Thomas Edwin Hamilton

14 October, 194729 November, 2019

Thomas Edwin Hamilton Age 72 From Montague, MI Born October 14, 1947 in Detroit, MI Died November 29, 2019 at home

Tom Graduated from Muskegon Community College with an associate degree, and Michigan State University with 2 bachelor degrees. Tom retired from U.S. Fish & Wildlife in Ludington as a Fish Biologist. He then also worked as a Custodian at Fremont Public Schools.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Charles & Lucille (Gardner) Hamilton, his in-laws Paul & Frieda (Noordhof) Gould, along with his Aunts and Uncles.

Tom is survived by his wife Janice (Gould) Hamilton aka The Cookie Lady, his Daughter Kimberly (Hamilton) Johnson, Son in-law Jason Johnson, 2 Grandchildren Makaila & Alec Johnson. He also leaves behind 2 sister in-laws, brother in-law and 3 nephews & their families, cousins and many friends.

Tom has done many great things in and around the community. In 1980 he put together an artificial fishing reef near the Muskegon Channel & Lake Michigan. It’s known as the Hamiltionreef. Tom is one of the founders and awarded a life member of the White Lake Area Sportsfishing Association. He has wrote and helped with many grants to better the community. One of the big projects was the Handicap Fishing Bridge over the White River at Covell Park in Whitehall. Tom has also built many bird houses for friends of the community. He has always enjoyed everything to do with nature which also includes hunting & fishing. Most of all his pride & joy was watching & hearing about all his grandchildren’s accomplishments.

The family is planning on a Celebration of Life for Tom at the Muskegon Conservation Club located at 1921 Lake Ave, North Muskegon Mi 49445 on March 14, 2020 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm.

Please no flowers… If you wish, Memorial contributions may be made to: Michigan Crossroads Council Friends of Scouting or send to 3213 Walker Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544. Kiwanis International (their Salmon Tournaments for kid’s fishing) Please just make note in Memory of Thomas Hamilton. The family would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for the prayers & support through this difficult time.


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Sandy Beck

3 May 2020

Kevin Butterfield

28 January 2020

Jan, I got to know Tom and you when I started at Ludington Biological Station, USFWS, Sea Lamprey Control Unit. I spent many a work days with Tom after 1982. Outside of work I remember stopping in to your house. I remember the two of you were very generous and opened your house to be a foster home. I worked with Tom and he was always networking with some sort of fishing group, or supporting the walleye program in Ludington, or improving blue bird nesting along US-31. What ever he did he enjoyed because he never stopped being involved with local organizations or helping improve the fisheries in the Great Lakes. Jan to this day I dont know how you managed the foster home while Tom worked on the road. Jan thanks for all the cookies.

Richard Allard

28 January 2020

I am so sorry to hear that Tom has passed. I wish he and I had kept in touch. I first met him at the Muskegon Steelheaders. He and I fished together a lot and won several fishing tournaments on Lake Michigan. Jan and I wish the family our condolences.

Jay Peasley

24 January 2020

Thank you Jan for letting me know. I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was a great guy whose heart was always about doing the best for nature. We were in many of the same groups, WLSA, WRWP and others. He will be missed. A. Lot.

William Bowen (WRWP)

11 January 2020

I am very sad. We would be hard pressed to find anyone else who helped the White River Water Watershed Partnership (WRWP) any more than Tom; even though we have had GREAT volunteers. Tom was always juggling two or more projects and always did a great job at each. He will always be missed.

Renee Merrill

25 December 2019

Tom and Jan are such great friends of mine who have been with me through a lot of thick and thins in my life one of the best times was when Jan catered our wedding and Tom was right there to help her. 👍. and I am so great full for the kind man he was to me! And the loving lady Jan is to this day!! Love you guys!! Rest In peace Tom.
Tom will be greatly remembered and missed ❤️

Lynn Knopf, Duck Creek Watershed Assembly

18 December 2019

Tom was a tireless advocate for the White Lake area environment. He was always willing to lend an ear or a helping hand. I admired his high ethical standards and willingness to stand for what he believed was right. He was Duck Creek Watershed Assembly's biggest champion, and will be forever missed.

Don & Karen Fowler

16 December 2019

Janice, so very sorry to hear of your loss. We just heard and send much sympathy. Our coffee times at McD's was warm and fun. Tom did many wonderful things over the years and will be missed!!!!

Tom Walter

15 December 2019

Tommy, I miss you my friend. I always enjoyed our conversations and updates. Where will I get them now? We shared a lot of inter-agency stories. I retired from the US Forest Service. The fishing reports, the basin reports, watershed activities, so much we talked about. I miss you already. May peace be with you and god bless the Cookie Lady. Your friend Tom

kathy hahka

10 December 2019

I worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service with Tommy. I didn't know him well but he always had a plan or two for fisheries management. I am sorry for your loss.

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