James O. Hamilton, II
May 20, 1920 - November 2, 2017
Service Date: November 7, 2017
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 12/Noon at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred, with Rev. Sara Bartlett, officiating. Calling hours at the funeral home begin at 11:00 a.m. Committal prayers and burial will be at the Hamilton Family Cemtery in Waterboro.
James O. Hamilton, II, 97, a well-known resident of Waterboro, died on November 2, 2017 at Southern Maine Healthcare in Sanford.
Jim was born in Waterboro on May 5, 1920 the son of Benjamin P. and Francesca E. (Dambman) Hamilton, I.
He lived on the family homestead in Waterboro until he went to the University of Maine, Orono. After graduating with a bachelor of engineering in 1942, he joined Bell Telephone Labs, working on radar development during World War II in Baltimore, MD. James held a patent for developments on the magnetron component from that time.
While living in Baltimore, he met his first wife, Barbara Bean, and they had three children – Joanne, James, and Achsa.
In 1952, Jim transferred to Reading PA, where he worked, with the exception of a 2 year period in Allentown, PA, until he retired from the Labs in 1975. While at the Labs he participated in the project for Telstar, the first telecommunications satellite. He also hosted a conference on the development of the transistor, presented by its inventors. Jim was also involved in the perfection of the first fiber optic cable production.
While in Reading, he divorced, and remarried Marian Frable in 1967. He also developed a real estate enterprise, which included apartments and laundromats. He and Marian traveled throughout the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and Australia/New Zealand. From those travels, he chose St. Croix, USVI as his choice for the perfect winter home. He purchased a home there, to which he and Marian traveled each season for many years.
In 1975, he and Marian returned to his boyhood home in Waterboro, where he built his retirement home on a portion of the family land. With that completed, he formed Hamiltons of Waterboro, and administered it until his death. Among his achievements for the Hamiltons of Waterboro, were the construction of a family house on Little Ossipee Lake, and the renovation of several properties for rental.
Jim also joined the Masons, and rose in the ranks there until he was Master of the Waterboro lodge. He also became a member of the Shrine and rose to the rank of Potentate. While active in the Masons and Shrine, he helped to expand the Alfred Day parade from Waterboro to Alfred, to include Shriners.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren whenever they visited his home, and taught them about farming; by having them help with planting and maintaining his extensive garden. Jim enjoyed telling them of his boyhood on the homestead down the road from his house, and of all the advances in technology he witnessed while working at Bell Labs.
His independence and tough mindedness has left most with whom he met at least one unforgettable memory to retell with a good laugh. We are saddened by the fact there won’t be any new ones to share.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 12/Noon at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred with Rev. Sara Bartlett, officiating. Calling hours will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Committal prayers and burial will be held at the Hamilton Family Cemetery in Waterboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to the Shriners Hospitals.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.