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Dick Hammond Passes

Posted: September 10, 2008

Dick Hammond, author of Tales from Hidden Basin, Haunted Waters and A Touch of Strange, died September 10, 2008 in St. Mary's hospital, Sechelt. Hammond, born in 1929, was one of the last of the old-time Howe Sound log salvors and was said to be the inspiration for the CBC television series The Beachcombers, though he did not welcome the connection. He did use a small fast boat to do his beachcombing and he could be a trifle obstinate at times, but he was also a voracious reader of great books, a philosopher of no mean accomplishment and a collector of rare operatic recordings. He turned his hand to writing with publication of Tales from Hidden Basin in 1996, recounting stories told by his father, Hal Hammond. Dick revealed himself as a natural writer, capturing the spirit of pioneer life on the coast as few had done before.  Publisher Howard White says, "Dick Hammond's stories are a mixture of tall tales and rock-solid authenticity that makes him an absolute delight to read. He was a true BC coast original whose work belongs on the same shelf as Muriel Blanchet and Jim Spilsbury. Harbour is privlleged to have been his publisher." He is survived by his wife, author Jo Hammond of Gibsons.