Edward “Ed” C. Hamelrath

October 21, 1943 - March 31, 2018
Edward “Ed” C. Hamelrath

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Edward (Ed) Cotter Hamelrath, Junior, 74, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Born on October 21, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, he was a US Navy veteran, naval engineer/illustrator, artist, and enjoyed RV-ing. In 1964 he married his best friend and love, Jeanne Donnelly Hamelrath, who preceded him in death in 2015.

Ed never met a stranger and loved telling and listening to life stories. He taught his three children to be good people by being honest, acting with integrity, working hard, not following the crowd, not taking grief from anyone and most of all, the value of a sense of humor. Ed had a natural talent for many things including art, music, golf, target shooting and an impressive devotion to detail with guns and model ships.

Ed is survived by his children, Edward Hamelrath III, Kirsten (Mark) Buchanan, and Annmarie (Jes) Stafford; three grandchildren, Carly (Dan Lavoie), Natalie, and Brianna Buchanan; his sister, Dottie Halliday; his brothers, John (Marion) Hamelrath, William (Marilou) Baker, and Chandler (Teresa) Hammond.

Per Ed’s request, there are no services planned.

In lieu of flowers, Ed would like you to slow down and enjoy the moment, whether it is time with family and friends or going to the movies. Also, have a nice steak dinner with a glass of scotch – he would want that.

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  • April 03, 2018
    Tim Spiriti lit a candle:
    Lit since April 3, 2018 at 4:02:27 AM

  • April 03, 2018
    Dorothy Halliday says:
    I will miss my little brother "Sandy." That was his nickname growing up. The two of us were buddies...we drove our mother crazy. The infamous "Dart Game Gun" went like this: when we were about six for Ed and eight for me, we came down with the chicken pox together, as usual. What one had the other wanted. She put us in our parent's bed, cleaned the house and dressed up, because in those days, the doctor came to the house. Well, we were not about to take "being good" and be quiet and polite so as our mother agonized over the doctor judging her by the house and cleanliness and how she took care of he two darling children, we proceeded to shoot a rubber dart gun up to the ceiling created general chaos in her Immaculate bedroom. We have never forgotten that escapade. Monday's will not be the same anymore, that was the evening we usually caught up on the current happenings of that week. I will truly miss my brother...we shared our childhood together and it extended to our "Big Peoples" life. Wait for me, Ed, then you can be "The Big Brother" and be in charge of showing me around. you will be missed.

  • April 03, 2018
    Pamela Lindahl (niece) lit a candle:
    Lit since April 3, 2018 at 4:23:55 PM

  • April 05, 2018
    Patrisia Magallon says:
    Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God give your family strength to endure the pain you are going through. “The day is near when all who have fallen asleep will be awaken”-John 5:28,29

  • April 08, 2018
    Paul Gergen says:
    Ed worked at Ingalls Shipbuilding from the beginning of the expansion of the West Bank. Ed worked on a variety of ships, protocols, procedures and legal issues. Ed had the rare capacity that most in management could only dream of - he made money for the company and also saved money. I worked with Ed on many projects as we saved millions of dollars, my most cherished memory was a description Ed signed noting me as "The finest investigator I know Sincerely Edward C. Hammelwrath Jr March 19, 2001", Ed was much greater than I.