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740 East 86th St, Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

Andrew James Forrestall Hamilton Sr.

July 7, 1965March 23, 2020

Andrew James Forrestall Hamilton Sr. of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Bridgewater, Ma., passed away March 23, 2020.

Lovingly known as “Drew” or “Big Drew” by those close to him, was born July 7, 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was the son of Hilary and Stanley Hamilton.

Andrew is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Karen (McElroy) Hamilton. He was the proud father of his eldest son Andrew James Forrestall Jr. (A.J.), his daughter Mary Kate and his youngest son William. Andrew was so proud to see A.J.’s engagement this winter to his beautiful fiancée Amanda Pont. Andrew also leaves behind his two parents, his sister Alison and her three children. He was dearly loved by his wife Karen’s side of the family and will be missed by his mother-in-law Eleanor McElroy, brothers and sisters-in-law and nephews.

Andrew lived life to the fullest.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and playing tennis with his friends and with his sons. He always knew the best restaurants in every city in the country and was the best tour guide. Andrew loved music, and his wife and children fondly remember many nights spent in the living room of their home listening to music and singing together. Andrew had a nickname for everyone and a knack for making people feel important. He was an especially proud father and could often be found talking about his children’s accomplishments.

Andrew was a graduate of Hobart College (Class of 1987) and was a brother of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was proud to welcome his son Will into the Sigma Chi brotherhood at Wabash College last year. Andrew was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. In the last years of his life, he spent his Saturdays volunteering at Dayspring Center with his fellow parishioners.

Andrew’s family would like to thank St. Vincent’s Hospital for their loving care in his final hours. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, public services will be postponed until we can again gather in groups larger than 10. Andrew's family encourages his friends and loved ones to stay tuned for more information on a date when we can come together to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Andrew’s memory to: Dayspring Center, 1537 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

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Carolyn Marsan

April 2, 2020

Karen --

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mary Kate, Will and AJ as you grieve the loss of your beloved husband and father. We hope you find comfort in your faith during this difficult time.

All our love,
The Marsan Family

Lisa Hamilton

April 1, 2020

When Andrew, cousin of my late husband, Scott, reached out to me in the past few years, it was a clear blessing from the beginning. Offering me “any cousinly help,” Andrew made it clear to this transplanted Hoosier that I always had a friend in “the great state of Indiana,” aka “America’s Heartland,” and his obvious integrity lent me security.

Andrew’s memories of Scott are ones I treasure. Andrew allowed me a view into his deep and deepening spirituality, which was generous indeed. I am so sad that our burgeoning friendship was cut short, in part because I was looking forward to meeting Karen and their beloved children.

Last fall, Andrew kept a promise to me, and while visiting Mary Kate in Bloomington, he also visited the graves of his cousin, and Scott’s and my son, Ted. Unable to find the mums (Scott’s favorite flowers) I’d suggested, Andrew left a pumpkin and an ear of calico corn. And he “tidied the graves.” When Andrew wrote me about his visit, we agreed that, given the appreciation of corny humor Andrew shared with Scott and Ted, corn was the perfect gesture.

But the pumpkin? A little, round, seedy pumpkin? Only now, in the wake of Andrew’s death, does this unremarkable offering makes sense. Because Andrew understood that seeds are within us as seeds are within our Lord, seeds never quite dormant, but eternally eager for new friendships, new blessings, new life. Andrew understood so clearly of new life, both here and in the world to come.

As I’ve prayed for Andrew in his transition to eternity, I’ve envisioned Scott taking him Home. “Welcome, Cousin,” he says. And they laugh together from pure joy.

Tom Faludy

March 31, 2020

Dear Karen and Family
I just wanted you to know how much I valued and enjoyed getting to know Drew via ABC. He was kind, open and welcoming. I (along with everyone) could always count on his genuine smile and hearty greeting. I believe that it was at a Tailgate event that he introduced me to your youngest son, William... what a proud and loving Dad.
I will miss my new friend, Drew.

I pray for the peace of God and the love of friends and family to comfort you all.

Larry Dykes

March 31, 2020

I always enjoyed Drew's company at ABC events or the White River Yacht Club. Drew had a dry wit and was blessed with a big heart. When our granddaughter was born and had some severe health issues, thankfully fully recovered, whenever I saw Drew his first question was to ask how she was doing. He always followed that with " I'm praying for all of you brother". I am so sad to lose my friend far too young. Prayers to Karen and his family.

John Chiazza

March 30, 2020

Drew will be missed. I enjoyed working with him at Merrill Lynch spending time in my office just talking about everything. Always fun playing golf with him. Enjoyed having him play in the member guest at Sycamore Hills. A true professional will be missed.

Patrick Bondi

March 30, 2020

Caitlin and I are very sorry for your family's loss. I had lunch with Mr. Hamilton and AJ in West Lafayette shortly before AJ graduated from Wabash a couple of years ago. While I had never met AJ's father before, provided we didn't bump into each other at a Wabash football tailgate, I felt so comfortable with him that it felt as though I had known him my entire life. He was such a warm, funny, and caring man. I wish the Hamilton family the best during these trying times.

Bill Stubblefield

March 30, 2020

This obituary written by his daughter Mary Kate is “ Perfect Work !” . Drew was all those things and more . He was my hunting and fishing buddy , my concert and sporting event companion , my eating and drinking partner .
We traveled together and entertained together
talked business , told stories and laughed until we cried .
I want to thank Drew for all the friends I met because of him and all the fun we had along the way . In Ancient Greece when a man died , they only asked one question “ Did the man live with passion ? “ You know that answer if you knew Drew. We all believe he is in a much better place ... yet ... our hearts that our Lord Jesus taught us to love with are breaking . I already miss my dear friend .
Love to you all and especially Karen , AJ, Mary Kate and ( “my name sake “ ) Will .
He loved you all most of all !
Love
Bill Stubblefield

Brenda Morrison

March 29, 2020

RIP DREW!

You were always the “Best Man”

David Benedetto

March 29, 2020

Dear Karen and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Drew’s passing. The picture you chose for him captures his essence perfectly and is exactly how I remember him. I wish you peace at this time of profound sadness. May you be comforted by his love for you all and all of the wonderful memories you have of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Becky Teo

March 28, 2020

Karen and Family,
I am so sorry to hear the news. I haven’t seen most of you for a very long time (young YMCA days)but I am so grateful that I ran into Karen about a year ago and got reconnected. I wish I could give you all hugs...perhaps later.
I know you will all hold Drew’s gifts to life close to your hearts. He will always surround you with love. Take care of each other.
❤️
Becky Teo

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