William Hamilton
1941 - 2017
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William E. Hamilton, 75, of Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania passed away on June 26, 2017 at St. Luke's Hospice House. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1941, he was the son of the late Earl R. Hamilton and Mary (Yeager) Hamilton. He and his wife Sharon (Rubin) Hamilton celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on June 23rd of this year. A graduate of Governor Mifflin High School, he received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Masters Degree in Music History from Temple University. He was last employed by the Nazareth Area School District where he taught for 32 years. Bill was instrumental in reviving the Musical Theatre program at the school. Following retirement, he enjoyed Woodturning and was a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman. He also enjoyed travel, cruising and was active in several local theatre groups as well as singing for many years with the Concord Chamber Singers. Bill enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was an Ambassador in the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America. Survivors: Bill is survived by his wife, Sharon Hamilton; sons, Myles Nathan of Plainfield Township and Eliot Rubin and his wife, Tammy at home; granddaughter, Deborah Kaitlyn; sister, Joyce (Hamilton) Reifsnyder and her husband Timothy of Reading; nieces, Jennifer Procak and her husband Andrew of Blandon, Pennsylvania and Allison Romero of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; nephew, Hunter Martin and his wife Tessa of Brooklyn, NY; sister in law, Michele Martin and her husband James of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; 2 great nieces and 5 great nephews. Services: A calling hour will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 11 a.m-12 p.m. at Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. A memorial service will begin at 12 p.m. Please honor Bill's wishes and wear casual attire. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in William E. Hamilton's name to The American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place #170 Bethlehem, PA 18017. Condolences may be offered online at www.connellfuneral.com

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Published in Morning Call on Jul. 2, 2017.
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August 25, 2017
Carol and I send our sympathy on the passing of your husband William. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In friendship and sympathy. Frank and Carol Creazzo
Frank Creazzo
July 19, 2017
Dear Sharon and family,My condolences to you on the death of my cousin Bill.
July 7, 2017
I, too, was a student of Mr. Hamilton during his first years in Nazareth. He knew how to nurture talent, bring out the best in an ensemble and put on a great show. From looking sharp in our blue Chorale blazers, to staging a Godspell medley, to bringing musical theatre back to NAHS with 1776, he climbed every mountain. Please know we are thankful for the memories and are better people/musicians because of Bill Hamilton. The Class of 1976 sang "Everytime We Say Good-Bye" at graduation 41 years ago, so today I die a little, too.
Scott Santo
July 7, 2017
Dear Mr. Hamilton, you were a very awesome music teacher, and blessed me with the peace of mind to always be open minded with music. It has healed me through out my life. I pray that you are safe in heaven, and I pray for your family also, here on earth.

Peace and Hugs,

Tonia S. Matyger
student at Nazareth HS from 1990 to 1993
Tonia Matyger
July 6, 2017
Dear Mrs. Hamilton and family,
I was a student in the choruses and participated in musicals every year of my time at Nazareth high school. It was the best part of high school for me. I'm so grateful for the time, dedication and countless hours Mr. Hamilton gave to us and to making sure that there were musical and theater opportunities for us. I went on to sing in college and also in the community, and it has continued to be a joyous part of my life that has connected me to my closest friends. His love for music and for his students continues on in the many many of us who were inspired and mentored by him. Sending you and your family love and prayers.
Heidi Faust
July 4, 2017
My sincere condolences to your family. I was one of Mr. Hamilton's students for three years of chorus. One of my fondest memories from high school is a trip Mr. Hamilton took us on to a school in Wading-Rivers, NY (if I remember correctly). We were hosted by families of students in their chorus program. Being a teacher now myself, I can fully appreciate the effort that took. He had a commitment and love for music and his career that I'll always be thankful for. May he RIP....
Shelley Anthony
July 4, 2017
Our condolences on your loss. He was one of the reason I enjoy music and singing. He was a cool, cool, considerate man whose like may never be seen again (from the musical 1776 where I first met him in 1976.)

Vaya con Dios.
Richard Skripek
July 3, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Bill will not have to suffer any more. Remember all the good times. I am praying for you.
Diane McKeever
LVC Lead
Diane McKeever
July 3, 2017
Dear Sharon,
I just read about your husband and offer my sympathies to you and your family. You are in my prayers.
Cathy Ziegenfuss
July 3, 2017
Bill was one of my best friends in high school. He loved Indiana University and followed his mentors -Mr.Cooper and Mr.G. I will always remember his interest in the ARTS and his first performance-- in the Mifflin High School Musical-Oklahoma. He proudly introduced me to his wife and sons at the funeral of his mother. I am sending my prayers to his family . Cancer is such a relentless beast- Thankfully, he is at Peace.
Judy Albright Sherwood
July 2, 2017

July 2, 2017
I was a choral student of Mr. HAmilton in the early 1970's in Nazareth (class of '73) I appreciated his gifts and the music he brought to us to perform. I remeber whan Miles was born! Condolances to his family. Susan Kostenbader Fraser, Bethlehem PA.
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