Victor L. Hamrick, 57, Comcast SportsNet engineer

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Posted: January 03, 2013

BEHIND every good TV broadcast is a dedicated technician who helps to make it happen.

In the case of Comcast SportsNet, the man behind the scenes was Victor L. Hamrick, a bearded free spirit who might just as easily have been found playing a guitar, camping in the wilds or wandering the earth.

He died Dec. 28 of smoke inhalation from a fire the previous day at his home in Claymont, Del. He was 57.

"He was a good friend and mentor to many, had a great sense of humor and was always willing to lend a hand," said Dave Finocchiaro, senior director of engineering for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

"He had a thirst for technology and was always ready for a challenge. He would dive right in to research new ideas. He loved to explore the world, whether by land, sea or air and would go on great adventures."

Victor was born in Elkins, W. Va., to Clinton E. and Nancy Baker Hamrick. He graduated from high school there in 1973 and enlisted in the Air Force. He served for six years as an avionics mechanic stationed at Hill Air Force Base, in Utah.

He studied physics at Westminster College, in Salt Lake City.

He worked for 20 years as an engineer for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, TV home of the Phillies, the Sixers, the Flyers and the Union. Previously, he worked in the same capacity at KSL-TV, in Salt Lake City, and at QVC, the home-shopping network.

"He loved music and playing the guitar," his family said. "He also enjoyed camping and was a free spirit and a lover of life."

Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Linda Shiflett and Chris Fincham, and two brothers, Clinton E. II and Gregory.

Services: Memorial service noon Friday at the Marvil Funeral Home, 1110 Main St., Darby. Friends may call at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Victor L. Hamrick Memorial Fund, c/o Citizens Bank of West Virginia, P.O. Box 449, Beverly, W. Va., 26253.

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