Lawrence P. Hamill, a past commander of the American Legion post in Amagansett, died last Thursday at Southampton Hospital. Mr. Hamill, who was 77, had been ill for several years.
The oldest of six children, he was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 20, 1934, to John Hamill and the former Catherine Ward. Two brothers and two sisters survive.
Mr. Hamill grew up in New York City. At the age of 17, he joined the Navy, serving from August 1951 to February 1955 during the Korean War.
He married the former Pauline O’Sullivan in May of 1952. The couple moved to Springs in the early 1960s, raising their three children there. Mr. Hamill was a hardware salesman who worked for many years at Village Hardware in East Hampton. In recent years, he lived on Accabonac Road in East Hampton.
In addition to four siblings, he is survived by two daughters, Susie Goetz of East Hampton and Janet Mattern of Pennsylvania, and by three grandchildren. His wife died before him, as did a daughter, Ruth Hamill.
A service was held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Sunday. Deacon George Logan of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton officiated and a reception followed at the American Legion hall. Mr. Hamill was buried with military honors on Monday in Most Holy Trinity Cemetery.
His family has suggested memorial contributions to American Legion Post 419, P.O. Box 1343, East Hampton 11937.