Mary Hamilton

Mary Hamilton

Dearly beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother

Native of Ireland, resident of Nutley, N.J., (85)


 Mary Hamilton of Nutley, N.J. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

 Visitation will be held on Monday, September 4th from 2 until 4pm, and 7 until 9 pm at the Armitage & Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, N.J.  The funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday September 5th, 10:00 am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 120 Prospect St., Nutley, NJ. If you wish to visit the funeral home prior to the Mass, please arrive by 9 a.m.  Burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.

 Mary (May) is survived by her family: daughter Mary (Bob), daughter Sarah (Mike), son James, daughter Theresa (Mario), son Michael (Helene).  May was preceded in death by her husband James and daughter Kathleen.  She was cherished and will be greatly missed by her grandchildren: Chase, Siobain, Paige, Aidan, Rachel and Samantha.  She will also be missed by her brother James and many other family members currently residing in Ireland and England.

May Hamilton was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland - the daughter of the late Dennis and Mary Murray. She was the oldest sibling of eight children, six of whom predeceased her. May met the “love of her life”- James Hamilton (Jim, aka Skipper), at a dance in Dublin. They married and went on to welcome three children: Mary, Sarah and James Jr.; while residing in the married quarters of the army barracks in Dublin. Jim then immigrated to America where he found work and established a residence in Newark.  May was reunited with Jim and the family grew to six children, upon the arrivals of Theresa, Michael and the late Kathleen.  They moved the family from Newark to Kearny, NJ, where they resided for many years before settling in Belleville, NJ.   Sadly, Jim passed away in July of 2015, and May subsequently moved to Nutley, NJ.

May and Jim were happily married for 61 years.  May’s devout catholic faith sustained her throughout her life.  She was a wonderful mom and loved everything involved in raising her six children, thereby creating a warm and happy home for her family.  She worked hard, without complaint and maintained a high level of energy in both her family and work life.  When May wasn’t managing a busy household, she worked as a waitress in places such as: Thomm’s restaurant in Newark and The Chanticler in Millburn.  May loved her Irish culture and along with Jim supported various Irish associations over the years; especially, the Newark St. Patrick’s Day parade and the annual Easter march. She loved music in all forms and enjoyed lending her lovely voice to the festivities at family gatherings and Christmas celebrations. Later on in life she relished time spent with Jim and her family, especially her grandchildren.  

May was a treasure to many because of her loving and kind nature, genuine warmth, and ready smile.  She had the patience of a saint. May was a great listener and confidant, and was always there for her family and friends. She made everyone who entered her home feel welcome, and there was always a hot meal on hand for unexpected guests.  May had a wonderful sense of humor and always maintained a positive and cheerful outlook on life.  She was as beautiful inside, as she was on the outside.  Everyone who knew her loved her.  May lived her life fully and courageously and exhibited such grace and quiet strength through life’s trials and tribulations.   She was truly and deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to Alzheimer's New Jersey.

Posted on August 30, 2017 .