Leon A. Hamilton

leonCHEBEAGUE ISLAND - Leon A. Hamilton, 67, passed away on March 29, 2015, at
his winter home on Pine Island, Fla., after a long and fierce battle with
lung cancer.

He was born on Feb. 5, 1948, in Portland, the son of Leland M. and Elsie
(Ross) Hamilton. Leon grew up on Chebeague Island, attended island schools
and graduated from Greely High School in 1966. He joined the Navy after
graduation and subsequently served in the U. S. Coast Guard, after a stint
with the Portland Fire Department. Leon captained the Coast Guard boat
that laid power cable and service to lighthouses along the coast of Maine.
He served in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm, ending his
career as a Chief Petty Officer.

Leon was a lobsterman throughout his life, starting at a very early age by
helping his father. He ended his career with a recreational license to
catch more than enough for a feast at any given time. He was a captain for
the Chebeague Transportation Company for 15 years, running the ferry and
barge. Leon also operated Reel Deal Sport Fishing, a deep sea fishing
company, which enabled him to continue his love of fishing on the open
ocean. His last working venture involved transporting workers from
Harpswell to Snow Island in his boat "Greta and Sean."

Leon was outspoken in his opinions regarding island politics and was
elected to the Transition Committee, later serving as selectman for the
newly formed "Town of Chebeague Island."

His spare time was spent hunting, fishing, clamming, cheering on the New
England Patriots, and doting on his grandchildren, Greta and Sean. In
recent years, he discovered the pleasure of fishing in the shallow waters
off the Florida coast.

Leon was a generous, kind, humorous, straight-shooting man. He is widely
remembered for his welcoming smile. He will be so missed by so many.
Leon is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Trower) Hamilton; brother Sherman
(Teri) Hamilton, sisters Lois (Bob) Cafmeyer and Holly (Bob) Dixon,
sister-in-law Martha Trower; stepdaughter Jessica (Rich) Jackson Fleck,
stepson Benjamin Jackson; grandchildren Greta Fleck and Sean Fleck; along
with numerous nieces, nephews; and extended family. He was predeceased by
his parents; twin brother Leland, and sister, Loretta Parker.

Visiting hours will be held at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane,
Yarmouth, on Friday, April 17, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. A memorial service will
take place at Chebeague Island Methodist Church on Saturday, April 18,
2015. at 1 p.m. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video
collage of Leon's life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to the
Island Commons
132 Littlefield Rd.
Chebeague Island, Maine 04017



Leon and Leland

Leland and Leon
Sherman, Leland and Leon
Leon and Leland

Leon and Leland with father Leland

Chebeague Island School c.1961 - Leland is back row 3rd from left beside his twin brother Leon.
Back row: Michael Hamilton, Leon Hamilton, Leland Hamilton, Med Bowen, Cappy Dyer and Charlie Kuntz
Front row: Polly Smith, Holly Hamilton, Donna Damon and Sharon Burgess

Lois, Leland, Holly, Elsie, Sherman, Loretta, and Leon

Top row: David Burgess, Stephen Slowik, Med Bowen, and Stephen Ross
1st Row: Leland Hamilton, Leon Hamilton, and Raymond Ross