (Gallagher)

December 10, 1941 - March 4, 2021
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Obituary

CHELMSFORD – Susan Rose (Gallagher) Hammond, 79, formerly of Chelmsford, MA and a longtime resident of Fairport, NY passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Edmund Thompson “Stubby” Hammond, Jr., with whom she shared 35 years of marriage and 5 children before his passing in 2002.

She was born on December 10, 1941 in Lowell and was the daughter of the late Charles Leo and Louise (Kennedy) Gallagher.

Susan was raised in Chelmsford and was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Tyngsboro, Class of 1959. She attended Marymount College and Suffolk University in Boston, MA where she received her bachelor’s degree in Art. Later, she attended Nazareth College in Rochester, NY where she received her master’s degree in Education.

Susan and Stubby raised 5 children together. She adored being a mother and a grandmother to their 12 grandchildren. She would often say the greatest joy of her life was being a mom.

Susan’s other greatest joy in life was teaching. She was the reading teacher at St. Pius X (Tenth) School in Rochester, NY. After returning to Massachusetts, she worked at the Arlington School in Lawrence before finishing her career at the James F. Hennessey School in Lawrence. She had a profound impact on her students’ lives just by being the kind, nurturing soul that she was.

Susan loved the beach, especially summers growing up in Hampton, near Plaice Cove and time spent on Cape Cod. She enjoyed art, traveling and being a part of her community. In her spare time, Susan enjoyed drawing and painting. More than anything, she loved her family and especially cherished time spent with her twelve grandchildren. She was truly a sweet and generous person who had a gentle spirit. Susan will be remembered as a loving person who had a smile that lit up any room.

She is survived by her sister, Louise Gosselin of Chelmsford, MA, and her brother, Charles Gallagher of Hampton, NH, her 5 children; Wendy Brooks, and her husband, Christopher Brooks of Durham, NH, Monique Boisvert, and her husband, Eric Boisvert of Northfield, NH, Meredith Kaufman, and her husband, Josh Kaufman of Groton, MA, Andrew Hammond, and his wife, Becky Hammond of Grafton, MA, and Daniel Hammond, and his wife, Amy Hammond of Windham, ME, her grandchildren; Edmund Hammond, Sam, Charlie, Aidan, Mae, and Ganya Brooks, Emma and Erin Kaufman, Ava, Nolan, and Addison Hammond, and her newest grandchild, Meara Hammond.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00pm in the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen Street, CHELMSFORD. Due to gathering limitations, Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately. You are kindly invited to view the Mass of Christian Burial live on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 11 am. Please visit chelmsfordcatholic.org, click LIVEVIEW, then St. Mary LIVEVIEW.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Susan’s memory to the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Head Start Program.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    March 9, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    March 9, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    Address
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Mary Cemetery
    Address
    90 River Road
    TEWKSBURY, MA 01876
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Janet Wysokowski

Posted at 08:13am
Dear Danny, Andy, Meredith, Monique, and Wendy,
Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mom. She was a beautiful person, inside and out... loving, caring, and so full of life, and she had that rare combination of gentleness and strength. It seemed she could see the positive in any situation. . We couldn’t have asked for a better babysitter for our boys, and I will always remember the day I met her at your house on Whippletree... she felt the need to confess that her house wouldn’t always be as neat and tidy as it was that day 😉, but it was clear that it would be filled with love and caring, and lots of (safe) fun! I knew I was in the right place. I know you all will miss her greatly and hope you will keep telling the stories that make you smile and laugh, and keep talking to her. I also know that she loved family above all else and I’m sure- even though years have gone by- that many of her wonderful qualities live on in you all.
Janet & John Wysokowski
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Margo Schmidt

Posted at 09:21pm
To Wendy, Monique, Meredith, Andy & Danny,

Our deepest sympathy to all of you and your families on the loss of your Mother, Susan. Your Mom and Dad
were the very first people we met when we bought our first house on Whippletree Road in Fairport. We loved them from the very first moment we met them. Susan was the kindest, most caring person I have ever met. She had a huge heart and loved everyone. As busy as she was raising her own children, she always had time for everyone else and cared about their families as much as her own. I watched her funeral today on Live Stream, and felt very sad afterwards as the world lost a beautiful sole. Susan was truly a beautiful person. She was gentle and kind all the time. I know you will all miss her very much. Cherish all the wonderful memories of your Mom, because they are very special. Our love to everyone in your family.

Margo, Fred, Kara, Fred Schmidt Jr.
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Bob Majeau

Posted at 11:13am
I am very sorry to read about the passing of this old friend. I remember growing up and Susan lived across the street on Woodlawn Ave. She and the entire Gallagher family were wonderful people that I will never forget. They were special to my entire family. I am sorry that I was not able to attend her wake.
Bob Majeau and family
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Mary Kay, Erin and Chris Schmidt

Posted at 07:45pm
To Wendy, Monique, Meredith, Andy and Dan
We were so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was the gold standard when it came to caring, supporting and loving. This was true not only to her friends, neighbors (and their kids) and students but most especially to you guys. I know it is hard to lose parents but I am sure she and your Dad are looking down and loving you still and forever.
Love and prayers
The Schmidts, Mary Kay, Erin and Chris
TW

Tom & Pat Wallace

Posted at 07:10am
We are so very sorry for your loss. Susan was truly a beautiful lady in all ways. My mother used to say that Susan was so beautiful she looked like Elizabeth Taylor, but Susan's personality was every bit as beautiful. She was so kind and loving. Susan and I sat together at so many hockey games while Danny and my son TJ played. I loved listening to Susan's stories. My daughter Mary Beth often sat with us because she had to attend her brother's hockey games. Mary Beth never complained about attending a game when Susan was there because she made my daughter feel so special. While Susan was being so kind toward everybody her husband Stubby and my husband were yelling at our sons and attempting to coach from the bleachers. Susan and Stubby were such a wonderful couple. To know them was to love them. Whenever I reminisce about my son's hockey days I always think of the Hammond family and all the fun times we shared with them. Susan was genuinely interested in people and made the world a better place. Heaven gained an angel and I'm sure Susan is reunited with her beloved Stubby.
Tom & Pat Wallace
Penfield, NY
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