John Hammond obituary

“The self-elected king of Linden Gardens”

One of Chiswick’s long term residents, lover of pub quizzes and organiser of street parties John Hammond has died. He was 78.

His children Johnny, Charlotte Harriet describe him as “a sociable, charming and chatty guy who was the self-elected king of Linden Gardens.” He also lived in Arlington Gardens in the 1980s and Fairlawn Avenue for the last few years, where he was a regular at the Duke of Sussex.

John and his wife Gayle, who predeceased him, lived first at Arlington Gardens, until 1989 when their daughter Charlotte was born, then at Linden Gardens for the rest of the girls’ childhood, where Charlotte remembers her father organising street parties.

“He used to invite the police, whoever was on duty at the station, the firemen from the fire station and his pals from the brewery” she told The Chiswick Calendar. “It was the social event of the year.”

“He was a PR man by trade” his son Johnny told us, setting up his own firm Hammond and Deacon, promoting mainly food and drink brands.

“He was very much a London man, always up in town organising client breakfasts, lunches and dinners, but at weekends and in the school holidays we were always in Devon” said Charlotte. “We had the best of both worlds – London day school and covered in mud at the weekends.”

He liked to go shooting at weekends, and was a lover of Landrovers and Rangerovers. When not in Devon they spent family time enjoying Chiswick House Gardens and Richmond Park.

“He loved a drink and a dance. He had a great sense of humour, and where he went people followed. He had a great way of getting people together to have a good time.”

In the last few years he suffered from dementia. Born on 16 March 1946, he died on Wednesday 5 June at Lister hospital in Stevenage at the age of 78. His funeral will be at St Michael & All Angels Church on Wednesday 26 June at 2pm. Flowers and contributions to Dementia UK welcome.

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