Salem – Dick, 71,
died Saturday in Salem. He was born in Webster, Massachusetts,
and grew up in North Grosvenordale, Conneticut. Dick moved to
Georgia in 1971 to Jacksonville, Florida in 1985 and finally to
Salem in 2004. He served in the US Navy as an air traffic
controller mainly on Aircraft Carriers from 1956 until his
retirement in 1975, serving two tours in Vietnam.
Dick was a coin dealer
all of his life, owning and operating his own coin shop in
Florida. He was a member of the
American Numismatic Association, Florida United
Numismatists Inc., and Salem Coin Club. Dick was a nationally
recognized token and metal expert, and the Author of Excelsior
Shoe Company Tokens book. For the last five years, he assisted
Monte at Monte’s Coins and More in Stayton. Dick enjoyed
collecting coins, and watching sports, especially the Boston
Celtics and the Boston Red Sox.
He married Judith Ann
Ramage on August 13, 1988 in Woodbine, Georgia. Dick is survived
by his wife: Judy of Salem; Sons: James Hamel of Atlanta,
Georgia, and John Hamel of Brunswick, Georgia; Step-daughter:
Holly Ann Cain of Truckee, California; and cousins: Lawrence
Bellerose and Annette Sauss.
At his request there
will be no services. Contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society. Serving the family North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.