David Scott Hamilton

davidSOUTH PORTLAND – David Scott Hamilton, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in South Portland on Jan. 8, 2023 after a long illness.

He was born Jan. 10, 1936, the youngest of four children born to Louis and Laura (Hill) Hamilton on Chebeague Island. David grew up there and graduated from the Chebeague Island High School, class of 1954.

After high school he enlisted in the USAF and served for six years as an Aircraft mechanic. During his tour of duty, while stationed in Germany, he had the honor to serve as Crew chief for future astronaut, Buzz Aldrin. The highlight of his time in Europe is when he met and married the love of his life, Maureen Perry of Portsmouth, England.

The couple remained in Germany before returning to Maine with their first born, eventually settling in South Portland where they raised their family.

He went to work at Crosby-Laughlin in Portland as a steel worker and ran the “Big Hammer” for 20 years. While there he was elected by his co-workers to be Union representative. When the plant closed he moved to Bath Iron Works where he worked as a foreman for ship fitters for 15 years until his retirement.

David will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He touched many lives with his kindness and generosity. He had a wonderful sense of humor with his keen New England wit.

Above all, was his love and dedication to his wife, Maureen. He always made her his priority and even with health challenges in the past few years, he never complained.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Charles, and sisters Rachel and Ruth.

He is survived by his wife, Maureen, of 66 years; son, Paul and wife Cherry of England, daughter, Jane and husband Joe Brien of South Portland, sons Peter of Portland and David James of Freeport; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He will be sadly missed by all.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

David Scott had a great love of all animals and the family has requested that any memorial contributions be made in his name to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.