Walter Clarke Hammond, 54, of Leesport PA, passed away suddenly on November 18, 2021. Clarke was the loving husband of Dawn M. (Rotter) Hammond and the beloved father of Olivia Marie Hammond and John (Jake) Clarke Hammond II. Clarke was born on October 4, 1967 in Wilmington, DE, to Linda A. and John R. Hammond. He grew up in Delaware and loved his summers at Dewey Beach. He attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and after graduating, moved to Reading, PA, where he met his wife. He has worked as a Culinary Arts Instructor at Berks Career & Technology Center (BCTC), Leesport, PA, since 2003. He loved his students and loved seeing them grow and love the craft as much as he did. Clarke was known and loved by many and has served in various roles over the years. He was a coach for the Schuylkill Valley Flag in youth football programs and loved watching his son and teammates play football. He also volunteered in several roles for the Schuylkill Valley Youth Swim Program, where he enjoyed watching and cheering on his children. Clarke was also the Northeastern Secondary Education Commissioner for the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation and recently received his prestigious Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) certification from the ACFEF of which he was extremely proud. Clarke loved her family above all else and cherished time spent with her children. Over the years, the family has enjoyed camping with friends, vacationing in Jamaica, or just spending a quiet night watching movies or playing games with the family. Being the chef that he was, Clarke loved to entertain and cook for family and friends and was known to go “on top” with everything he did. Clarke was known for his jokes and loved to have fun. He would never pass up an opportunity to prank someone and was the life of the party. Everyone loved him for his sense of humor, his lovely smile and his infectious laugh. Clarke was predeceased by: his paternal grandparents, Dr. John C. and Charlotte Hammond; maternal grandparents Sever L. Hopperstead and Marjorie (Hopperstead) Hoch; father mentioned above; Uncle Richard I. and Aunt Katherine (Hammond) Lewis; and cousins ​​Daniel Lee Short, Nicky D. Lamaster and Jeff Blanchard. In addition to Clarke’s wife and children, he is survived by his mother, Linda (Hopperstead) Hammond, Leesport, PA, sister Amy and husband ED Lamaster, Bridgeville, DE, brother John (Jay) Hammond , Felton, DE, his mother-in-law, Diana Blade, Coopersburg, PA, father-in-law, Paul Rotter and wife Debbie, Port Charlotte, FL, and brother-in-law Paul Rotter and wife Lesle, Douglassville, PA, as well as many of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who loved and cherished him very much. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 701 Penn Street, Reading, PA. Covered parking is adjacent to the hotel and parking is free with ticket validation provided in the hotel. Visitors are welcome between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dress code will be casual and light refreshments will be provided. We welcome all who wish to stop and celebrate this beautiful soul who has touched so many lives. Instead of flowers, a scholarship fund is being created for culinary arts students at BCTC who plan to attend its alma mater, the Culinary Institute of America. Checks can be made payable to BCTC with a note on the memo line, Hammond Scholarship Fund, and mailed to Judy Ulrich, c / o Business Office, Berks Career & Technology Center, 1057 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533 We will also have a collection box at the memorial service.

Posted by Reading Eagle November 23-24, 2021.