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Robert H. Hamilton of San Antonio passed away bravely and peacefully "going to see God" on March 16, 2012, at the age of 90. He was born May 27, 1921 in Naugatuck, West Virginia, and was raised in Asheville, NC. Hamilton enlisted in WWII, and served our country as a Frogman in the elite UDT-17 Special Forces unit, which later became the Navy SEALs. He moved to San Antonio in 1946, where he was assistant Chief of Police, and he pioneered the River Boat industry by operating and running canoes up the city's canals. Always a promoter of San Antonio, he rolled out the red carpet in Hamilton-style for countless dignitaries such as Gen. Douglas MacArthur, John Wayne and Pres. Ronald Reagan. He founded Hamilton Swimming Pools and for 35 years built custom pools, such as the pool at the Governor's mansion, across Texas. Hamilton was a very special and unique man who could handle any situation. Known as a master negotiator, he lived and loved his life's work as a meeting planner for large associations which kept him traveling and making friends all over the world. He led an active, eccentric and fully-engaged life - working, traveling, golfing, hunting and dancing until the very end. He is survived by his loving bride of 38 years Loretta, his daughters Debbie Lyn Hamilton of San Antonio and Jennie Lyn Hamilton of Marfa, and step-children Craig Woodford of San Antonio and La Rena Wildemann of Dallas. Robert was proceeded in death by his brother Big John Hamilton and parents Jennie Glenn and Robert C. Hamilton. Memorial service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E. Mulberry, on Tues., March 20th at 10am with a military burial at Ft. Sam Houston on Wed. March 28th at 1pm. Online guestbook may be signed at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com. In lieu of flowers the family appreciates donations to the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, FL.
Published in Express-News on Mar. 18, 2012