In Memoriam: Eugene L. “Bud” Hammer III

We are saddened to announce that Bud Hammer, President and General Manager of Atlantic Westchester, died peacefully on June 13, 2023, after a short but very courageous battle with Leukemia. His beloved wife of 33 years, Lisa, and his brother David were at his side.

Bud was a giving and thoughtful soul and will be missed and remembered by the many lives he touched. Always kind and quick with a grin, Bud was the consummate cheerleader who loved to talk and engage in deep conversations on any topic that piqued his curiosity. Forthright and honest, he was deeply passionate and focused on lifting others up and helping them be the best version of themselves.

With his business partner and wife Lisa, Bud successfully grew Atlantic Westchester from the small “mom and pop” operation started by his parents to a multi-faceted commercial and industrial HVAC enterprise offering intelligent, energy-efficient building management systems. Under his leadership, Atlantic Westchester earned several prestigious awards, and was recognized as a pioneer in environmentally friendly HVAC solutions.

Bud was a strong believer in giving back to the community. In 2020, he was selected as Board Chair of United Way of Westchester and Putnam after joining the Board in 2017 and co-chairing its resource development committee and annual golf event. Bud also had a deep love for the New York Rangers, fast cars, classic rock and the blues, and the game of golf. He was rarely without his signature baseball cap, quick wit, willing attitude, and infectious smile. 

A lifelong resident of Westchester County, Bud was born in White Plains, NY. He graduated from Pace University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing where he met his future wife and business partner Lisa (Fiorenza).

Bud will be greatly missed by his loving wife Lisa and their pets as well as his brother David Hammer, his wife Megan and family; his sister-in-law Laura Fiorenza and family; his brother-in-law Frank Fiorenza and family; and his countless beloved friends and colleagues.

We greatly appreciate all the lovely messages and condolences that we’ve received; it has been very moving.