Robert E. "Bob" Hamlin

13 October , 194018 August , 2019
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The skilled hands of the accomplished plumbing and heating specialist fell still with the passing of Robert E. "Bob" Hamlin 78, on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at his home in Swanzey, NH with his family at his side, following a period of failing health.

He was born in Keene, NH on October 13, 1940, the son of Josephine (Wilson) Funke and Robert H. Funke. He grew up in Keene and was a 1958 graduate of Keene High School.

Bob found his niche in life, establishing Hamlin Plumbing and Heating in 1966, which he successfully ran for 53 years, serving many families throughout the area. When not hard at work, Bob enjoyed boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, a love he brought to his winter home on Matlacha Isle in Ft. Myers, FL.

Bob was an avid antique car buff, attending many antique car shows, especially the Big Block Production Car Shows in the 90’s. In his early years, he was one of the founding members and was very active with the Keene High School Wrestling Team’s Booster Club. He was also a member of the Jerusalem Lodge #104 Masonic Order of Keene.

Bob was especially proud of his two grandsons, following Terry’s accomplishments in Tae Kwon Do and his successful career as an editorial stylist; and Jarrod’s service in the Army, serving three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now, following in his grandfather’s footsteps by working in the family business. He had a special place in his heart for his dogs, Pete and Max.

Bob will be greatly missed by so many in the community but more so by his loving family, his wife of 60 years, Sandra L. (Leslie) Hamlin of Swanzey; his son, Jim Hamlin of Keene; his daughter, Shellie Crotto and her husband, Robert, of Newport, NH; his grandchildren, Terry Graham of Manchester, Jarrod Hamlin and his wife, Sarah, of Swanzey, Johnna Pennington of Atlanta, GA, Hunter Pennington, of Denver, CO; his great-grandchildren, Annalise Hamlin, Charlotte Hamlin, Raylan Hamlin; a brother, Howard Hamlin and his wife, Carol, of Keene; a sister-in-law, Rita Leslie of North Swanzey, NH; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a loving daughter, Tanya in 2012, and two sisters, Dorothy Mitchell and Shirley Cross.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday evening, August 28th from 5:00 to 7:00PM at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. Words of remembrance will be shared at 7:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made in Mr. Hamlin’s memory to Toys for Tots, c/o Wally Reney, Savings Bank of Walpole, 84 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH 03431; or to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


  • Sandra L. "Sandy" (Leslie) Hamlin, Wife
  • Jim Hamlin, Son
  • Shellie Crotto and husband, Robert, Daughter
  • Terry Graham, Grandchild
  • Jarrod Hamlin and wife, Sarah, Grandchild
  • Johnna Pennington, Grandchild
  • Hunter Pennington, Grandchild
  • Annalise Hamlin, Great Grandchild
  • Charlotte Hamlin, Great Grandchild
  • Raylan Hamlin, Great Grandchild
  • Howard Hamlin and wife, Carol, Brother
  • Rita Leslie, Sister-in-law
  • Tanya Pennington, Loving Daughter (deceased)
  • Dorothy Mitchell, Sister (deceased)
  • Shirley Cross, Sister (deceased)
  • Josephine (Wilson) Funke, Mother (deceased)
  • Robert H. Funke, Father (deceased)
  • Bob is also survived by several nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation and Celebration of Life Wednesday, 28 August , 2019
  • Sharing of Words and Remembrances Wednesday, 28 August , 2019


Robert E. "Bob" Hamlin

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Geraldine Patnaude

30 August 2019

Sandy so sorry to hear about Bob passing.Having lost Larry in Jan. I know what you are going thru. My thoughts, and prayers are with you, and your family.

Barbara Bohannon

30 August 2019

We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a dear man with a beautiful smile. A true loss to all who knew him. ( His Dad was my Mother's cousin. ) Wishing you strength and love as you remember the many fond memories the two of you shared.

Karen Hanrahan

27 August 2019

Dear Sandy and family, I was so sad to read about Bob’s passing. I have many fond memories of Bob from when he built our beautiful home in East Swanzey when we first moved here from RI. He was a kind and wonderful man with a wonderful smile. Our love and prayers to you and your family.

Nicole (Johndro) O'Hara

23 August 2019

Bob was a very smart, talented, hard-working and kind gentleman. Throughout my 13 years at Hamshaws I got to visit with him during his frequent stops for work supplies; I always enjoyed his stories, his quiet sense of humor and his updates on his family (of whom he was extremely proud!) I'm praying that comfort and peace will surround his family and friends during this difficult time -- he will be greatly missed.

Dave & Linda Minickiello

23 August 2019

Our sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to Bob's wife Sandy and their family. We were saddened to read about Bob's passing but luckily have so many memories of wonderful times spent with him and his family. In the beginning we lived across the street from them when he was getting his business off the ground, on Forest Street, in Keene. We watched their children grow along with ours, and eventually welcomed son, Jim onto the KHS wrestling team, where he became a champ! Bob and Sandy were so very helpful and longtime members of the booster club. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you endure this sad time. Hugs, Dave, Linda and Minickiello family

Raynor Sr

21 August 2019

Sandra, Jimmy and Shellie,
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing, he was a true gentleman and a great father and husband. I hope the great memories you have will help you through this difficult time. So many people are better today for having known Bob, myself included. God Bless y'all!