Richard Lewis Hamlin

January 13, 1942 - December 18, 2023
Richard Lewis Hamlin

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Richard Lewis “Lou” Hamlin 81, son of the late Edmund Hamlin and Regina Powers Hamlin, passed away on Monday, December 18, 2023, in Wilmington, NC after a brief illness.

Lou was born on January 13, 1942, in Portland, Maine. He was a 1961 graduate of Portland High School and served in the U.S. Army. He was a small business owner in Maine for many years before moving south to become a Manufacturer’s Rep in the food service equipment industry.

Lou retired to Wilmington, NC in 2008 where he took full advantage of the outdoor life kayaking, biking, and walking the beach. He faithfully attended the gym three times per week and valued the many friends that he made there. He affectionately became known as the “mayor” as he was never shy about advocating for improvements for himself and other members. He became an avid reader later in life and was proud of the extensive list of titles that he consumed.

He had a wonderful sense of humor, could talk to anyone, laughed easily, and never failed to find a teaching moment when something went wrong. He enjoyed spending time with his family on his annual trips to Maine and California.

Lou is survived by his children, Michelle Hamlin of Milford, MA, and Suzanne Hamlin (Mathieu DesJardins), of Redwood City, CA; his granddaughter Acadia; his brother, Peter Hamlin of Cape Elizabeth; his sister, Lorraine Brinkert of North Yarmouth and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Lou was predeceased by his brothers, Edmund and Raymond Hamlin.

A celebration of life will take place in Portland, Maine in the summer of 2024.

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  • January 19, 2024
    Vickie & David Clay says:
    A friendship with Lou was a friendship for a lifetime. David and I met the Mayor of O2 Fitness ~ Mayfaire in Wilmington NC and the rest is history. He cared DEEPLY for his girls and the twinkle in his eye was blinding when speaking of Acadia and showing us photos of her and sharing her accomplishments. We moved to Raleigh in Dec2022 so being in close proximity to the legendary Lou was difficult. Still - we remained in touch. We took him with us to BaldHead Island once - what great memories. David and I are saddened to learn of his passing. Look for us when we get to the gym in Heaven, Lou. Well done on this side of Heaven, friend. Well done.

  • January 05, 2024
    Tom Connolly says:
    I was a neighbor and friend of Lou. We shared many thoughts with each other and helped each other with friendly advice from time to time. The obit summarized his retirement years precisely. What it didn’t mention was his immense love and pride for his daughters. Tom Connolly