Lillian Gammon, 55-year employee of Sawyer's Jewelry had legendary work ethic

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LACONIA — Lillian Gammon, a 55-year employee of Sawyer's Jewelry Store who passed away on Sunday, is remembered fondly for her work ethic and ability to know every detail of the business.

“If you told Lil that you couldn't find something, you knew for sure that it was on its way to being found,'' said owner Bob Sawyer, who said that in recent years Gammon had been in charge of all the store's inventory.

''She was marvelous. Everything she did, she did well. She was ...

LACONIA — Lillian Gammon, a 55-year employee of Sawyer's Jewelry Store who passed away on Sunday, is remembered fondly for her work ethic and ability to know every detail of the business.

“If you told Lil that you couldn't find something, you knew for sure that it was on its way to being found,'' said owner Bob Sawyer, who said that in recent years Gammon had been in charge of all the store's inventory.

''She was marvelous. Everything she did, she did well. She was a person who was proficient at whatever she did,'' said Sawyer.

Sawyer said that Gammon had once headed up the repair department and was very knowledgeable about the sterling silver, flatware and china and had managed the company's Plymouth store for 12 years.

He said that even though Gammon had been battling pancreatic cancer for over a year, she continued to work right up until the third week of January this year.

''I knew that the work here was a big part of her life and felt that she could work here as long as she wanted to,'' said Sawyer.

Gammon's daughter, Tammy Cote, said that her mother and father had vacationed in the Lakes Region in the 1950s and moved to Laconia from Moncton, New Brunswick in January of 1957. Both had worked at Eaton's, a large department store in Moncton where her mother had been in charge of the cosmetic counter.

Gammon landed a job at Flower's Pharmacy but only worked there for six weeks before being hired at Sawyer's Jewelry by Jack Sawyer.

Cote says that over the years Jack and Ellie Sawyer relied on her for a variety of duties and would have her accompany them to New York City for buying trips, always taking in a show at the Radio City Music Hall.

''Mom loved to travel and she also loved to dance. My father had a band and even after they divorced and he moved to Florida they were still best friends.''

She said that for years her mother never missed a Friday night at the Top of the Town in Belmont where she liked to dance.

And last December Cote took her mother and her 15-year-old daughter to the Wang Center in Boston to watch the famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.

Cote says that her mother instilled her and two her brothers with her work ethic, which was so strong that she couldn't ever remember her taking a day off from work when she was sick.

''Even when she was battling cancer she wouldn't call in sick. She scheduled her chemotherapy on for her days off,'' said Cote,

She said that her mother died just four hours before her 81st birthday. ''I think she was hanging on at the end just so she could make it to 81 years old,'' says Cote.

Sawyer said that Sawyer's Jewelry Store will be closed this Saturday in honor of Gammon so that her co-workers will be able to attend her funeral service which be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in the family lot in Bayside Cemetery, followed by a reception.

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Lillian Gammon, who worked at Sawyer's Jewelry Store for 55 years, is shown with Jack and Bob Sawyer in this 1981 photo taken when Sawyer's opened its Plymouth store. (Courtesy photo)