We live in a strange new world where you can be friendly with people you've never met. Shawn Hammond was a devout listener of Toronto Mike'd who tweeted at me often as @ledzephead, always with a thoughtful observation about an episode or simply to support me and what I do.
Here's a tweet from Shawn Hammond to me from last July.
Shawn mentioned that we share the same birthday, and I knew this because he'd always tweet at me on June 27th. Here's his Happy Birthday tweet to me from 2020.
I thought it was strange when I didn't hear from him yesterday. After all, I did hear from him this past weekend. Here's his last tweet to me, on June 25, 2022, and it's about one of our favourite bands, The Tragically Hip.
This morning, I received news that Shawn Hammond passed away on Sunday, the day before what would have been his 51st birthday. I'm gutted.
If Shawn's family is reading this, please know that I always looked forward to reading his thoughts and truly appreciated his support, particularly during these trying past few weeks.
Shawn, a Q107 fan, was looking forward to episode 1071.
My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved Shawn. I'm going to miss him.