Rolf T. Hammer
Grantham, N.H. — Rolf T. Hammer passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family in Grantham, in the Eastman community on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
Rolf was born on May 28, 1937 to Jean and Olaf Hammer in Manhattan, N.Y.
Rolf, a retired innkeeper, owned and operated The Homestead Inn in New Milford, Conn., for 18 years. At that time he served on the Connecticut Tourism Council and is past president of the New England Inns and Resorts Association and Connecticut Lodging Association. Rolf received the “Most Valuable Volunteer Award” from the AH&LA. He was also awarded the “Tourism Person of the Year” award by the Connecticut Tourism Council.
Prior to inn keeping, Rolf had a 25 year career with Champion International Corporation and held a B.S. degree from Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. After college Rolf served in the New Jersey National Guard, 50th Armored Division.
After the sale of the Homestead Inn Rolf operated a part-time handyman business in Orleans, Mass. Recently he and his wife Peggy moved to the community of Eastman in Grantham, where he was very active on various committees in the community.
Rolf is survived by his beloved wife Margaret of 51 years; daughter Nancy Goodwin; son-in-law David Goodwin; grandsons Taylor and Connor Goodwin of Sudbury, Mass., and Zachary and Dillon Hammer of Ashland City, Tenn.; sister, Karen Hammer Perry of Scarborough, Maine; and his brother Donald Olaf Hammer of Redbank, N.J. In addition he is survived by sisters-in-law Joan Steuer Halstead and Barbara Hammer; nephews Walter Hall Halstead IV, Paul Frederick Halstead, Christopher Perry and Erik Perry; and nieces Laurie Toohey, Susan DeMarzo, Donna Darragh and Kathleen Ann Fortner.
Rolf is predeceased by his son David Olaf Hammer and his brother Paul Mayfield Hammer.
All are welcome to a memorial service at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Newport, N.H., March 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. Reception immediately following at South Cove Recreation Center, Eastman, in Grantham, NH. In Rolf’s memory donations may be made to the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, P.O. Box 2209, New London, NH.
Chadwick Funeral Service of New London, N.H., is assisting the family with arrangements.