Charles Hamilton

Charles "Charlie" Walter Hamilton

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
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Charles Walter (“Charlie”) Hamilton, age 88, died on Christmas Eve at his home in Louisville, KY. Strong and stubborn to the end, Charlie was told in early November that he was only expected to live another two weeks due to heart and kidney problems. Charlie far exceeded that prediction, leading one of his doctors to joke that he had “outlived his expiration date” and his family was blessed to be able to spend these bonus weeks with him.

Charlie is survived by Kathleen Hamilton, his wife and soulmate of 66 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Debbie Hamilton, his son Larry (Alicia) and 7 grandchildren, Shelley Waldman (Mark), Brian Carney (Brandi), Regina Blake (Colin), Drew Hamilton, Charles Hamilton, Parker Hamilton and Graham Hamilton, together with 3 great-grandchildren, Brianne, Bralynn and Ethan. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Hamilton and Regina Hamilton, his brother and 8 sisters.

Charlie was born in Louisville on October 18, 1931 (he often joked that the same day Thomas Edison died another bright bulb was born). Charlie worked as a Master Plumber and eventually owned his own plumbing business. He later had a successful career building homes and apartments.

Charlie was full of stories and always the life of the party. He was generous, loyal to friends, a great family man and a loving father and family patriarch. He enjoyed sports, cards, the CARDS, and cutting up with family and friends. They will smile at the memories of his stories and antics but will miss him terribly.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 26th at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road.

His funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Highlands Funeral Home with burial at Calvary Cemetery, and a reception to follow at St Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, 2141 Lancashire Ave. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Charlie’s life.

Charlie and his family appreciate the outpouring of prayers and support from family, friends and neighbors during Charlie’s illness and are so grateful for the amazing care team from Hosparus Health.

Charlie asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to St Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, building renewal fund, 2141 Lancashire Ave., Louisville, KY 40205 or Hosparus Health, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive, Louisville, KY 40205 (envelopes available).
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, December 26th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Highlands Funeral Home
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    Louisville 40205
  • Service

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, December 27th, 2019 10:00am
    Highlands Funeral Home
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    Louisville 40205
  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    1600 Newburg Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
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Joe Conder

Posted at 12:54pm
Uncle Charlie

Thank you so much for all of the words of wisdom, love, jokes & knowledge you gave us for all of your years. You were so special & we thought you would live forever. Age 88 & you never stopped communicating to anyone who would listen. We were the lucky ones to know you & we sure do need more like you.
Thank you for being a terrific "family man" & a leader to the very end. We miss you & will remember you forever. Thank you for your time & your kindness
& Thank you Kathleen & all of the Hamilton family for all of the love & support you gave to Charlie.

Leo & Linda George

Posted at 10:51pm
Kathleen and Charlie were mine and Linda’s friends much of the years we lived in Louisville. We had sweet fellowship over coffee on numerous occasions, and Charlie and I played many rounds of golf. I won’t take the space to tell some of the stories I could tell here. I will say that Charlie called me on November 4 of this year to tell me he was dying in a couple of weeks. We said our goodbyes at that time. But, I reminded him that we would be seeing each other again n heaven before too long. It would be my pleasure to have Charlie & Kathleen as neighbors up there some day. God bless you, Kathleen and family as you say your temporary goodbyes to Charlie. May God be all sufficient for your every need. Blessings to you all!

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