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COOPERSTOWN - Stephen Hammond Jr., 83, of Cooperstown, died Feb. 28, at Bassett Hospital following a long bout with cancer.
Known to all as Buddy, he was a familiar figure at local hot spots such as the Cooperstown Diner, and was known for his outgoing personality and wonderful story-telling.
During his working years, he was a teacher and school principal, and also ran two craft and jewelry stores on Main Street in Cooperstown with his wife Jean, the Hammond Gallery, Silver Shop, Silver Rings and Country Things. He was also a published writer, an artist and musician, a golfer, an antique collector and a Yankees fan.
He loved life and lived it to the fullest.
Buddy is survived by his loving wife of more than 60 years, Jean, a jeweler and craftsperson who was a vendor at the Cooperstown Farmers' Market for many years; four children, Stephen, Matt, Topher and Carol; three grandchildren, Stephen, Jimmy and Thea; and two great-grandchildren, Malia and Talia. Buddy also had numerous other relatives and a pet Newfoundland named Howard. All will miss him dearly.
Published on March 5, 2018
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