Bayfield resident Anthony Hamilton died of liver cancer Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at his home. He was 77.
Known as “Tony,” he was born to Tom and Ruby Hamilton on Nov. 29, 1934, in Wharton, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas with a law degree in 1959.
On Jan. 29, 1958, he married Caroline “Sissy” “Hope” Almy in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mr. Hamilton had a general law practice, working with estates, banks and the gas-and-oil industry, in Houston and Bay City, Texas. He retired to both Bayfield and Marble Falls, Texas, in 2007.
His family said Mr. Hamilton read every history book he could from his two favorite libraries. He loved high school and college football, especially following the Texas Longhorns, kayaked the waters of central Texas and never tired of hiking the high trails of Southwest Colorado with his beloved dog, Guapo.
“Despite two years of suffering with liver cancer, he courageously continued to embrace living by means of faith, philosophical acceptance and long hikes with his border collie,” his family said. “Had he still been living in Bay City, Texas, he would no doubt have spent his last years hunting red fish in Matagorda.”
Mr. Hamilton is survived by his wife of 54 years, Hope “Sissy” Hamilton, of Bayfield and Marble Falls; children Vaughn Hamilton of Marble Falls, Adair Hamilton Watson of Alexandria, Va., Vance Hamilton of Brenham, Texas, and Marc Hamilton of Baton Rouge, La.; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Marble Falls.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301; or the Lavenia McCoy Public Library, 395 Bayfield Center Drive, Bayfield, CO 81122.