Thomas Hamilton of Amagansett, a retired aerospace worker who first came to the South Fork in the 1930s to camp with his wife at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk, died on March 3 at Southampton Hospital. He was 99 and had suffered a number of strokes over the past decade.
He was “a real gentleman,” his son Kenneth Hamilton said. “It’s something you don’t see as much anymore. How you’re brought up, what’s right and what’s wrong. That was always very important to him.”
Mr. Hamilton’s first career was as a plumber. He later worked for Republic Aviation, the Farmingdale manufacturer of military aircraft such as the World War II-era P-47 Thunderbolt fighter jet. By the time of his retirement, the company had been acquired by Fairchild Hiller, formerly the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation.
He was born on Nov. 4, 1914, in Scotland to Angus and Jean Hamilton, and came to America as a boy. He grew up in West Hempstead, where he graduated from high school, and later lived in Uniondale.
Mr. Hamilton was married to the former Mabel Anderson, who died before him. Many years ago, he was able to take advantage of an opportunity to buy a house on Shore Road, Amagansett, where he lived. He enjoyed golf and bowling over the years.
In addition to Kenneth Hamilton, who lives in Amagansett, two other sons, Richard Hamilton of Amagansett and Thomas Hamilton of Stowe, Vt., survive, as do two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
His funeral was private. The family has suggested memorial donations to the Amagansett Fire Department’s ambulance squad, P.O. Box 911, Amagansett 11930.