Robert Harold Hamel

April 27, 1939July 7, 2018

Hamel, Robert Harold, 79, of Apollo Beach, FL passed away at his home on July 7, 2018. He was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on April 27, 1939 to Robert Mason Hamel and Helen German Hamel. He grew up in Vergennes, Vermont and graduated from Vergennes High School in 1957. After high school he joined the Air National Guard. He also worked for Xerox for many years before becoming owner of KNE Printing and Custom Card in Springfield, Mass. He lived in South Windsor, CT for 38 years before moving to Florida. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 44 years, Barbara Nicholas Hamel; daughter, Leah Nicole Hamel of New York, NY; sister, Diane Prendergast Hamel of Tampa, FL; brother-in-law; sister-in-law; several nieces and nephews; as well as his daughters from previous marriage, Terri Doyle & family of Las Vegas, NV, Lori Gustafson & family of Glastonbury, CT and Judi Monterroso & family of Las Vegas, NV. A graveside service will be held at 11am on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens of Brandon, Florida. In lieu of flowers please donate to Mary & Martha House Inc, PO Box 1251, Ruskin, FL 33575-1251.


  • Robert Mason Hamel, Father
  • Helen German Hamel, Mother
  • Barbara Nicholas Hamel, Wife
  • Leah Nicole Hamel, Daughter
  • Diane Prendergast Hamel, Sister
  • Terri Doyle, Daughter
  • Lori Gustafson, Daughter
  • Judi Monterroso, Daughter


  • Graveside Memorial Service Thursday, August 2, 2018

Robert Harold Hamel

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Marcella & Gil Todd

August 4, 2018

Bob was a wonderful man, always willing to help a friend and neighbor. From the day we moved in he was welcoming and offering assistance. Whenever we had a question regarding home repair, we would cross the street to ask Bob. One time when we asked his advice about a light fixture installation, he just showed up at our door with his tools and did it for us! That's the type of guy he was. Our condolences go out to his family; he will be missed.

Bill Grussemeyer

August 3, 2018

Bob was my friend, my best beer drinking buddy, and a mentor. He taught me new ways to use tools, encouraged me in my endeavors and cautioned me in my foibles. What more could a guy want!

Chuck White

August 1, 2018

When my wife and I moved to South Shore Falls in 2013, one of the first persons I met was Bob. Hamel. After talking for a few minutes, we found out we had something in common, we were both from Vermont and had graduated from High School the same year, 1957. I had hoped to play golf when spending winters in FL, but Bob and I never got around to do it. Bob watched our house when we were in VT during the summer and made sure that mail wasn't left in our mail box while we were gone. This past year MAY before we returned, mail was delivered that shouldn't have been. He would wait for the mail person and tell them to take the mail back as we wouldn't be back until the middle of OCT. But mail continued to be delivered. Bob made a "blocker" that when the mail person opened the mail box mail couldn't be put into it. He wrote on the piece of wood blocking the mail box, "Forward Mail - NO MAIL!! Bob was a good friend and Janice and I will miss him. However, one of these days we will meet each other in God's home. Until then, Chuck and Janice.

Chuck & Janice White 330 Laurel Falls Drive