Stalwart employee of Home Hardware retires

Last day's wages for Hammer is donated to a local charity

Frank Hammer (second from left) is given a fond farewell from his Parksville Home Hardware co-workers and bosses

Frank Hammer (second from left) is given a fond farewell from his Parksville Home Hardware co-workers and bosses

In his mid-70s, Frank Hammer wasn’t quite finished working with Home Hardware. This, after starting with the company in 1957 in Ontario — when it was known as Hollinger Hardware. It didn’t become Home Hardware until 1964.

At the end of 1995, Hammer was retired after a long career that saw him rise from an employee on the ground floor, to western area manager for the company. After many years working that job from Edmonton, Hammer would join his son Paul in a Home Hardware building centre business in Alberta. He also has a daughter, Christine. He did that for almost five years and, eventually, he moved to Parksville, a place in which he and his wife, Elaine, had always wanted to live.

Once on Vancouver Island, Hammer found himself needing a little more to do in his spare time, so he called on some folks he knew from his Home Hardware days. Bill and Carol Ormiston own the Parksville Home Hardware and had worked with Hammer since Bill’s family took over the store in 1985.

The local couple were more than happy to give Hammer a part-time job, a job he was on for the last three years.

Hammer, 79, has officially retired and the Ormiston’s recently paid tribute to the long-time Home Hardware man.

“I had no experience when I first started,” Hammer recalled, “but it was a great job. The first thing I did on my first day was unload two truckloads of netting. I’ll never forget that.”

His job as western area manager had him traveling across western Canada.

“I’ve spent more time in airports than you can shake a stick at,” he said, adding he has met a lot of great people in the business as well.

Over his 17-year-plus career with Home Hardware, Hammer saw the company’s humble beginning grow to a 1,050-store chain across the country, employing close to 900 people corporately, by the time he first retired.

To complete his career with the company in Parksville with the Ormistons, has been a full-circle journey for Hammer.

“It’s been great,” he said. “I’d always wanted to move here and we’ve never regretted it.”

Sharing his years of experience and knowledge with the Parksville Home Hardware crew, Hammer was a great co-worker, said Carol.

“Frank has been a huge inspiration for our staff,” added Bill. “We will all miss him, as he has been an enjoyable and happy person to work with.”

On his last day, Hammer decided to donate his wages to the Salvation Army, to help local people in need.

“I think it would be great, working for a day and having those wages got to a charity,” he explained. “It’s the right thing to do.”

Now going into his second retirement, Hammer said he plans to spend more time in his garden, look after his home and remain active in St. Edmunds church.

The Ormistons said he will be missed, and thanked Hammer for his years of service with Home Hardware — especially their own store for the last three years.

 

Just Posted

The Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society will get more funding from the Regional District of Nanaimo. (Submitted Photo)
More PQB communities to fund Lighthouse Country Marine Rescue Society

RDN to introduce amendment to service bylaw contribution

A slide on best practices when reporting a suspected impaired driver that was presented to Parksville city council on June 7 by Margarita Bernard, a volunteer with MADD. The organization’s Report Impaired Drivers campaign involves the installation of informative signs within the City of Parksville. (Mandy Moraes photo)
MADD brings campaign to report impaired drivers to Parksville

Aim is to raise awareness that 911 should be called

Pam Bottomley (executive director), right and Sandy Hurley (president) of the Parksville Downtown Business Association visit the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
PQBeat: Downtown Parksville gears up for post-pandemic bounce back

Podcast: Hurley, Bottomley chat about what’s ahead for the PDBA

(Black Press file photo)
RCMP: Air ambulance called to Whiskey Creek after crash involving 2 motorbikes

Both riders taken to hospital with serious injuries

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

For more than a year, Rene Doyharcabal and a small group of neighbours in Langley’s Brookswood neighbourhood have been going out every evening to show support for first responders by honking horns and banging pots and drums. Now, a neighbour has filed a noise complaint. (Langley Advance Times file)
Noise complaint filed against nightly show of support for health care workers in B.C. city

Langley Township contacted group to advise of complaint, but no immediate action is expected

A nurse prepares a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Thomas
Vancouver couple pleads guilty to breaking Yukon COVID rules, travelling for vaccine

Chief Judge Michael Cozens agreed with a joint sentencing submission,

An inmate in solitary confinement given lunch on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. THE CANADIAN/Lars Hagberg
22-hour cap on solitary confinement for youth in custody still too long: B.C. lawyer

Jennifer Metcalfe was horrified to hear a youth had spent a total of 78 straight days in isolation

Flowers and candles were laid on the driveway of the Weber home, where Kerri Weber was found dead in November 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria man to stand trial for death of his wife last November

Ken Weber is charged with second-degree murder of his wife, Kerri Weber

The discovery of a missing woman’s body in Nanaimo earlier this month is now being treated as homicide, say Nanaimo RCMP. (File photo)
Discovery of woman’s body in downtown Nanaimo now being investigated as a homicide

Amy Watts was found dead near Albert Street and Victoria Crescent on June 3

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens as Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents the province’s latest budget, April 20, 2021. The budget projects $19 billion in deficits over three years. (Hansard TV)
B.C. government budget balloons, beyond COVID-19 response

Provincial payroll up 104,000 positions, $10 billion since 2017

Ocean debris is shown on Long Beach in Tofino, B.C. on April, 18, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Shoreline cleanup finds COVID-related trash increased during height of the pandemic

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup reports litter from single-use food packaging nearly doubled

Most Read