Mark Lorenzo Hamilton died early Friday morning, January 25, 2008 after a brave and dignified battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family. Mark was born in Meriden, CT December 13, 1923, son of the late Lorenzo Hamilton and Ella Stohr Hamilton and lived in Meriden most of his life. He graduated from Meriden High School and the University of Colorado. Mark proudly served his country as a lieutenant in the Navy as a naval aviator. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Meriden, the Y's Mens of Meriden and the Camp Claire Board of Directors. He was retired from Northeast Utilities where he worked for 31 years. Besides his wife of 52 years, Elaine Tisdall Hamilton, Mark is survived by his brother James Lyman Hamilton of Cabot, VT; his daughters: Shelley Hamilton Mack and her husband Thomas of Essex, CT and Jean Hamilton Welch and her husband Robert of Vail, AZ; his son Mark Lorenzo Hamilton, Jr. and his wife Margaret of Meriden, CT; and his beautiful granddaughter Mackenzie Jacqueline Hamilton. A funeral service will be held Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at The First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meriden, CT. The Rev. John Clarke will officiate. A luncheon in Smith Hall at the church will be immediately following. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Claire Beautification Fund, c/o First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meriden, CT or to a charity of your choice in Mark's name. Services under the direction of BEECHER & BENNETT-FLATOW, 48 COOK AVE., MERIDEN.

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  1. Dear Elaine – You and your family are in my thoughts at this time. Two years ago, Ian and I returned to Camp Claire for a sentimental visit. It is because of dedicated people like you and Mark that this cherished treasure continues to maintain its character and to serve so many so well. Hold dear your cherished memories. I send you my love. Merlyn (Martin)Jackson

  2. Dear Elaine & family; I will always have happy memories of Mark at 3 Mile, surprising conversations on the dock or Main House tables showing the depth , the character and the talent of a supremely modest man. He was a true family man. I wish I could have known him better. When you come back to 3 Mile you will find it a soothing and welcoming home-away-from-home. Much love to you at this time. Carol

  3. Dear Elaine, Jim, Jean, Shelly & Marcus, We know that this has been such a difficult and sad time for all of you. We thank you for allowing us the privilege to care for Mark and your family during a time which was very emotional, deeply personal and unfamiliar for you. Mark always spoke of all of you and your own families with such caring, tenderness and respect. You have an incredibly loving family, and we know that you will all support one another during the difficult times of adjustment ahead. We extend sincere and heartfelt sympathy to you on Mark’s death.

  4. Dear Elaine, Marcus, Shelly and Jean. This is the saddest news we could have received. Mark was such a vibrant center of our Three Mile Island life. We treasure his stories, his art and now his memory. Our thoughts and love are with you, Dana and Jackie

  5. Dear Marcus, Meg, Mackenzie, Elaine, Shelley, Jean and families, Sorry I was not able to join you for the service yesterday and to extend my condolences to you face to face. Just wanted you to know that you are all my thoughts and prayers, and that I wish you peace and happy memories in your time of sorrow. I remember fondly a delightful conversation with Mark at the wedding last year. He was a charming gentle man with great warmth and wit. I am sure that he welcomed Mackenzie into his loving arms with great joy, what a great gift and wonderful for both of them. Sincerely, Peter

  6. Dear Shelley, We were so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Jodi always spoke of him with such love and admiration. We know that all of the wonderful memories that you have of him will help you through this sad time. Please extend our sympathy to you whole family. Our love & prayers, Joe & Barbara Kuchalla

  7. Elaine, I remember Mark for his kindness, humor, and steadfast care for our beloved Three Mile Island camp community. I will hold you both in my prayers.

  8. Elaine, John and I were devastated to hear of Mark’s recent death. He was such a gentleman in all the nicest sense of the word. I loved seeing him on the dock or just reading. I have always loved the wooden award that he made for me with a picture of me driving Appy and John coaching from the bench beside me and the title .La Lecon Nautique. burned into the wood. It sits on the desk in my study. Please know that you and Mark were the epitome of what a TMI campers should be!! With all of our love, Nancy Wilson P.S. Sorry that we can’t be at the service, but we will be on our way to Deer Isle, Me., to check on the status of the year-round house that we are building there. Hope to catch up with you another summer.

  9. Elaine, Marcus, Shelley and Jean, We were saddened to read of Mark’s passing this morning. Our thoughts are with you. Sincerest sympathies. Kurt and Laura Krueger

  10. Elaine, Mark will always be in the Three Mile Island in our hearts. We will be there on Monday to help celebrate his life and the gift of his friendship. Love, Sallie and Bill Satterthwaite

  11. Elaine, Shelley, Jeannie and Marcus, Mark, with his quiet sense of humor and wit, was a scholar and a gentleman. He will be greatly missed. Our love, thoughts and prayers to you all. Linda and Steve

  12. I was so sad to learn of Mr. Hamilton’s death. I knew he was battling cancer but was praying that we would eventually see him back in his pew, at First Church. I will miss his easy smile greeting me on Sunday mornings. Mrs. Hamilton, I have so many happy early childhood memories at your home; running through the yards after school at Roger Sherman with Shelly to your house for cookies and play. Thank you for that and please accept my deepest condolences for you loss. Marcus, so sorry you have lost your Dad. I’m glad our paths crossed when my daughter was at Castle Craig Playhouse; you were sharing your lighting and audio talents. Your Dad always had a gleam in his eye telling me about the many ways you shared those talents. Shelly, I want you to know I think of you often and your Dad has helped greatly to keep us connected. He was very proud of you and loved filling me in when I would ask how you were doing. I told him how much we enjoyed chatting at our reunion. It was so nice to see you. Peace to all of you at this very sad time. Sincerely, Barbara Moncevicius (Barbara Tassmer)

  13. I wish you peaceful reflections on all of the joyful times with your husband and father. I wish you strength as you suffer the pain his absence leaves, and the courage to continue on as you make room for the loneliness his passing makes you feel. May your heart serve always to remind you of what a kind, gentle, and wise man he was.

  14. I’m sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Hamilton. I was a childhood friend of Mark, Jr and remember Mr. Hamilton as a welcoming and kind person who was always interesting in how things were going for me. As a teenager, that meant a lot of have an adult who truly cared about my best interest. My condolences to his family. Sincerely, Mark Kamerzel

  15. Mrs Hamilton, Shelly, Jean and Marcus, I am very sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers. I am also sorry that I cannot grieve with you personally as I will be out of town on Monday. I will always remember sitting in your living room listening to stories told in great detail about your Dad’s WW2 bomber escapades. He always told them with such passion, courage and humor that we hung on every word. I wish all your family courage and peace in this hour of grief. May God Bless you.

  16. Mrs. Hamilton, Shelley, Jeannie and Marcus, We will always remember Mark’s stories, told with great intelligence and wit. He was a very special man and we will miss him. We are so sorry for your loss.

  17. Our condolences on Mr. Hamilton’s passing. May the peace and love of God be with all of you in this time of need.

  18. We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Hamilton was a wonderful and kind man. He will be missed. Marcus, I am sorry I can not be there but you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Amy, David, and Family

  19. We extend our deepest sympathies to all of you for your loss. Mark was clearly loved by all of you, and we know that he will be deeply missed. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. We were saddened to read of Mark’s passing. He was such a pleasure to be with. We will miss seeing him in church and his smile, which he always had. May you have peace knowing he is with our Lord.

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