steveStephen L Hamilton died unexpectedly September 8, 2014 on Chebeague Island, Maine.

Steve spent his early years growing up on Chebeague Island with his grandmother and grandfather (Laura and Louis Hamilton). Later, they all would move to Portland in the winter with his mother (Ruth Britting) and he attended Portland High School.

He served his country honorably in the US Army Infantry in the Vietnam conflict. After service, he earned his GED and received a certificate in Cabinet Making learning the art of Antique Repair through the GI Bill. He worked for many years repairing antiques and enjoyed restoring many of the family treasures left in the house on the Island.

No matter where Steve traveled or lived, Chebeague Island was always calling him home. He often would spend summers staying with and watching over his feisty grandmother until she was no longer able to spend the summers in her home. After her death, he spent time restoring the island home and making it his own.

Steve loved researching his Scottish ancestry and traveled several times to Scotland to see the castles and battle grounds of the Hamilton clan. He also read extensively about the Civil War and researched his great great grandfathers entrance to the United States and his service in the Civil War with the Vermont Regiment. He enjoyed owning, shooting and trading his reproduction antique guns.

He was actively involved with the veterans organization.

Steve is survived by his sisters Susan Nielsen of Florida and Sharon Britting of Gorham and Uncle David Hamilton and neices Beth Nielsen, Jennifer Leute, and Lauren Marley.

The family of Stephen L. Hamilton would like to invite you to attend an informal gathering of friends and family to honor Steve's memory and to say our goodbye. Do you have a funny story about your experiences with Steve? We would love for you to share it.

Steve was a Vietnam veteran. The following photo was sent from Vietnam around 1967 or 68.

With his Grandmother Laura on Chebeague
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