April 18, 1943 - February 11, 2023
Irvin Hamilton, age 79, of Middletown, DE, transitioned on Saturday, February 11, 2023.
Born in Bryant, Palm Beach County, FL on April 18, 1943, he was the son of the late Samuel & Mary Lou (Barnes) Hamilton. Irvin grew up in Miami, FL where he graduated in 1962 from Booker T. Washington High School. On November 6, 2010 he was inducted into the Athlete Club Hall of Fame for his 3rd consecutive year of MVP and was memorialized in the school’s athletic hall. He was immediately drafted after high school where he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. On July 26, 1962, he received his PFC E3 rank as an expert Rifleman Battery A 1st Entry 35th Artillery USAR 7. During that time, he also was a member in the All Army Basketball Team. Later, he was stationed in Fort Hamilton, New York where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth McClean. They were inseparable and got married in Paterson, NJ on July 15, 1967. During his career, Irvin was a chemical production engineer at Lummus Global and was also the owner of Lucky 12’s Bar in Paterson, New Jersey.
In his spare time, Irvin enjoyed bowling, going to the casino, playing the lottery, fishing, and watching the Eagles. He was a member of Christ Temple Baptist Church in Paterson, New Jersey. Irvin was very social and will be loved and missed by many of his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Irvin was preceded in death by his son, Irvin Kishon Hamilton, Jr; sister, Mary McNeal; brothers, Sam Hamilton, Jr. (Mary) and Willie Lee Hamilton (Patrice); brother-in-law, Douglas Jones; mother-in-law, Sarah McClean; and sister-in-law, Beatrice “Doll” Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth (McClean) Hamilton; sisters, Elease Jones and Susie Cole (Stephen); many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 pm until 3 pm on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a memorial service will be held at 3 pm. Interment will be held privately.