Howard J. Hammer

DATELINE: MAHOPAC, NY

Hammer, Howard J., 76, died Friday, June 19, 2020 at Putnam Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Rochelle “Shelly” (Chupper) Hammer. Born in Brooklyn, NY, a son of the late Max and Anna (Dogawitz) Hammer, he was a lifelong resident of NY. He was a clinical pharmacist for Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY.  Howard was a longtime member of Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac.

Devoted father of Scott Hammer and his wife, Michelle, of Coventry, RI. Dear brother of Ilene Jacobowitz of Silver Spring, MD and Arthur Hammer of Bethesda, MD. Loving grandfather of Sydney, Zachary and Evan.

Funeral services and shiva will be private, with burial in Lincoln Park Cemetery in Warwick, RI. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

2 Comments

  1. Mary Kovoor
    Jun 22, 2020

    I had the pleasure of working with Howard for the past few years at Phelps Hospital. There was no kinder person. Howard was a true friend and a gentleman, who always put others before himself. I will miss him – he was a class act.

  2. Michael McGrath
    Jun 23, 2020

    I met Howard when he worked as a pharmacist in the Medical Arts pharmacy in Mount Kisco New York, in the early 70s. We had many wonderful conversations particularly about photography and cameras. When he found out that I was trying to save enough to buy a new single lens reflex he offered to put me in touch with a camera store who was very reasonable. Then he insisted on driving me down to Staten Island (where the camera store was located) from Mahopac. We had a wonderful time and I got a great camera. The trip back was over the Staten Island ferry (my first trip on the ferry) and of course, if you know Howard, he refused to take anything for gas or the trip. Howard truly derived his reward and enjoyment from helping people whenever he could, whatever he could do he would do. A wonderful personality, sparkling wit, a warm smile. He always had time to listen, always had time to provide suggestions and encouragement. He was just a great guy to be with if only for a few minutes. I would frequently stop by his office at Phelps if just to say hello, just to see his wonderful smile and to hear his warm and welcoming voice. Howard was and will always be in my mind a consummate professional, a true gentleman and a wonderful friend.

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