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John A.L. Hamel, 76, of Gardner, died peacefully, Friday, May 22, 2020, in UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, after a 14-year long battle with Leukemia.
Born in Gardner on March 31, 1944, he was the son of the late Lucien and Loretta (Robichaud) Hamel. He was a graduate of Gardner High School with the Class of 1961 and would later attend Leominster Trade School to become an electrician. John was a self-employed electrician working for 45-years until his retirement in 2007. John served in the United States Army Massachusetts National Guard from 1964 to 1970.
John was a parishioner of Annunciation Parish of Gardner. He was a member of the Deep-Sea Club and the West End Beagle Club, both of Gardner. John loved the outdoors, especially on the water, and for over 20-years spent time at Lake Monomonac. He loved going camping, boating, and fishing. John was a handyman and enjoyed remodeling houses. But the time that John truly cherished was time spent with his family.
John is survived by his wife of 53-years, Nancy A. (Brigham) Hamel of Gardner; two sisters, Pauline Lepkowski and her husband David of Gardner, and Jeanne Bubnel and her husband Dick of Gardner; a grandson, Ethan John Hamel; a step-grandchild Zoie Beddall; a step-great-grandchild, Jayce; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his son Eric Hamel, who died in 2012; a daughter, Amy Hamel; and a brother, Raymond Hamel.
John will be buried at Woodside Cemetery, Narrows Road, Westminster.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, New York, 10573 Attn: Support Services, or on their website at (www.lls.org). Please reference in memory of John A.L. Hamel.
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