John Hamlet McCormack - 28th December 1945 – 17th November 2020

"Hammo" as he was known to most of us died from a stroke on Tuesday 17th November, after his health deteriorated over the last few months.

Hammo came into my life as a 14 year old when he was courting my sister. We became firm friends and Robyn and I were the "tag along youngies" with them and some of their friends. John and Ellen got married in 1968 and had two lovely daughters, Bonnie and Sarah.

John's father was a Scottish motor mechanic who liked fast motor bikes and cars. Hammo inherited all of his father's traits.

My association with Hammo wavered a bit after his divorce but was rekindled in 1998 when my niece invited us to visit Hammo as they were camping at Warburton over Xmas. We arrived on the appointed day and sat around a campfire over a cup of tea and it did not take long to pick up where we had left off some 10 years before. It was at this reunion that Hammo introduced me to the Triumph TR Sidescreen. A few weeks later I had purchased my own TR Sidescreen resto. Hammo did remarry and he and Sally produced John and Amy. Young John has inherited his father's interest in the Triumph TR Sidescreen and fast cars.

Although I am deeply saddened by John's passing I will never forget him or the times we spent together. We have become firm friends with Hammo's second family and we look forward to seeing them grow and carry on the McCormack dynasty.

Rest In Peace Hammo and Happy TRing          Gary Waite

Hammo on the Left at the 1992 Echuca Concours (with Bruce Spunner)

I will always remember him at the '92 Concours when the numbers were smaller and the attendees introduced their wives.
Hammo stood up and said: "I'm John McCormack and I'd like to introduce my wife BRUCE" It brought the house down!
A great bloke and a good friend, he will be missed -

2002 Concours Swan Hill

A bunch of three John McCormacks to the right - Echuca 2013