James Edward “Jim” Hamm 73, of Plymouth Meeting, passed away May 12 2020, at Flushing, N.Y.
Jim was born Sept. 28, 1946 in Everett.
At age 18, Jim he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to join the Vietnam War and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he was sent to conduct a hydrographic survey for the Naval Oceanographic Office. For six months, he and the crew of the USS SUNNADIN (ATA 197), that was not equipped nor trained for survey work, steamed 21,457 miles in the waters off the coast of Vietnam. Our father was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medial with 1 Bronze Star and Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device.
After serving our country Jim was a longtime employee of the U.S. Postal Service in southeastern, Pennsylvania for 26 years.
Jim played softball (always hit home runs), was a baseball umpire, coached local and high school level basketball, anything to be involved in sports. He took us to Philadelphia Phillies games, including Game 4 of the 1980 World Series (they won over the Expos) and was a member of the Philly Phan Club. He spent time teaching us how to throw a football correctly, to keep the book for baseball games and enjoying a real Philadelphia pretzel (right out of a shopping cart).
Jim was an amateur photographer and passionately snapped photos of wildlife, covered bridges, Valley Forge Park and Civil War battlefields. He enjoyed trips to Gettysburg, Harper’s Ferry as he collected books about Civil War generals and paintings from his favorite artist, John Paul Strain.
Jim was predeceased by his mother, Julia Ann (Boyer), and father Albert Nevelin Hamm.
He will live on in the hearts of his children, Tiffany of Newington, Conn., and her husband Chris Gouveia, Todd of Parker Colorado, and his wife Jennifer; and Dawn Tucker of Leondartown, Md.; grandchildren Samuel, Madison and Rachael. Jim is survived by his brother, William Hamm and sister, Maryann Frauenfelder, both of Maryland, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim will be interred at Everett Cemetery next to his father. Services will be private, per Jim’s wishes.