Earl George Hamilton Jr.

March 11, 2016

Earl George Hamilton Jr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army National Guard

Earl George Hamilton Jr.,- of Woburn, Friday, March 11th. Beloved husband of the late Mary K. Doherty. Loving father of Kenneth S. Hamilton of Woburn, his Fiance Judy Pollins of Lexington, Steven P. Hamilton his wife Melanie of Melrose, Maryellen Hamilton of Somerville, Elaine Doherty her husband Philip of Woburn Earl George Hamilton III his wife Beth of Woburn and Brenda J. Coleman her husband Andrew of Wakefield. Dear brother of Betty Rush of Wakefield, Patricia Murphy of ME, predeceased by his sisters and brothers, Helen Cail, Linda Keay William Hamilton, Thomas Hamilton. Proud Grandfather of Michael, Jonathan, Conor, and Kathleen Doherty, Kevin and Brian Hamilton, Kathleen and Emily Hamilton, Mary, Melissa, and Macayla Hamilton, Aiden, Mairead, and Deirdre Coleman and great grandchild Brianna Doherty . Best friend and Fraternal brother of Richard “Bucky” Veno of Woburn. George is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch –Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St. Woburn, on Friday March 18 at 9:15am followed by a Funeral Mass in St.Charles Church 280 Main St. Woburn at 10:00am. Interment in Calvary Cemetery Woburn. Relatives and Friends are Respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday March 17 4 to 8p.m. Remembances may be made in Georges’ Memory to Knights of Columbus 20 Barbara Circle Woburn, Ma 01801 or Woburn Public Library 45 Pleasant St. Woburn, Ma 01801.


Earl George Hamilton, Jr., 85, a Truly Self-Made Man

WOBURN – Earl George “Red” Hamilton, Jr. died at Winchester Hospital Friday, March 11 surrounded by his family . The beloved husband or Mary K. (Doherty) Hamilton, George was 85.

Born in Medford, he was the son of the late Earl G. and Helen (Foster) Hamilton. George left school in the 8th grade to work as a carpenter and builder. He helped build homes on Cape Cod and in Woburn in the 1940s and 50s. George also served in the National Guard.

In 1953, George married his sweetheart, a stunning redhead, Mary Doherty. They began their life in Medford and moved to Woburn in 1959. They raised six children together and were devoted to family and faith.

George pursued a career in industrial radiography, a non-destructive testing process. He was employed at the Quincy Shipyard in the Industrial Radiography department and a member of the peer review and investigative team that investigated the cause of the sinking of the U.S.S. Thresher, an atomic submarine that sank in 1963. He was an active member of the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT) and his career saw him x-ray important landmarks for the US Government such as the House of the Seven Gables and the Liberty Bell.

George received his high school equivalency and moved into sales management. He held positions at Tech/Ops Sevcon, JM Devine, Inc. and the industrial film division of Fuji Film, Inc. George also was an entrepreneur, owning his own business, Calibration Technology in Burlington, MA until his retirement in 1992, in retirement, George kept busy in the industrial radiography field working at Winchester Testing Lab, Melrose, MA.

George was devoted to his wife and family and was blessed with a sense of adventure that saw him take his family on camping trips up and down the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida. He also owned a cottage in Shapleigh, Maine affectionately known as “Hamilton’s Glen” where family and friends enjoyed summer weekends and vacations. He and Mary spent winters in Florida and later enjoyed a summer cottage in New Hampshire. Of all his lifetime experiences, he took the most pleasure in the milestones and accomplishments of his children.

George and Mary also traveled; one of their most memorable trips was to Nova Scotia to see the The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

George was also very well-known for his woodworking skills. He founded “Hamilton Woodcrafts” in 1974 and made his first wooden truck for his son in 1976. He went on to make well over a hundred hand-crafted trucks. He often used 1930s era wooden cheese boxes to make trucks that were popular pieces of Americana at area craft shows. He crafted a tractor trailer truck for each of his grandchildren, his great grandchild, and many friends, nieces, and nephews.

George was a devout Catholic and his faith guided him to many charitable endeavors. One of the most important events of his life was the Cursillo at Saint Basils in Methuen. This weekend religious retreat had a profound impact on his Christian faith that he would carry forward for the rest of his life. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, achieving 4th Degree Knight. He was one of the very first volunteers for the Mission of Deeds, working alongside founder Tony Triglione. He also worked tirelessly for the Haven from Hunger food pantry and soup kitchen in Peabody, MA. George was also a voracious reader and made weekly trips to the Woburn Public Library. He read so many books from the library that he had to start marking a page in each book so he would know he had already read it. Even when his eyesight began to fail, he enjoyed books on tape courtesy of the Perkins School for the Blind.

Sadly, George was preceded in death by his wife, Mary just five short months ago. In addition to Mary, He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Helen Cail, Linda Keay, William and Thomas Hamilton.

He is lovingly survived by his children, Kenneth S. Hamilton of Woburn and his fiancé Judy Pollins or Lexington, Steven P. Hamilton and his wife, Melanie of Melrose, Mary Ellen Hamilton of Somerville, Elaine Doherty and her husband Philip of Woburn, Earl George Hamilton III and his wife Beth of Woburn, and Brenda J Coleman and her husband Andrew of Wakefield, his sisters, Betty Rush of Wakefield and Patricia Murphy of Portland, Maine, his grandchildren, Michael, Jonathan, Conor, and Kathleen Doherty, Kevin and Brian Hamilton, Kathleen and Emily Hamilton, Mary, Melissa and Macayla Hamilton, Aiden, Mairead and Deirdre Coleman, and great-grandchild Brianna Doherty. He was the best friend and fraternal brother of Richard “Bucky” Veno of Woburn. George is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 min St., Woburn on Friday, March 18 at 9:15a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn, at 10 a.m. Internment will be in Cavalry Cemetery Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday, March 17 at Lynch-Cantillon Funeral home, 4-8pm.

Remembrances may be made in George’s honor to the Knights of Columbus, 20 Barbara Circle, Woburn, MA 01801 or Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant St., Woburn, MA 01801


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  1. Dear Brenda and entire family:
    George was a great and good man, friend
    who did much to enhance all our lives.
    I am eternally grateful for all the time
    he and your Mom spent with us over the years.
    I shall never forget the loyalty and
    companionship he showed to Louie especially
    during his last painful days.
    May God give you all his strength.
    Rita Ferlisi

  2. So very sorry over your great loss
    May only happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.

    Sincerely, The Wiliam Courtney family

  3. So Sorry to hear this news
    We are in Florida so can not be with you. Please know your in our thoughts and prays

    Clare and Bob Cannon

  4. My heart goes out to the Hamilton children, to loose your Dad so soon after loosing your Mom, is heart-breaking.

    Our prayers are with you,
    Jim & Chris Dooley

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