Mr. Stanley A. Hamel, age 84, of Seabrook, NH died at RiverWoods Retirement Community in Exeter, NH on January 29, 2012.
Stanley was born August 4, 1927 in Haverhill, MA to Arthur A. and Pauline M. (Little) Hamel. In 1933, Stanley entered the Haverhill School system. He left Haverhill High School to attend Governor Dummer Academy, graduating with the class of 1945. He later graduated from Harvard College A.B. in 1949. Stanley worked in the family business, Hamel Realty Inc. until being drafted in the Army during the Korean War. After basic training he was sent to Heidelberg, Germany to serve in the headquarters of the US Army quarter master division.
Stanley became a resident of Seabrook, NH in 1958 and was active in civic affairs. In 1965, he was elected to the NH House of Representatives to fill a vacancy. He was appointed to the Transportation Committee, of which he was the chairman for the last half of his 10-year service. In 1969, Governor Walter Peterson appointed him to the NH American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, where he served 13 years as treasurer.
In 1979, Stanley became a trustee of the NH Historical Society, where he served 33 years, 23 of those years as treasurer. He continued to be active as vice president until his death. He joined Trinity United Church in 1960 and served as treasurer for 26 years. He was a trustee of Governor Dummer for 12 years, trustee of the Historical Society of Old Newbury for 4 years and was a trustee for the Exeter Historical Society for 1 year.
He was a member of the Harvard Club of Boston, Bald Peak Colony Club of Moultonborough, NH and a member of many antique car clubs, including the Classic Car Club of America which covered the cars that most interested him.
He is survived by his brother Dana A. Hamel of North Palm Beach, FL and Tuftonboro, NH; two nephews, David A. Hamel of York, ME and Douglas P. Hamel of Gilford, NH; one niece, Karen P. Hamel Simas of Stratham, NH, as well as seven grandnieces and nephews, Sarah Clark Hamel, Sean O. Hamel, Skyler D. Clark-Hamel, Dylan A. Hamel, Bradley J. Simas, Corbin D. Simas and Eleanor K. Simas.