Ross Eldon Hamlin, of Ipswich, MA and Acworth, GA, passed away on July 27th, 2021. He was 96 years of age.
Born in June 1925 in Provo, Utah, he married Virginia Hatch in Melrose, Massachusetts in 1945. Married for over 60 years, Ross and Virginia raised four children. He is survived by daughters Dana Brigham, Barbara Reynolds (Jim) and son Mark (Susan). Adored Grandpa and Pop-Pop to grandchildren Katie Battaglia (Jason), Laura Gariepy (Patrick), Meredith Sarver (Doug), Hilary McGraw (Patrick) and Jake Reynolds (Shannen). His beloved great-grandchildren, “the Mob” include Virginia, Jordan, Ezra, Glenys and Ender Battaglia, Samuel Gariepy, Kira and Reid Sarver, Theo McGraw and Jameson Reynolds. He was preceded in death by his daughter Janis, wife Virginia and son-in-law Dick Brigham.
Ross enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1944, after graduating from Melrose High School in 1943. He attended Purdue University for a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and rejoined the United States Air Force in 1948. Following a service career lasting 31 years, Ross retired as Colonel, Command Pilot, having earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses and Bronze Stars. He participated, with great distinction, as a combat pilot in WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.
Upon retirement, Ross and Virginia bought a cottage on Little Neck, Cape Ann, MA which became the treasured home of annual summer family gatherings. He was in residence at Little Neck this summer, doting on his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as always.
Donation in his memory can be made to the USO, https://www.uso.org/
A Celebration of Ross' Life will be announced at a later date. To send a letter of condolence to the Hamlin family please go to the Morris Funeral Home website at: MorrisFH.com .