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Leo M. Hammond, 72, of Wilmington, N.C., passed away peacefully from complications of diabetes on Nov. 6, 2017.
He was born in Beverly, Mass., April 1, 1945, to the late John E. Hammond and Elizabeth (Peyton) Hammond.
Leo is survived by his wife, Betty Bland Hammond; children, Susan E. Flanagan and husband, Joe of Statesville, N.C., James M. Hammond and wife, Elizabeth of Charlotte; and step-son, Michael Bland and wife, Karen of Wilmington; grandchildren, Jessie Flanagan, Will Hammond, and Lauren Bland; sister, Theresa Withers of Buhl, Idaho; sisters-in-law, Janet Hammond and Katherine Hammond, both of Beverly; his first wife, Barbara Egan, formerly of Peabody; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers, William, John and Gregory.
Leo was a US Army veteran and graduated Bishop Fenwick High School. He started a 40-plus year work career with the General Electric Company in Lynn and subsequently moved to the new aviation plant in Wilmington, N.C. His leadership, advice and willingness to work with cross-cultural teams helped establish Wilmington as a leader in manufacturing of complex jet engine rotating parts worldwide. Leo was always willing to take the time to teach and explain these very difficult processes to an inexperienced team.
Leo was an avid sports fan, focusing his energy on his beloved Red Sox and UNCW baseball and basketball. He spent nearly 15 years sharing his love of basketball with the youth of Wilmington, coaching St. Mary's girls and boys recreation teams, winning a girls' North Carolina State Recreation Championship. He loved golfing and spent many rounds "perfecting" his game with friends, associates, and the GE Golf League.
Arrangements were handled by Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. Online condolences may be given at www.andrewsmortuary.com.
Published on  November 14, 2017
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