Death of Bob Hamilton Leaves Opening For Berkshire VP

2007 MAY - Robert Hamilton, our Berkshire area Vice President, passed
away this February after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Hamilton, age 86, was a retired North Adams State College
professor. He and his deceased wife Phyllis lived in the Town of Adams, where,
he was the chairman of the Adams Council of Aging and former president of the
Berkshire County Elder Services Group. He was also the chief psychologist of
the Northern Berkshire Child Guidance Center.

“At one time, our Association did not have a Berkshire
District,” said Association President Ralph White. “We had a Western Mass.
District which, in area, was the largest District in the state. Eighteen years
ago, we changed our bylaws to create the Berkshire District in order to take
the load off Jack Walsh, our Western Mass. VP.

“Bob Hamilton had been doing volunteer work for us in his
end of the state for some time and when we held an election he was unanimously
approved. Over the years, he’s been a valuable asset to our membership. There
was no chore too big or small for him to handle. He was a real people person,
which has always been a prerequisite for any of our officers. Bob had a very
impressive education and career resume, which he never allowed to get in the
way of identifying with the many blue collar retirees he served.”

Phyllis and Bob Hamilton also found time to raise a fine
family of three sons and two daughters. The family tree has now extended to
eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Our Western Mass. Vice President Jack Walsh, who lives in
Hadley, has also been covering the Berkshire District during Bob Hamilton’s
illness over the past two years. We will be holding an election in the
Berkshire District in September.