Mary K. (Doherty) Hamilton

October 19, 2015

Mary K. (Doherty) Hamilton

MARY K. (DOHERTY) HAMILTON- of Woburn, Monday October 19th. Beloved wife of Earl “George” Hamilton. Devoted mother of Kenneth S. Hamilton and his fiancée Judy Pollins of Woburn, Steven P. Hamilton and his wife Melanie of Melrose, Maryellen Hamilton of Somerville, Elaine Doherty and her husband Philip, Earl G. Hamilton III and his wife Beth all of Woburn, and Brenda J. Coleman and her husband Andrew of Wakefield. Dear sister of Ann P. Bradley and Rosemarie O’Connor both of Woburn, as well as the late Daniel Doherty. Loving grandmother of fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, October 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 9:45. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Mary’s memory to The Faustman Lab at Mass General Hospital, MGH Immunobiology Laboratory, Attn: Dr. Denise Faustman, Massachusetts General Hospital-East, Building 149, 13th Street, CNY-3601, Charlestown, MA 02129 or to Tedy’s Team at www.heart.org/tedysteam.

OBITUARY:

Mary K. (Doherty) Hamilton, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away October 19th at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. She was eighty-four years of age. She was the beloved wife of Earl “George” Hamilton to whom she was married for sixty-two years.

Mary was born in Woburn, daughter of the late Daniel and Rose (McGonagle) Doherty. Her parents, emigrating from Ireland, held family in the highest regard. They maintained a strong and loving relationship throughout the years with cousins who were thought of as siblings. She grew up on Hudson Street and attended St. Charles Elementary and graduated from St. Charles High School. Mary was very proud of her school, keeping in touch with classmates and continued to be involved with the school and parish throughout her life. It was at a party at St. Charles School in 1944 that Mary first met a boy named George Hamilton, they were only thirteen and fourteen years old. Upon meeting Mary for the first time, George knew he had met the love of his life. They went on their first date on Valentine’s Day a number of years later and were married in 1953.

After marrying, the Hamiltons lived for a time on Winn Street before moving to Medford for a short time. They eventually moved back to Woburn and made their home on Elijah Street where they would raise their family. They brought six children into the world to which they were devoted in every sense of the word. Mary worked for many years as a telephone operator, referring to herself as the original “Ma Bell”. However, nothing could deter her from her loving family.

Mary never missed an event for her children or grandchildren. Irish step dancing was always at the center of these activities. She embroidered many dresses, all by hand. A virtually unheard of feat in today’s world. Mary and her family traveled all over the east coast and made several trips to Ireland, always there for support at dance competitions. The family made many camping trips throughout New England and beyond. Particularly fond memories were made in 1976 when they drove to Disney World in Florida. The Hamiltons spent time at their cottage in Shapleigh, Maine and later on at All Seasons Campground in Weare, NH. As the years passed, Mary and George enjoyed time at their home in Florida as well. Family always made all of their trips memorable.

More than anything, Mary enjoyed time spent with her family. She always put them before herself, ensuring everyone’s happiness. Mary made and decorated cakes for all occasions and she was the only one who knew the right way to cut it.. She was a diehard Boston Celtics fan and never wavered when the team was having an off year. She was always a great listener; you could depend on her for anything. Although soft-spoken at times, her presence was essential at every social event. Mary was always right there when you needed her. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

In addition to her parents, Mary was sadly predeceased by her brother, Daniel J. Doherty.

Mary is lovingly survived by her husband of sixty-two years George Hamilton; her children, Kenneth S. Hamilton and his fiancée Judy Pollins of Woburn, Steven P. Hamilton and his wife Melanie of Melrose, Mary Ellen Hamilton of Somerville, Elaine Doherty and her husband Philip of Woburn, Earl G. Hamilton III and his wife Beth of Woburn, and Brenda J. Coleman and her husband Andrew of Wakefield. She was the loving grandmother of Kevin, Brian, Kate, Emily, Michael, Jonathan, Conor, Kathleen, Mary, Melissa, Macayla, Aiden, Mairead and Deidre, and loving great-grandmother of Brianna. Mary also leaves two sisters, Ann P. Bradley and Rosemarie O’Connor, both of Woburn as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, October 23rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 9:45. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Mary’s memory to The Faustman Lab at Mass General Hospital, MGH Immunobiology Laboratory, Attn: Dr. Denise Faustman, Massachusetts General Hospital-East, Building 149, 13th Street, CNY-3601, Charlestown, MA 02129 or to Tedy’s Team at www.heart.org/tedysteam.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Hamilton Family on this sudden loss.

    Respectfully and with love,
    Jim and Chris Dooley

  2. Our deepest condolences to you George and family. Our thoughts and prayers our with you at this very sad time.

    Sincerely,
    Mary Bradley-Dowd and family

  3. DEAR ANN AND FAMILY,WE ARE SORRY TO HEAR
    ABOUT MARY SHE HAS LEFT QUITE A LEGACY.
    YOU HAVE SO MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OUR PRAYERS
    ARE WITH YOU ALL.

    LOVE KATHLEEN & JIM
    BILLERICA,MA.

  4. George and all The Hamilton Fmily

    REST IN PEACE MARY

    So many Memories i will hold in my Heart

    Clare and Bob Cannon

  5. Rest in Peace Mary

    So very sorry for your lost George and family

    So many memories of days gone by

    Clare and Bob Cannon

  6. Dear Elaine,
    My heart breaks for you as you go through this time of grief..mourning the loss of your Mother. I remember her sweet smile fondly, one you obviously inherited from her.
    Hold your memories of her closely…it will be what you rely on to get you through the days ahead. Caring thoughts to you and your family.
    Love, Susan Novia Cone

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