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Russell Hamilton.

PEPPERELL - Russell W. Hamilton, 86, a lifelong resident of Pepperell, died peacefully Friday evening, Aug. 5, at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born in Pepperell on April 6, 1925, son of the late Russell Wilson Hamilton and Fannie Estelle Hagelwood. He attended Pepperell High School and graduated from Springfield College in 1951, and received a master's of education degree in 1956.

He was a World War II veteran and fought in several battles and campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe and Battle of the Bulge.

Corporal Hamilton was a member of Company B, 168th Engineer Combat Battalion and served his country from June 1943 to Oct. 1945. Corporal Hamilton received five Bronze Battle Stars, the Purple Heart, Presidential Citation Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, French and Belgium Croire De Gavine Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 3291, Pepperell.

Mr. Hamilton was a physical education teacher, basketball, baseball, cross-country, track and field, and golf coach through his teaching career and enjoyed several league championship accomplishments with his sports teams. Mr. Hamilton taught and coached at Pepperell High School (1951-1960), Chelmsford High School (1961) and was the Athletic Director at Tahanto Regional High School (Boylston) from 1962 to 1985, when he retired from teaching and coaching.

His greatest joy was his family and spending time on the golf course at the Nashua Country Club, where he was a member for 60 years. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Parish in Pepperell.

He was married 62 years and is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn (Baraby) Hamilton; two sons, Russell W. Hamilton Jr. and Richard W. Hamilton of Gig Harbor, Wash.; two sisters, Edna (Hamilton) Hayes and Hazel (Hamilton) Walrer; a brother, Bruce Edison Hamilton; five grandchildren, Kelly (Hamilton) Fitzpatrick, Jamie (Hamilton) Higgens, Russell W. Hamilton Jr., Michelle Hamilton and Richard W. Hamilton Jr.; two great grandchildren, Charlotte Fitzpatrick and Graham Fitzpatrick.

A Mass of Christian was held Saturday, Aug. 13 at Our Lady of Grace Parish worshiping at St. Joseph's Church, Pepperell.
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Date:Aug 18, 2011
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