Willard Charlson Hamilton

September 29, 1942 - July 2, 2017
Willard Charlson Hamilton

Willard Charlson Hamilton (Tim) left this Earthly world on July 2, 2017 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Debby Hamilton and four children Tracy Day (Jeff) of Spotsylvania, VA, Wendy Hamilton of Cumming, GA, Melanie Ollice (Steve) of Hartland, WI and Bradley Hamilton (Holly) of Chapel Hill, NC, and his 7 grandchildren, Chelsea, Lindsay and Andrew Day, Chris and Emily Ollice, Isla and Luna Hamilton and his sister Faye Ackart (husband Wayne) of Penn Yan, NY.

Tim grew up in Auburn, NY. He spent his Summers at Star Cottage at Farleys Point, NY.  Tim attended Cornell University, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and a cheerleader. He received a Ph. D. from University of California at Davis and did his Post Doctorate work at Lehigh University. He had a successful corporate career at Gillette and Xerox which culminated as Director of Research and Development at Johnson & Johnson. In 1983, Tim moved his family to North Carolina, where he started his own consulting business and taught at UNC and CFCC.

Tim loved to travel, especially France, and collected wines along the way. He enjoyed boating, Carolina football, fireworks and socializing with friends.  His biggest love and proudest achievement was his family. He adored his wife, children and grandchildren.

The funeral will be Friday July 7th at 11:00 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Dr., Wilmington, NC.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice or St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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  • July 05, 2017
    Luana Owens says:
    Wendy, I'm so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are extended to you and your family. I will pray for comfort and strength for the days that lie ahead. Luana Owens

  • July 05, 2017
    Byron and Julia Spencer says:
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn. May your sorrow be leavened with memories of love shared.

  • July 06, 2017
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  • July 11, 2017
    Katelyn Simmet says:
    I'm a night shift nurse who took care of Mr. Hamilton for several days in the hospital before he went home to be with family. He was patient and extraordinarily kind to me when he had every reason not to be. One night he told me that he knew the end was coming but that he had a great life. I hope that offers you some comfort. I didn't know him long but I could tell how much he loved and was loved by those around him. I have been thinking of him and your family since he went home. I'm so sorry for loss.