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Robert Charles Hamer III spacee Robert Charles Hamer III

Robert Charles Hamer III of Tiburon died Jan. 29 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 55.

Mr. Hamer was born in Queens, N.Y., to Barbara Tully Hamer and Robert C. Hamer Jr., the second of six siblings. He grew up in Freeport and Baldwin, N.Y., and later moved to Mendham, N.J., with his family.

Early in his career, he worked for Beneficial Data Processing Corp. and RCA's Solid State Division.

In 1978, his job took him from New York to San Francisco and he fell in love with the Bay Area, his wife said. He worked in various positions for Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

In 1984, he founded Primitive Logic, a line of products designed to work together to standardize messaging, security, data consolidation and mission-critical technology services for businesses. Mr. Hamer and his wife, Jill, were married in 1990. The two built Primitive Logic into a successful company. He served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors until 2009 and continued to serve on the board until his death.

He served on the Restoration Hardware board of directors' audit committee from 2005 to 2008.

Mr. Hamer and his wife were founding members of San Francisco's Opera's Bravo! Club and were actively involved in environmental issues and in supporting and mentoring at-risk youth, a family representative said.

When his boys were young, Mr. Hamer coached local Little League and soccer teams. The family enjoyed spending time at their second home in Los Cabos, Mexico.

"Bob's mind was always creating," said his wife. "He was passionate about architecture, curious about other cultures, thoughtful about global issues, and always caring about people."

In addition to his wife, Jill, Mr. Hamer is survived by two children, Dillon Hamer of Tucson, Ariz., and Kyle Hamer of Marina del Rey; his mother, Barbara Hamer of Sacramento; a sister, Regina Epperly of New Jersey; and four brothers, Brendan Hamer of Alaska, Andrew Hamer of Redwood City, Gregory Hamer of Las Vegas and Sean Hamer of Greenbrae; and many nieces and nephews.

Another son, Robert Hamer IV, died in December.

A celebration of Mr. Hamer's life will be held at 2 p.m. March 23 at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. Donations in his memory may be made to Hunters Point Family, 1800 Oakdale Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124.

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