|Birth: ||Sep. 26, 1926|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 22, 2008|
New Hampshire, USA
Francis Gerald (Gerry) Hambrook died May 22, 2008, at home with his family, following a short illness.
Gerry was born to Mary (Travis) and Harry Hambrook on Sept. 26, 1926, and raised in Scotia, N.Y. He enlisted in the army at the age of 17. He graduated from Scotia High School and attended Syracuse University under an accelerated military program.
Gerry was in the 10th Mountain Division and served in the Philippines, he was in a landing craft under the fantail of the USS Missouri when the Treaty was signed and among the first ashore in Tokyo for the invasion. He served as a communications chief during the occupation of Japan. After his active duty, he served in the Reserve.
In September 1949, he married Mary Frances Reeves. He graduated from Paul Smith's College in Paul Smiths, N.Y, in 1950, with an A.S. in forestry, where he was president of the Drama Club and secretary of the Student Council. In 1952, he graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in forestry.
For many years, he worked as a consulting forester and land surveyor. In 1952, he established Hambrook Land Surveying in Sandwich. He was a past member of the N.H. Association of Consulting Foresters. He was a past president of the N.H. Land Surveyors Association, a five-year member of the Board of Registration, having been appointed by Gov. Walter Peterson, and a five-year member of the Board of Licensure.
Fire Protection was a real passion in his life beginning in Scotia as a boy, where he enjoyed watching the harnesses dropped onto the horses. He joined the Scotia Fire Department as a teenager in the early years of World War II. While at Paul Smith's College, he helped begin a college fire department using war surplus items. He was a member of the Sandwich Fire Department for 46 years and served as chief for 28 years. During his time as chief, both the Central and Whiteface fire stations were built, the rescue squad was formed, and the fire auxiliary (Sirens) and the Junior Fire Department were started. He served for many years as the town Forest Fire Warden. He was a member of the committee that developed the Lakes Region Fire Mutual Aid System, served on the executive committee for many years and served as its chairman. He also was a member and past chairman of the LRFMA Fire School Committee.
In his early years in Sandwich, he directed several fundraising drama productions for the American Legion, The Lions Club and for Saint Charles Church. He was on the town Boy Scout Committee and the Mead Base Committee and served many years as Acting Boy Scout Master. He was a founding member of the UNH Parents Association and served a term as co-president with his wife, MF.
Gerry also a played a prominent part at the Sandwich Fair each year, most recently being in charge of the parking. He was an active member of the East Sandwich Chapel Association. He was formerly active in local law enforcement.
Gerry was a communicant at St. Charles Barromeo Church in Meredith and served as an usher. He had previously served on the Parish Council and as an Eucharistic Minister.
Most important to Gerry was his family. He was predeceased by his wife, MF, with whom he raised eight children.
He is survived by his children, Sue and Bill Greene, Molly and Howard Seaver, Kathy and Dan McDonald, Patty and Kip Kermoian, Bridget and Tom Barker, Mike and Debbie Hambrook, Jim and Cindy Hambrook, and Abby Hambrook; his grandchildren, Evvy Greene and Jesse Sanguedolce, Herb Greene, Erin and Eric Geib, Bri Greene, Trevor Greene, Maggie, Sam and Tim Barker, Corey, Patrick and Laura Hambrook, Emma and Alicia McDonald, and Ryan and Kate Hambrook. His sister, Peg MacDonald, of Vernon, Conn., and numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
Calling hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, Routes 3 and 104, Meredith, on Monday from 2-5pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be held in the Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Meredith, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. The Very Rev. Dennis J. Audet, V.F., pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will follow in the Vittum Hill Cemetery, Sandwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sandwich Fire and Rescue Assoc., 23 Wentworth Hill Road, Sandwich, NH 03227. Visit the online guest book at www.fosters.com Published in Fosters from May 24 to May 25, 2008
M F Hambrook
Mary Frances Reeves Hambrook (1927 - 2004)*
Vittum Hill Cemetery
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: Ms. Clyde
Record added: Dec 21, 2012
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