Ray Hamilton, 102
Chebeague Island – Raymond L. Hamilton, 102, crossed the bar on Sunday January 6, 2013. He was born on Chebeague Island on December 12, 1910, the son of Alfred and Florence (Wentworth) Hamilton. He was educated in Island schools.
A lifelong lobsterman he was still doing some fishing when he was 90. His daughter Gail has very fond memories of going out with her father during summer vacation when she was a teenager. Ray was known as a story teller, recounting experiences on the ocean and with friends on the Island. He was also a jokester.
Ray had a few choice words of wisdom: "Hard work is the fountain of youth because it keeps your blood boiling"; "Refraining from smoking and drinking helped to keep me going"; "Those who sit on their posterior are no good at all" – just to name a few.
Ray is survived by his daughter Gail Johnson and her husband Bill of Levittown, PA; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a large extended Island family. He was predeceased by his wife of 40 years, Mabel (James) and his sister Estella Ross.
Visiting hours will be on Friday January 11, 2013 from 9 – 11 AM at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. A funeral service will be held at the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church on July 1, 2 or 3 – day to be determined in May. Burial will then follow the funeral service. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to share your condolences, memories and tributes with Ray's family.