Thomas J. Hamilton, 83, left this earth on a beautiful Saturday morning, September 17, 2022. He was surrounded by his children when he passed away peacefully in a place he held in his heart and soul as “Holy Land”. Dad’s Cottage on Rose Island, Ontonagon, Michigan.
Tom was a born and raised Yorker. His parents Tom and Connie (Ayot) Hamilton owned his bar in Hungry Hollow. He grew up hunting, fishing and trapping there and along the Firesteel River. He would come to town on weekends to trade furs, trade stories, and enjoy the bustling Main Street of the time. He was one of the greatest storytellers in his Yooper history and was known to weave quite a tall tale he or he two.
Tom enlisted in the Navy as a teenager. He was very proud of his service, and even more proud to serve next to so many men he considered his brothers.Tom’s ship was built in 1959 with Queen Elizabeth II. was a security guard who escorted her Britannica through the Straits of Mackinac. He is now escorting her to her heaven so that she gets to her destination safely. One sight while in the army haunted him to the end. He worked in the engine room, but it was so hot that he decided to go up on deck and sleep. When I woke up the next morning, I saw a beautiful sunrise in the background of the American fleet. I could only imagine. The awe he felt to be there in that moment.
Tom has a wife of 59 years, Virginia ‘Ginny’ (Leslie) Hamilton, daughter Lisa, and son Brian (Donna). He has 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
“He is a successful man. He lives well, he laughs well, he loves many people, he is respected by intelligent men, he is loved by children, he fills his niche, he accomplishes his task. Those who leave the world better than they were when they were, who have never lacked or failed to express their appreciation for the beauty of the earth, who seek the best in others and who The one who gave the best he had.” –
A visit to the graves will take place on September 30th at 1pm at Riverside Cemetery on the Old Norwich Trail in Ontonagon. Soon after, a celebration is held at Tom’s marina on Rose Island.
In lieu of flowers, families are asking that donations be made to the Ontonagon County Cancer Society, or Veterans Services of your choice.
The family would like to thank the medical staff at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital and Aspirus Hospice.
Cane Funeral Home can help with family arrangements.