Jaffrey / New Ipswich

Motorcyclist killed in Rte. 124 crash

Community mourns Frederick Hammann, 43

  • A vehicle struck a motorcyclist at the corner of Route 124 and Hillcrest Road in Jaffrey on Wednesday afternoon.
  • A vehicle struck a motorcyclist at the corner of Route 124 and Hillcrest Road in Jaffrey on Wednesday afternoon.

JAFFREY — Family and friends will remember Frederick “Fred” Hammann as a man who got the most he could out of every day. Hammann, 43, a Navy veteran and New Ipswich resident died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Jaffrey on Wednesday afternoon.

Some time shortly before 3:47 p.m. when the accident was reported, Frederick W. Hammann, 43, of New Ipswich, was driving a 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Route 124, when police say he was struck from behind by a white 2001 Ford F-150, driven by Ralph J. Calistro, 69, of New Ipswich, according to a press release issued by N.H. State Police early Thursday morning. At the time, authorities say Hammann was making a legal right-hand turn onto Hillcrest Road. Hammann suffered serious bodily injury and was transported by Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance to Monadnock Community Hospital, where he later died, according to the release.

Calistro and a male juvenile passenger were transported to Monadnock Community Hospital by Peterborough Fire Department Ambulance to be checked; no injuries were reported.

The cause of the accident is still unknown, and is under investigation by the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit and Jaffrey police. Hammann is survived by his wife of 12 years, Michaelle, his sons, Kaleb Sather, 16, and Parker Hammann, 11, and his beloved dog, “D-O-Gee,” according to Hammann’s obituary.

Hammann graduated from Keene High School and entered the U.S. Navy in 1990; he served four years, splitting time between the Persian Gulf, the Philippines and Japan. After serving in the Navy, Hammann began working at what is now known as EMD Millipore in Jaffrey in April 1996, according to Millipore Site Executive Assistant Jennifer Gifford.

Longtime friend and coworker Kel Lawrence of Bedford met Hammann while the two worked together at Millipore. Lawrence said his entire family is close with the Hammanns. “Fred and I rode our motorcycles at least once a week. I would always see him getting out of work and he would always have a plan for everything. We also went to the shooting range together,” Lawrence said in and interview Monday

In fact, Lawrence said Hammann was on his way to Pelletier’s Sport Shop in Jaffrey after work on Wednesday to pick up some ammo so that Hammann and his stepson, Kaleb Sather, could go shooting at the range he built in his backyard.

Hammann had been working at Millipore for more than eight years as a maintenance tech and was recently transitioning to becoming an engineering tech, according to Gifford. Ed Madigan, a production manager at Millipore, had been serving as Hammann’s supervisor for the last three years. “Fred was energetic and enthusiastic,” Madigan said. “He wanted to get things done. If I could take his energy and pass it on to everyone, that would be nice. Work and family were the two most important things in [Fred’s] life.”

Coworker Lilah Kelley of Keene remembered Hammann for his sense of humor. “He was always helping, and always funny,” Kelley said. “I’ve been [at Millipore] eight years, and he was a big part of what kept us running. He was always happy; can’t say I ever saw him in any other mood. I work second shift, so I always saw him as he was leaving. He always had something funny to say.”

Hammann was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping, fishing, hiking and off-roading, among other outdoor activities.

EMD Millipore acknowledged Hammann’s death and allowed anyone who wished to attend his burial Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cournoyer Funeral Home in Jaffrey to do so.

Hammann will be buried with military honors at the Village Cemetery in Marlow today at 2:30 p.m. Friends with motorcycles are asked to gather at the Cournoyer Funeral Home at 1 p.m., with the procession scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

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