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Hamilton, John
John Hamilton, my father, a quiet Irishman, who enjoyed reading anything about history, smoking his self-rolled cigarettes, jelly donuts and black jelly beans, died on Saturday August 6, 2016. He was born the 4th son of 6 children to Elizabeth and Robert Hamilton (both deceased) on February 28, 1935 in Philadelphia PA. As the story goes his mother was tired of coming up with middle names when he was born so he did not receive one. When he joined the Marines, as you all know every box must be completed on a government form; they gave him one, "NMI" (No Middle Initial). From that day forward he was John "NMI" Hamilton. He spent 4 years in the Marine Corp after completing Marine Corp boot camp at Parris Island Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He met his future wife in High School and married my mother Janice Hamilton (deceased) after he had spent 4 years in the Marine Corp. He didn't want to leave the Marine Corp, but as they say in the Marine Corp, if the USMC wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one. After the serving in the USMC, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served for 22 years until his retirement in 1976 at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ. During his 22 years of service, he was TDY quite often and Janice was sick and tired of never being able to go along. She finally got her wish and accompanied John overseas after he received his transfer papers to go to the Panama CZ. They arrived 5 days before Christmas 1971. There was lots to see and do in a foreign country and they were very lucky to be stationed with a wonderful group of people. John was working on a top secret satellite system and everything was very hush hush and locked up. Families could not even know what was actually going on behind that fenced gate. His tour ended in November 1975. When John arrived back in the States and turned on the local TV to watch the weather, low and behold there for all to see was the "top secret" satellite he worked on while in Panama. It was the first satellite system to view the earth and weather systems. He always got a kick outta that. John was a man who enjoyed taking care of the people he loved. He was a very compassionate man in that way. He always felt that the American Indians were owed a great debt and did his best to frequent the casinos as often as possible to "donate" to the cause. He also always felt Ira Hayes deserved better than he got. He enjoyed country music a great deal especially Marty Robbins and John Denver. He was an easy man to please - whenever asked what he would like for Christmas or his birthday, the answer was always the same, just an inexpensive two pocket shirt, one pocket for his cigs and the other for his reading glasses. He was our families "moral compass". He was a good man who had few words and always made you feel like you had too many words. My father will be dearly missed by his daughter and son-in-law (Joe and Terri) his grandchildren (Kaili and Kyle), his brother and his wife (Jim and Jacque), sisters (Mary and Nancy) and sister-in-law (Rosie). Cremation will take place at the families' conveniences and his ashes will be interned with Janice at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in a private ceremony. Instead of flowers, John would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor unfortunate soul in his name.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 28, 2016
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