Hamilton's passing big loss to community

The region lost one of the good guys recently with the passing of Robert "Bob" Hamilton. Bob had the respect and friendship of so many in our region, ranging from congressmen to farmers, through his work as a journalist at The Day and in his position as director of communications for Electric Boat.

But Bob's commitment to the region did not end with his professional life. He was very involved in community service projects and organizations, including serving as chairman of the Board of Directors for The United Way. In his hometown of Franklin, he served on the Board of Education and other committees. He and his wife Kathy were known as "dad and mom" to many U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets, having volunteered as a sponsor family.

Bob was always a big supporter of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, but even more importantly, Bob was a friend. At the chamber we often speak about leadership and the need for strong leaders to represent and advocate for the interests of eastern Connecticut. Bob was one of the strongest leaders we had, but because of his humility he would never take credit for that.

Our members and the entire chamber staff sends its condolences to Bob's wife, children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

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