Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

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Russell Ralph Hamilton

September 11, 1950July 15, 2019

On July 15, 2019 Russell Ralph Hamilton (68) went to be with our Lord and Savior. A Legend is now in Heaven! He was preceded in death by his father, Russell Stouffer Hamilton. Russell will be missed every day by his loving mother Dorothea Swanson Hamilton, his sister Karen Hamilton Crum, (Jimmy), nephew, Kevin, (Katie), his great-nephew, Colin, his niece, Lindsey Crum, sister Kathleen Hamilton Fett, (Michael), his nieces, Olivia Lowry, (Matt), and Michelle Fett, his brother, Daniel James Hamilton, and his love of 21 years, Daria Bellina. Russell leaves behind special friends, Richard Cesary, Jeff Varndell, Pat Lewis, as well as countless others.

Russell was a lifetime resident of Rockledge, Florida. He graduated from Cocoa High School in 1968 and was a Master Carpenter his entire life. He never met anyone, that wasn’t soon, to be his friend. He was known to all for his generosity, kindness, his joyful heart, his willingness to help anyone in need, anytime with anything, his indescribable humor, and his never-ending love for all of Gods plants and greenery.

Services to be held Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Rockledge Presbyterian Church, Rockledge, Florida. Internment to be at Florida Memorial Gardens following the service.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Florida Native Plant Society or the Audubon Society.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 17, 2019


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Jeff Lucas

July 18, 2019

I remember many mornings chatting with Russell at the Jimmies Restaurant counter. He always had calm demeanor, nice things to say, good advice on building stuff and auction vehicles. I remember being young and thinking how I could be so collected and thoughtful as Russell given how irrational I was. I am sad on his passing.

Lou Jorfi

July 16, 2019

I'm so sad to hear of Russell's passing. To me he was the big brother I never had. Russell had a quality that only a few have. After I came back from SE Asia or after military missions I would take leave and visit my parents. I would call Russell to meet up with him to shoot the breeze and catch up. Before PTSD was a thing, I had it. Although he didn't know it, Russell was my first counselor. He was one of those few people who had a calming effect on those he encountered. He more than anyone I've known had the healthiest and most centered prospective on life. He helped me through the initial stages of the pain of war, and he remained dedicated to my health well into my military career. With his Cheshire cat smile and soothing voice and advice he would help me stay focused on living instead of focusing on survivors guilt and my battered nerves. Russell saved me! A few years ago shorty before my father's death we both saw him on the golf course. He sat and had lunch with us, we laughed and reminisced for hours. After he left, that same calm feeling that he manifested in me those first days of my military career 40+ years ago I experienced once again on that golf course. I will miss Russell's counsel, guidance and support. I know the Hamilton family will miss their son and brother but I want to tell the Hamiltons that his legacy lives through me. What he taught me on those critical first days of my illness has been passed to 2 generations of my family. For that, thank you Russell you will always be an important part of my life and my recovery.

Wii and Cheri Wiggins

July 16, 2019

Russell had the biggest heart we have ever known. What a joy it was to spend time sharing and praying with him and Daria in May. He will forever be in our hearts and look forward to seeing him in heaven soon. Rest in the Father arms till we meet again.