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.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service on Friday, Feb. 3rd at 1:00 pm at Trinity United Church, 29 Main St., Seabrook, NH (corner of Folly Mill Rd. and Rte. 1). Interment will be in the Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill, MA. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, Feb. 1st from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Trinity United Church Parish House (parking lot entrance is on Folly Mill Rd) in Seabrook, NH. Arrangements are by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes, Haverhill and Bradford, MA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Seabrook Historical Society, P.O. Box 414, Seabrook, NH, 03874 or to the NH Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord, NH, 03301. Condolences to his family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.