Dr. Hamer's Story
Dr. Hamer Lacey, 91, retired pediatrician, husband of Charlotte Sawyer Lacey, died April 29, 2016.
He was born in Keene, N.H., on January 29, 1925, to the late Walter and Elizabeth (Faulkner) Lacey. Hamer joined the Navy after an unsuccessful stint at boarding school. He served on the USS Thorn in WWII. Upon his return from service, he enrolled at Boston University where he completed his undergraduate degree and graduated from medical school. In 1948, he married Marjorie Peterson. He served his residency at Children’s Hospital in Boston before moving to Gloucester to begin his practice in 1953.
Dr. Lacey served Gloucester as a pediatrician for 36 years. In that time his skill, sense of kindness, and understanding of mothers and children made him an important part of the community. Many remember his candor, his house calls, his bow ties, and his ability to put mothers at ease. He served as Chief of Staff at Addison Gilbert Hospital. In 1961, he ran and served on the school committee as a response to the John Birch Society’s efforts to remove particular books from school libraries.
After retiring in 1989, Dr. Lacey was able to pursue his other interests. His love of jazz and classical music can be found in his music collection as well as in his children and grandchildren. He loved art and travelled extensively, visiting museums and churches whenever possible. His gardens were extraordinary. He read extensively, worked with wood, and played a mean game of cribbage. In 2001, he lost his wife of 53 years, Marjorie P. Lacey.
In 2003, Hamer met and married Charlotte (Sawyer) Lacey. Together they travelled in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. They were active in anti-war activities in Gloucester, Boston and Washington, D.C., and in the Gloucester Universalist Unitarian Church, where Hamer served on the Music and Liturgy Committee.
Hamer’s life was about making the world a better place with his medical practice, letters to the editor, personal relationships, gardens, and charitable giving. He often let parents know when he noticed them handling their children lovingly.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; sister, Ninon Chaet; children, Carolyn Porter, David, Mark and his wife, Sue Ferhmann, and Peter and his wife, Colleen; grandchildren, Elizabeth Grammas and her husband, Corey, Amanda Cook and her husband, James, Robert Porter and his wife, Laurel, Emily Gordon, Dulcinea Lacey, Jonathan Lacey and his partner, Nina, and Stephen Lacey; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Andrew, Noah, Elijah, Caleb and Piper Grammas, Abigail and Samuel Cook, Richard, Evelyn and Isabel Porter and Jacob Lacey; stepchildren, Natasha Balsom, Lisa Conley, Nancy Liburd and Karl Fish; step-grandchildren, and many friends and patients. He was predeceased by wife, Marjorie; his brothers, Tom and Buddy; his brother-in-law, Bernard Chaet; and his daughter, Judy.
There is no service planned.
In lieu of sending flowers, plant flowers, preach peace, make things, vote Democrat, drink Ballantine Ale, eat head cheese, percolate coffee, undercook your eggs, listen to Fats Waller, do the New York Times crossword in pen, or donate in his name to Pathways for Children.