Norman Rockwell Model Passes Away

Arthur Robert Hamilton, loving father, brother and husband, born May 4, 1926, in New Brunswick, N.J., passed away Monday, July 28, 2008, in Aztec.

Growing up in Albany, N.Y., Bob chose to support the United States and enlisted in the Navy where he was stationed at Great Lakes Navel Base in Illinois. After WWII, Bob went on to finish his education at the University of Maryland. After earning a BFA in accounting, he went on to dedicating his life to the Boy Scouts of America.

Bob was a lifelong scout, earning the distinction of Eagle at the age of 15. He was used as model for the Norman Rockwell painting, “We, Too, Have a Job to Do.” At the age of 17, he presented a lithograph of the painting to Henry A. Wallace, the vice president of the United States, on the White House steps.

After the war, his scoutmaster encouraged him to continue his service to others and enter the professional service of the Boy Scouts of America. Bob was a career fundraiser for the Scouts and has worked all over the United States, helping others throughout his life.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, John Hamilton; mother, Elizabeth Hauth; his wife, Suzanne; and brother, William Hamilton.

He is survived by his brother, Jack, and Walter Hamilton; his children, Christopher and his wife, Susanne, of Farmington, Drew and his wife, Genevieve, of Brier, Wash., Jennifer and her husband, Fred Lopez, of Farmington, and Alison and Kevin King of Chandler, Ariz. Bob has three grandsons, Tyler William, Colby Carter and Jordan Christopher Hamilton, of Farmington.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

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