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Donald E. Hamilton

October 1, 1944 — September 10, 2023

Mr. Donald E. Hamilton, of Newton, died Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was 78. 

Born in Newton on October 1, 1944, Don was the eldest son of the late Edward and Patricia (Carter) Hamilton. He was raised and educated in Waltham and a graduate of Waltham High School.

In 1964 Don married the love of his life, Patricia Goinsalvos, in Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton. The high school sweethearts lived for a short period of time in Bellingham, but soon moved to Newton to raise their family and make it their lifelong home.

Don's warmest memories were made on family vacations. From road trips to Tennessee and Disney when their children were young to later Caribbean cruises and trips to Las Vegas and Foxwoods Casino, Don cherished these moments spent exploring new destinations with his loved ones. He also had a special appreciation for classic cars and loved going to car shows.

One of Don's simple pleasures in life was sharing meals with his family. They often gathered at his favorite spot, the Wayside Inn, where he savored every meal accompanied by cup after cup of his usual drink– black coffee with just a little cream. Furthermore, Don had a sweet tooth, which he has passed down to the younger generations, and delighted in indulging in ice cream and strawberry shortcake.  He also took great pride in making sure that the curb appeal of his house was always top-notch, ensuring that everything from the flags to the flowers looked impeccable. Whether he was driving for work or on his way to the supermarket to find the week's best deals, he always had the radio on tuned to golden oldies music. He loved Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, and Jimmy Buffett just to name a few, and he even got to see some of his other favorites in concert over the years, like Tony Bennett and the Bronx Wanderers. After a long day at work, Don would be greeted by his beloved dogs, Peanut and Bella, and would unwind by watching his favorite classic television shows and movies, like "The Three Stooges" and "Smokey and the Bandit."  

Don was strong-willed and possessed an unyielding sense of loyalty and love for his family. His proudest accomplishments in life were undeniably his family and his impeccable work ethic. His career led him to become a dedicated member of the UAW and a maintenance technician at General Motors for over 30 years. Don later embarked on a career driving for Veterans Taxi, which unfortunately came to an end due to the pandemic. However, undeterred and not knowing the meaning of "retirement," he stayed on, driving for First Call where he continued to serve others and provide for his family.

Don leaves his wife of 59 years, Patricia Hamilton; his children, Debbie Hamilton of Newton, David Hamilton (Joan) of Pittsfield New Hampshire, and Sandy Hamilton of Newton; his grandchildren, Jasmyne (Mohammed Alaswad), David Jr. (Samantha), Angela (Connor Palma), and Gina; his great-grandson Oliver; his sister and brother, Sheryl Nutile and Robert Hamilton, both of Waltham; his brother and sister-in-Law, Richard Goinsalvos and Robyn Goinsalvos; his nephew Adam Goinsalvos (Bree) and their children Evan and Amelia.

Family and friends will honor and remember Don's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, September 15th from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by his funeral service at 7 p.m.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Donald E. Hamilton, please visit our flower store.

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Friday, September 15, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Friday, September 15, 2023

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