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1941 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Feb. 2, 1941 - March 6, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY Thomas George Hamilton was born to John Thomas Hamilton and Ruth Phyllis Galyon, of Oklahoma City, on Feb. 2, 1941. He died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of March 6, 2017. Tom attended Grant High School, graduating in 1959. He then joined the United States Navy in 1959, where he served as a damage controlman on the ship USS Delta. Following his discharge in 1963, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1965. Tom worked for a time at Western Electric until he was accepted to the Oklahoma City Fire Department. He was a tall, skinny kid and knew he would never make the weight requirement, so his mother sewed fishing weights in the hems of his jacket and pants, and despite his jacket falling to the floor with a loud clunk during the interview, he made weight, attained the rank of driver, and served for 20 years. Tom and his brother Rick were third generation firemen as his father and maternal grandfather were also firefighters, and the tradition continued as Tom's son, John, is now the fourth generation of that family to serve on the OKC Fire Department. Tom loved to barbecue, win Yard of the Month for his golf green perfect yard, and he loved golf. His golf friends became best friends over the years and lots of laughs and lots of beer were enjoyed anytime those men got together. In 1985, he married Marjorie Reeves, and they would have been married 32 years this Sept. They loved to entertain, have parties, and plant anything and everything in the backyard. Tom is survived by his wife, Marjorie; brother, Rick (Brenda); son, Scott; daughter, Michelle; daughter, Kelli Bannister (Frank); and son, John (Lisa). He adored his grandchildren, Emily, Adam, Alastair, Hunter, Hudson, Halle, Hayden; and a number of nieces and nephews. He also loved his little dogs, Rocky and Gizzmo. The family sincerely thanks Crossroads Hospice for making life easier the last months for Tom and Marjorie. Nurse Emily Gastineau, aide Antonia Mosely, and social worker Debby Petty became both friends and family during that time and provided a sincerely caring and loving environment, and we love them all for their compassion and sincere concern. Tom requested no service, however a Memorial gathering will be held later.
Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 12, 2017
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