We are saddened to announce that Steve Hammond, 51, passed away on December 29, 2021.
Steve is survived by his loving family: mother and father, Linda and Richard; siblings, Chris, Kathy and Terry and sister-in-law Leslie, and many friends.
Steve was a special man. Whether as son, baby brother, coach, mentor, coworker, or friend, everyone knew him in an unique way. He was both a gregarious and generous friend and a reserved and private individual. He reveled in skillfully developing people into their best selves. He channeled his early passion for bodybuilding and competition into a fitness career. His career spanned more than thirty years, beginning as a Bally Total Fitness sales rep and ambitiously climbing the ranks to general manager. His abilities were recognized and he was offered higher ranking positions in the company both at Bally’s and later LA Fitness. He opted to forgo these opportunities so he could remain personally integrated with his staff and members. Steve could recognize the abilities of team members even before they did. He would encourage and guide them on a path to reach their full potential, even knowing it would sometimes mean they would advance to a position above him. Steve was one of a kind and if you had the chance to know him you were truly blessed. He had a heart as big as all outdoors. He would put others before himself and would help those in need in the manner that they needed most. Steve followed his convictions in all things. He would "work the problem" until resolved to his satisfaction.
An avid fisherman - fresh water or salt - if there was fish to be caught, Steve knew how to land ‘em. His favorite was salmon fishing in Pulaski, NY in the fall. He looked forward to that all year and always found a way to make it happen. He was an enthusiastic Philly fan, especially of the Phillies, Flyers and Eagles. Although far too short, his, was a life lived well. Steve will be missed by all who knew him, loved him or were touched by his kindness and generosity. Services are private. Steve was our little brother but a giant of a man. Please honor him by performing an act of kindness in his memory. The choice is up to you but ask yourself, what would Steve do?