Keith D. Hamilton

  • Born: November 21, 1938
  • Died: November 18, 2019
  • Location: Naples, Florida

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

32000 Detroit Road
Avon, OH 44011
Tel. (440) 937-6175

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Friend

Keith D. Hamilton, most recently of Naples, FL and formerly of Northeast Ohio, died on Monday, November 18, 2019 at St. Mary of the Woods in Avon, Ohio. He fought valiantly against Parkinson's Disease without complaint for the last 25 years.
Keith was born November 21, 1938 to the late Roger and Helen Hamilton, and was raised in Des Plaines, IL and Clinton, WI. He graduated in 1956 from Clinton High School with Honors. He was very gifted musically and enjoyed serving as Drum Major to the marching band, singing in school musicals and performing with the "Blue Notes" dance band.
Keith's education continued at Carroll University in Waukesha, receiving his bachelor's in business administration in 1960 and then his MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1963. During this time, he met Nancye Scobie when they both worked as playground directors in Janesville, WI. They married on August 7, 1960 and enjoyed almost 60 years together.
Following college, Keith was hired by the Allen-Bradley company in Milwaukee, and began his 35 year career with them, retiring as Human Resources Director in the Rockwell Automation Mayfield Heights headquarters. Upon retirement he founded the consulting business People Effectiveness, Inc. where he enjoyed helping small businesses for the next ten years.
Keith was a proponent of providing service back to his community. He served in many roles over the years, including State of Ohio school board member, Lake Education Assistance Foundation and board member to Hospice of the Western Reserve for 20 years. He also enjoyed teaching adults and was an adjunct instructor of business at numerous colleges including Lakeland Community College and Notre Dame College of Ohio.
Keith decided that upon his death his final act of service would be to provide his brain for study to further advance the research for Parkinson's Disease. He was privileged to do this through the Brain Endowment Bank at the University of Miami, Florida.
Left to cherish Keith's memory are his beloved wife, Nancye; three daughters, Jennifer Hamilton, Brenda DiGiulio (Gregg), and Rebecca Baker (Rick); four grandchildren, Nico, Isabella, Zachary and Grace; and one sister, Ellyn George. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, Dr. James Hamilton.
In Keith's memory, the family asks that contributions be made to Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, 5926 Premier Way Suite #114, Naples, FL 34109 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, PO Box 72101, Cleveland, OH 44192.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 10:00 am at Bay Presbyterian Church, officiated by Dr. Kenneth W. Chalker, 25415 Lake Rd., Bay Village, OH 44140, with lunch to follow. There will be a Celebration of Life held in Naples, FL on January 11, 2020. The Busch Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Keith D. Hamilton. 440.937.6175


Condolence & Memory Journal

Keith was ultra friendly, outgoing and almost every subject was an occasion for humor -- my wife Gloria and I met him and family in 1966 while we were building a home next door -- at that time Keith came to me and asked me to play golf on a new course (Nagawaukee) - well we did play - twice! - I was disappointed when they moved -- but we continued our relationship in Cleveland and Naples -- what i really admired about Keith was his drive to overcome Parkinson's --
the last time we were in Naples he wanted to play golf - I didn't know what to expect - we played and I was blown away - We played and Keith WALKED!!! - Nancye, you and the "girls" can be very proud of his many positive attributes - Go forward with your lives - your loss is heaven's gain
All the BEST -- Love - Floyd Raterink

Posted by FLOYD RATERINK - BROOKFIELD, WI   November 29, 2019

A good man has left us and surely will be missed by many. We loved, loved his dry sense of humor---right to the end in Naples, Keith was funny. How fortunate we were to be friends in Brookfield while our children were little and then become reacquainted in Florida
years later. He was so proud of his "girls" (again so many funny stories!) and Nancye you were a wonderful help-mate all through his life. So, Nancye now take care of yourself and Keith rest in peace.
Jerry and Sue Falci

Posted by Sue and Jerry Falci - Elm Grove, WI   November 26, 2019

"I first met Keith in early 1976 after sending in my resume to Allen-Bradley. I found out after I was hired that it was Keith that pushed the Marketing manager to interview me. 36+ years later I retired from Rockwell Automation and I have Keith to thank for his caring efforts. He and I attended a couple of Mayfield City Council meeting together when Rockwell started planning for our new headquarters building and he encouraged and supported my community service efforts both on behalf of the company and in my community. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He helped change my life and for that I will always be grateful.

Posted by Les Jones - Cleveland Heights, OH - Coworker   November 24, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Keith's passing. I remember him with great fondness and deep respect. I first met Keith in the early 1990's when I served on Mayfield Heights City Council. We were both founding members of the Mayfield Business Alliance Foundation. Keith worked closely with community leadership and large corporations in the Mayfield school district. He was a wonderful colleague and mentor. Keith was well respected in the community and the business alliance and a genuinely kind person. Thoughts and prayers to all of Keith's family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Loretta Schmitt - Port Charlotte, FL   November 23, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancye and family during this time of sorrow.
Keith was a gentleman's gentleman and will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

Posted by Joe & Marilyn Gregory - Punta Gorda, FL - Friend   November 23, 2019

Keith taught business courses at Notre Dame College for many years. In Keith's classes, the students not only learned how to be successful in business and life, but more importantly, they learned to be people of integrity empowered to make ethical decisions, even in challenging situations. Keith was always totally prepared, made every minute of every class relevant and interesting, and had a keen sense of humor. Students LOVED his classes. He was kind and respectful to absolutely everyone. In short, Keith was a class act and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Sr. Helen Burdenski - Chardon, OH - coworker   November 22, 2019

Rebecca and Rick - we are very sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. He sounds like a beautiful man. May all the wonderful memories you had with him carry you through this difficult time. Todd & Michele Rambasek

Posted by Todd Rambasek - Westlake, OH - Friend   November 21, 2019

While it is a sad time that we are losing Keith's physical presence among us, we have all been blessed by the gifts that he leaves behind. Moreover, I know that I and other share in having been inspired by his kindness and dedication to the causes and missions he has supported.

Posted by David Simpson - Akron, OH - Friend   November 20, 2019

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Hospice of the Western Reserve, we express our thanks and appreciation for Keith's leadership and support of our mission over 20 years of service. We extend our condolences to friends and family, and we hope that those who knew and loved Keith are comforted by knowing his work with Hospice helped improve care in our community.

Bill Finn
President & CEO, Hospice of the Western Reserve

Posted by Bill Finn - Coworker   November 20, 2019

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