Cornelius D. Hammond Jr., 53, driver for florist

May 07, 2002

Cornelius D. Hammond Jr., who formerly drove a delivery truck for a Baltimore florist, died Saturday of a heart attack at his East Baltimore home. He was 53.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ellicott City, Mr. Hammond was a graduate of Harriet Tubman High School. He enlisted in the Army and served during the early 1970s as a medic.

He was a driver for Flowers By Gina D, a North Charles Street florist, for many years until retiring in 1995 on a medical disability.

His marriage to the former Patricia Thomas ended in divorce. In 1981, he married Eula Canada, who survives him.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at New Zion Center of Hope, 8565 Main St., Ellicott City.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Torraine Hammond of Columbia; six brothers, Donald Hammond, Franklin Hammond and Ronald Hammond, all of Baltimore, Courtney Hammond and Kirk Cobbs, both of Columbia, and Eric Cobbs of Ellicott City; seven sisters, Beverly Brown, Connie Boardley and Joan Rees, all of Baltimore, Frances Hammond and Jackie Jones, both of Ellicott City, Deborah Hammond of Randallstown and Michelle Hammond of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and six grandchildren.

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