John Pearson Hammond of Wilton, a former Darien resident who spent part of his life building Internet companies, died on Friday, March 9. Mr. Hammonds, 66, was the husband of Suzanne Simons Hammond.

Born on March 28, 1945, he was the son of the late Carleton and Dorothy Hammond. Mr. Hammond grew up in Darien and Chatham, Mass. He graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., and later earned his master's of business administration from Columbia University.

Mr. Hammond started his career in the finance department of GMAC in New York City, later leaving to join Phelps Dodge Corp. As an officer of Phelps Dodge, Mr. Hammond was asked to relocate to Arizona, but could not leave his East Coast roots, his family said. He then worked to build and manage the Woodworker Store in South Norwalk. Mr. Hammond spent the rest of his career building hi-tech Internet companies.

Mr. and Mrs. Hammond lived in Wilton for 38 years. Mr. Hammond served several terms on the Wilton Zoning Board of Appeals.

Mr. Hammond had many passions in his life, his family said. "His love of the ocean came from a long family history of sea captains in Chatham, they said. "His love of the mountains grew from his many summers spent at Camp Dudley in Westport, N.Y. Most recently, John had devoted much time to his love of education through his support of Colby Sawyer College in New London, N.H."

Besides his wife of 42 years, Mr. Hammond is survived by his brother, Paul Hammond and his wife Paige of Westport; brother-in-law, John Simons and his wife Patsy of Cincinnati.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 13, at, 10:30, at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Ave., Westport. Burial will be in Cape Cod. Memorial donations may be made to Camp Dudley's Annual William J. Schmidt Scholarship Program, Camp Dudley, 126 Dudley Road, Westport, NY, 12993 or to Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London, NH 03257-7835.

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