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Wesley F. Hamilton

March 25, 1947 August 4, 2019
Wesley F. Hamilton
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Wesley F. Hamilton, 72, of Lancaster Twp., died Sunday, August 4, 2019.

He was born March 25, 1947 to the late A. Wesley and Margaret Hamilton. Wes was a member of the first graduating class of Seneca Valley High School, a graduate of Tri-State University in Angola, IN, and the University of Pittsburgh Law School. He worked as a civil attorney in his Zelienople law office for the past 46 years.

Wes was an avid environmentalist. He started a Zelienople chapter of the former Group for Recycling in PA in 1972 and led volunteers in the collection of glass, metal, and newspaper for recycling. The group became an independent organization named Ecologically Concerned for Zelienople, Inc. (ECOZ) that not only continued the recycling operation but expanded to a Butler County wide recycling program and acquired 200 acres for land preservation. He received the Zelienople Outstanding Young Man of the Year award in 1973 in recognition of his environmental work, and the Environmental Improvement Recognition Award, given by the Butler County Medical Society as a symbol of medicine’s appreciation for outstanding achievements in improving the environment and contributing to the health of the people of PA.

Severe budget cuts to funding for PA State Parks in 1987 attracted Wes’ attention and he worked with other local businessmen and volunteers to raise funds and provide volunteer labor for Moraine State Park. The organization grew and under Wes’ leadership became the Moraine Preservation Fund. This organization led the osprey reintroduction program at the park, the Nautical Nature tour boat on Lake Arthur, construction of a handicapped accessible fishing deck, a wildlife observation deck, and the preservation of more than 1,000 acres of land adjacent to Moraine and McConnell’s Mills state parks. We received the PA Bureau of State Parks volunteer award in recognition of his accomplishments.
Wes was the founder of Wild Waterways Conservancy and led this land conservation volunteer organization in the purchase and conservation of approximately 250 acres of environmentally important tracts. His life-long environmental volunteer work was recognized with the presentation of the Butler County Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

He was a member of the Butler County Bar Association and the PA Bar Association. Wes was a life-long Pittsburgh Pirates fan. He enjoyed boating on Lake Arthur, creating a butterfly and wildlife sanctuary at his home, and being “the great Papa” to his grandchildren.

Wes is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former Sue Weyman, who he married on May 25, 1974, and their children, Greg Hamilton of Zelienople and Ellen (Justin) Egley of Rochester; two grandchildren, Jack and Jordan Egley; two brothers, Robert (Nadine) Hamilton of Evans City, and Dean (Sally) Hamilton of Evans City; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 6-9 P.M. on Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Boylan Funeral Home, Inc., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063.

A memorial service will be held at 1 P.M. on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Earthjustice, 50 California St., Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94111, or to the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, 215 South Wallace Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715, in memory of Wes.


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Visitation

Friday

9

Aug

6:00 PM 8/9/2019 6:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 8/9/2019 9:00:00 PM
Boylan Funeral Home, Inc. - Zelienople East

324 E. Grandview Avenue
Zelienople, PA 16063

Boylan Funeral Home, Inc. - Zelienople East
324 E. Grandview Avenue Zelienople 16063 PA
United States

Memorial

Saturday

10

Aug

1:00 PM 8/10/2019 1:00:00 PM
Boylan Funeral Home, Inc. - Zelienople East

324 E. Grandview Avenue
Zelienople, PA 16063

Boylan Funeral Home, Inc. - Zelienople East
324 E. Grandview Avenue Zelienople 16063 PA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Greater Yellowstone Coalition

215 S. Wallace Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715

Earthjustice

50 California St., Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
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