Tom Hamlin, age 82, of Stow, passed away Tuesday morning surrounded by his family.
He leaves a legacy of loving service to God, his family, and his country.
Tom was born December 7, 1931 in Akron to the late James and Lucretia (Yahner) Hamlin, and he remained proud of his Irish and Catholic heritage throughout his life. He was a graduate of St. Vincent High School and the University of Akron, and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
He married Phyllis Donnelly in 1955 and they raised six sons. Together they imparted to their sons the importance of education, and between them their six sons earned a total of 14 college degrees. He was a long-time active member of the Holy Family parish, Walsh Jesuit High School and Akron CYO communities, and the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Tom's family was everything to him, and he was never happier than when surrounded by his children and 16 grandchildren. Tom and Phyllis hosted first Sunday brunch, ensuring the entire family was together at least once a month. He was dad, grandpa, coach, confidant, counselor, volunteer, mentor, and patriarch.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by granddaughter, Darcy. He leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Phyllis; his sons, Tom (Karen), Mike (Sarah), Greg (Debbie), David (Deborah), Charley (Abby) and Jamie (Annette); and grandchildren, Zach, Patrick, Melissa, Jacqueline, Amanda, Scott, Heath, Sam, Max, Lindsay, Jessie, Elizabeth, Katey, Ian and Matthew, and one great grandchild on the way.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Dunn-Quigley Funeral Home, 3333 Kent Rd. in Stow (at Rt. 91), the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Noon on Saturday at Holy Family Church, 3179 Kent Rd. in Stow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society in care of Holy Family Church.
Visit www.dunn-quigley.com to share memories and condolences.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 13, 2014