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Hall of Fame Mourns Passing of Fran Hamel

By George Mulry, 05/04/20, 3:30PM EDT

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The International Volleyball Hall of Fame is saddened to share news of the unexpected passing of longtime member, Past President, and Mintonette Award winner Fran Hamel.


L-R: 1989 Inductee Michael O'Hara, Fran Hamel and 1989 Inductee Doug Beal at the 2005 IVHF Induction

The IVHF is saddened to share news of the unexpected passing of longtime member, Past President, and 2009 Mintonette Medallion of Merit Award winner Fran Hamel.

Fran was a strong supporter of the Hall of Fame for over three decades.  He served the Hall in many capacities since joining the Board in 1986 including Board Member, Induction Committee Member, Selection Committee Member, President (twice), Special Events Committee Chairman and much more.

Fran was instrumental in shepherding the Hall of Fame/Spalding relationship for over 30 years. A 35-year Spalding employee, Fran helped make numerous international connections through his world-wide network at Spalding such as assisting with contact of the family of 2008 Honoree Sinan Erdem of Turkey when efforts through normal channels were fruitless.

A retired International Credit Manager at Spalding, Fran is survived by his wife Pat and children Jennifer and Jeff and grandchildren Jack, Lucas, Quinn, Chase, Ella and Cora. 

He will be greatly missed.