Darryl "Chief" Hamley, 54, of Cheswick, died tragically in a house fire and went to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. He was born Feb. 18, 1967, in Manitoba, Canada, and was a Chippewa Indian. He was the son of Kathryn Matus and the late Donald Hamley. Darryl was a 1986 graduate of Springdale High School. Chief worked in the maintenance department at the Council of Three Rivers Indian Center School, and prior to that he was a cook at many area restaurants in the Lower AK Valley. Chief spent his free time on his never-ending art projects, fishing and visiting with his large group of friends. Darryl was a true "gentleman" in every sense of the word with a kind demeanor. He never had a bad day and always had a positive attitude, regardless of the situation or circumstances. Darryl was a diehard Black and Gold fan, never missing a Steelers or Penguins game on the television. He is survived by his mother, Kathryn (Charlie) Matus; brothers, George Hamley, KC (Debbie) Matus and Matt (Gen) Matus; sisters, Jaqueline (Frank) Novosel, Kathryn (Paul) Hamley-Slizik and Mary Lou (David) Norris; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Hamley; stepmother, Irene Hamley; and nephew, Dylan Hamley. Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, PA 15238. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. Please meet at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations could be made to the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center, in memory of Darryl Hamley, 120 Charles St., Pittsburgh, PA 15238. www.thomasmsmithfh.com
Published by The Valley News Dispatch on Sep. 15, 2021.