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James Patrick, Ph.D. & Connor Brendan Hamilton

July 2, 2016
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Message from Lisa (Strahl) & Mick Swan
July 12, 2016 10:26 AM

Our deepest and sincerest thoughts are with you.  I know not much can be said but just know you are in the thoughts of people near and far, past and present.  Word travels and I hope that messages of support and caring can heal.  Carl sends his condolences as well.  Love to you.
Message from Barak and Alexandra Griffin
July 11, 2016 9:13 PM

Dear Hamilton Family,
I work with Corning, and I heard your overwhelming news from a friend.  Please know that you have many here praying over you for peace, love, and hope during this time of mourning.  Although we have never met your family, my wife and I love you in Christ and trust that Jim and Connor are not gone but at the feet of Jesus now.  For your little boy:  "But Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.'"  Matthew 19:14.
Message from Greg Givler
July 11, 2016 9:01 PM

Jack and Ellen,

I was shocked and saddened with the news, I cannot begin to imagine what you and Jim's wife and daughter are going through at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Message from Michelle Givler Malick
July 11, 2016 8:04 PM

Jack, Ellen, John and family...I am so sorry to hear of Jim and Connors accident. You have been in my thoughts since I heard yesterday. Your family was lifted up in prayer during our service at Olivet. Know that you have many friends in Coatesville thinking of you.
Message from Marc Shaw
July 11, 2016 11:09 AM

I read about this and felt compelled to express my families deepest sympathy's with yours.  Our hearts go out to you and your daughter as well as the grandparents. Stay strong.
Message from Jon and Bronwyn Bauer
July 9, 2016 6:03 PM

This is still hard to believe...a true tragedy.  Can still picture Jim back at JM as if it were yesterday.  His laughter and his enthusiasm for everything he did, every problem he tackled, were truly infectious...a great colleague and friend.  Our sincerest condolences to Holly, Cassie and family. We'll keep Jim and Connor in our memories.
Message from Cub Scout Pack 65 Watkins Glen
July 8, 2016 6:55 PM

On behalf of Cub Scout Pack 65 of Watkins Glen, we wish to extend our deep and sincere condolences to your family.  Jim and Connor will be sorely missed at our annual Cub Mudder.  
Message from Linda (Herman) Kussmaul
July 8, 2016 3:59 PM

Dear Ellen, Jack and family,
My heart aches for you at this very sad time. Be assured of my prayers for your comfort and peace. May the love and support of family and friends be your strength. And may the God who loves you so hold you in the palm of his hand.
My sincerest love and prayers, Linda
Message from Sandi Gillen
July 8, 2016 9:40 AM

Aunt Ellen and Uncle Jack - We are praying for all the family in your time of sorrow.  I remember all the fun times we had in your back yard in Honeybrook.  Love always.
Message from Tim and Kate Hamilton
July 7, 2016 11:50 PM

We have just received the heartbreaking news from Rick Hamilton.  Words cannot express the hurt we feel for your family.  We are very sorry that we are unable to attend the funeral. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers as we move forward through this difficult time. May the Lord give you peace beyond all understanding.
Tim and Kate Hamilton
Message from Dennis, Beth, Marie & Anna Sheahan
July 7, 2016 11:06 PM

Holly & Family,

    We were heartbroken to hear of your loss, you are all in our thought and prayers.
Message from C Hughes
July 7, 2016 9:48 PM

Please be assured that " the God of all comfort " (2 Corinthians 1:4,5)can strengthen at this time and be assured that the time will come when Revelation 21:4 will be fulfilled.
Message from Elaine Deamer
July 7, 2016 5:11 PM

Dear Ellen, Jack and family, Just to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. My sincerest sympathy, Elaine Coleman Deamer
Message from Joanne and Bob Ritchie
July 7, 2016 12:51 PM

Dear Holly, Cassie and family,

We were devastated to hear the news of the tragic loss of Jim and Connor. We send our sincere condolences to the entire Hamilton family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Joanne and Bob Ritchie
Message from Walt and Cindy Johnson
July 7, 2016 12:35 PM

Holly and Cassie,

Our thoughts are with you, please accept our heart felt sympathy for your loss of Jim and Connor.  Enjoyed my years with Jim at Johns Manville.

God Bless You
  Walt and Cindy
Message from Patricia Spila
July 7, 2016 11:26 AM

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Joseph and Patricia Spila.

Please accept our most sincere and heartfelt condolences on the loss of James and Connor. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Joseph and Patricia Spila

Message from Marcus and Patricia Bianchi
July 7, 2016 10:30 AM

Holly and Cassie:

We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time.
Message from Catherine Beck
July 7, 2016 5:52 AM


Holly and Cassie, Our deepest sympathy, prayer, and love go out to you. We are very sorry for your loss. Love, Kitty (Jones) Beck and family

Message from The Blizzard Family
July 6, 2016 10:32 PM

Holly and Cassie - many moons ago, while you lived in State College, we had some great times with your family including a weekend of camping at Reed's Gap.  You were such a warm welcoming family and we enjoyed the time spent with you.  To see that Jim and Connor are gone breaks our heart, and we pray that family, friends, and memories comfort you.
Message from Debbie and Brian Wood
July 6, 2016 9:48 PM

Dear Aunt Ellen, Uncle Jack, John, Jen, Holly and Cassie,

Jim and Conner will be forever missed.  I am so so sorry for this tragedy.  No words can express this sadness.  Many many prayers for all!  Love Deb
Message from Mary Beth Knowles
July 6, 2016 8:28 PM

Holly and Cassie,

We are so very, very sorry for your loss. You both will be in our thoughts and prayers now and the days and months ahead.


Ken and Mary Beth Knowles
Message from Joe Ryan
July 6, 2016 6:26 PM

Just another of the many people that Jim touched. Scientifically, as a friend, as a dad... he was just a fine, fine man.  This life is just SO short.  I appreciate all Jim brought to this world and wish I could have seen more, because he made it a far better place. My deepest sympathies to Holly and Cassie.
Message from Tom and Anne Taylor
July 6, 2016 4:48 PM

Holly - we are so saddened by what has happened.  Our times in Colorado with you and Jim are often remembered and talked about. Jim was a great colleague and friend. You are very much in our thoughts.
I remember when you were expecting Cassie. Jim took fathership very seriously and sought me out for guidance because Anne and I had a young daughter at that time. Cassie had a great Dad who she can be proud of. He cared greatly and understood that daughters are precious.
If there is ever anything we can do don't hesitate to reach out.
Kind regards, Anne & Tom
Message from Jack & Jane Coppola
July 6, 2016 4:28 PM

Dear Holly & Cassie,

Our deepest sympathies for your loss of Jim & Connor.  We cannot imagine the depth of the sorrow that this tragic accident has brought to you and your family.  We cherish the times we spent together in Colorado and at Penn State. Our prayers are with you all.

Jack & Jane Coppola
Message from Pam Kozlowski
July 6, 2016 4:06 PM

Dear Holly and Cassie -

My deepest, heartfelt condolences go out to you at this very difficult time. I truly enjoyed and will always remember Jim's and Connor's infectious laughter and smiles. You're in my thoughts.

With sympathy,
Pam Kozlowski
Message from Barbara Nicholson
July 6, 2016 2:53 PM

Dear Holly and Cassie,
     Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your precious loved ones.  My heart was truly sadden to learn the news of your loss.  I will forever remember the beautiful smile that Connor always wore at karate class.  I feel blessed to have known him.

With my deepest sincerity,
Barbara Nicholson
Message from Susan Nichols
July 6, 2016 2:47 PM

Even though I do not know you, Holly, Cassie, friends and family, I'm praying for you during this very difficult time. My son-in-law, Adam Collier, expressed that he had worked with Jim on some Corning Inc. Projects and he was a great person and scientist and enjoyed working with him very much. I know Adam and family and many people are praying for you.
Message from Diana (Curtier), Will, Mackenzie and Katie White
July 6, 2016 2:41 PM

Holly and Cassie,
I'm so sorry to hear this!  There are no words that can take away the sadness and pain but time along with God's grace, comfort and peace will get you through it if you lean on Him. We will be praying for you two and your extended family as you mourn and heal.
In prayer,
Diana (Curtier), Will, Kenzie and Katie White
Message from Susan L. Brantley
July 6, 2016 12:12 PM

This loss is so devastating, sudden, and sad. I worked with Jim as he finished his PhD in State College. Jim was a wonderful man: kind, thoughtful, smart, and fun-loving. I never met Connor but I know he was like his dad. Please know that Jim was well-loved at Penn State and is well-remembered. Penn State faculty are grieving with you. Sue
Message from Mark Miles
July 6, 2016 12:01 PM

Holly and Cassie,
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved having Connor on the pool deck as his smile was infectious and he was always so happy. I only spoke with Jim a few times around the pool but he struck me as a genuinely warm and friendly man. I can only hope that time will begin to ease this pain and know that you both are in the thoughts and prayers of the entire Thrashers family as well as other swim teams in the area (they have emailed condolences to me on your behalf). Please don't hesitate to ask us for anything.
~Coach Miles and the Thrasher Family
Message from Christopher Six
July 6, 2016 11:25 AM

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Christopher Six .

The Six Family

Message from Mary Rhinehart
July 6, 2016 11:14 AM

On behalf of the entire Johns Manville family, we send loving thoughts to Jim's family.  Our prayers are with you at this time and we ask for comfort during these difficult days.  Please know we are all thinking of you.
Message from Elizabeth Abraham
July 6, 2016 11:12 AM

My deepfelt sorrow and condolences to the Hamilton family....I'm still in shock and my heart goes out to all of you.  I met Jim at one of the traning classes that we took together last year and he happened to be seated next to me. As part of the introduction routine for the class, we were asked to learn something about each other and I rememember he shared with me how he met his wife in college and about his kids. Even though it was a 1 -day training class, Jim left me with the impreossion of being a kind-hearted soul and well-loved individual. My sincere condolences...
Message from Olivia Butler
July 6, 2016 10:29 AM

We are so sorry to hear this. Praying.
Message from Charles Brown
July 6, 2016 10:17 AM

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by The Browns, Kanes, Van Sants, Bergers and the Dochertys..

Deepest sympathy from the Browns, Kanes, Van Sants, Bergers and the Dochertys.

Message from Gale Klingler Nelson
July 6, 2016 10:02 AM

Dearest Ellen, Jack, and the whole family, my words won't do much to lessen the awful pain you are now all experiencing, but please, know how broken my heart is for you. This horrible tragedy will at some point give way to the wonderful memories you have been so blessed to have of Jimmy and Connor. Their specialness can not be taken from you by this grief. The love you knew is still very much alive and always will be by the gift of them that you had. My sincerest love and concern for you all, Gale
Message from Joseph and Patricia Spila
July 5, 2016 9:32 PM

Mrs. Hamilton, words cannot express the depth of our sorrow at the loss of your husband James and son Connor.  We were at the scene and attempted to render aid to both James and Connor.  Our hearts are breaking, and although nothing we say can change what has happened, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers every minute of every day.  Please accept our most sincere condolences.
Message from Kim Stage
July 5, 2016 8:38 PM

My prayers are with Holly and her family. Please know many of us are here for support, or just to listen. God bless you and your daughter.
Message from Ellie & Joe Long
July 5, 2016 6:45 PM

Jack, Ellen, Holly, Cassie, John and Jenny,
We are sending our heartfelt condolences at the loss of your loved ones. There are no words that can fully ease the pain of your suffering at this difficult time. May the love of family and friends help support you through the coming days, and may you find comfort in the memories of happier times with Jim and Connor.
God bless all of you.
Ellie & Joe
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