Vincent Hamilton Obituary (2022) – Yuba City, CA

Have you ever seen a 6’5″ man win a limbo contest on a cruise ship? Have you ever seen a doctor rock out on stage with a bongo drum during a Reggae concert? Have you ever been to a crazy clothing contest on a golf course competing to dress like a man?have you ever been rescued by a rock star doctor on a snowmobile in La Porte?have you ever heard the eclectic and fantastical tunes played by a man with a great ear at your parties or by your pool?If so, you have been lucky enough to meet the man, the myth, the legend Dr. Vincent Hamilton.What a man he was, someone who approached all things with a calm demeanor , calm and well-reasoned and often in surprisingly loud attire.

Dr. Vincent Downs Hamilton, age 75, passed away on July 27, 2022 at Adventist Rideout Hospital. He was born on August 12, 1946 in San Francisco, California, the son of Dr. James Jonathan Hamilton and Monteze Downs Hamilton. He moved with his parents to Yuba City and graduated from Yuba City High School in 1964. He attended Tulane University, was an active member of his Delta Tau Delta fraternity and graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He then attended the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, graduating in 1971, followed by a cardiology fellowship. He completed his General Surgery internship and residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia in 1977. He then moved to Yuba City and opened his own practice shortly thereafter.

During his medical career, he had many accomplishments. Dr. Hamilton was a member of the American College of Surgeons and certified by the American Board of Surgery. He was active in the medical community and has served as president of the Yuba Sutter Colusa Medical Society, chief of staff for Fremont Medical Center, chairman of the Surgery Review Committee, director of Trauma, chief of staff for Fremont-Rideout Hospital twice, and he was Chief of Surgery four times. . He was honored as Physician of the Year in 2007. He was a member of the Southwestern Surgical Congress, the Humera Surgical Society and the American Medical Society. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons.

Well known in the medical community, he was well respected and well liked, and always ready to help a friend, colleague, or neighbor in need. His commitment and dedication to his community is hard to put into words as he would help anyone, anywhere without hesitation. Many in the Southland Village neighborhood benefited from his care, generosity, and medical expertise. One would then be lucky enough to enjoy a glass of wine from his extensive collection afterwards.

Dr. Vince was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and over the years served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden several times. He was an active volunteer in his Food Shelf program and on the Vestry.

He and his wife were members of the Southland Village Supper Club and enjoyed more than 36 years of gourmet food, fine wine, and lasting friendships.

Despite a demanding profession, she never stopped attending her children’s sporting or academic events. Even when they went to college, he was always there supporting them, standing stoically nearby. He could often be found wearing rock clothes from Tulane, Oregon, and Clemson (sometimes together) to show support for him. As a grandfather, he was amazing: funny, playful, loving, kind and patient.

He loved relaxing with a nice glass of wine and a cigar nearby, while his three beloved dogs rested at his feet after playing a round of golf at the Peach Tree Country Club. He was a travel advocate, wine aficionado and photography buff. Among his favorites was making his own cognac while on a cruise through the Bordeaux region of France. She also couldn’t pass up a great wine-tasting opportunity to grow her wine collection, and she loved family vacations, as long as people didn’t ruin her photos of sunsets, landscapes, or flowers by being on them (this included To his family). ). He could always count on Dr. Vince to be dressed for the part, usually in an outfit so flashy and obnoxious that his wife would let him leave it. His favorites were the crazy ties and the raunchy golf attire. He was always an avid sports fan and kept up with all of his children’s colleges as well as his own. The house became quite noisy when his Vols played Mary Jean’s Hogs. Dr. Vince was trustworthy, supportive, kind, loyal, funny, smart, hardworking, and a great dancer.

Vince was the best surgeon; husband, father and dad, and his three children were the “favorites” of his dad. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Jean Hamilton, his 3 children Emily Hamilton Pillars and Travis Pillars of Waxhaw, North Carolina, Heather Hamilton Garrett of Waldport, Oregon, and James Hamilton and Emily Cargill of Greenville, Carolina from the south. His beloved grandchildren Hannah and Charlie Pillars, Eleanor, Mary Jo and Iris Garrett, Raine and Baker Lyons, and Rhett Hamilton. His sisters Margaret Hamilton Doherty and Mark Alton, and Marianna Hamilton Ross and Charles Ross, and his niece and nephew Bridget Doherty, and Tyler and Brienna Doherty, and his sister-in-law Nancy Landrum Glebov and her brother-in-law Alex Glebov.

A service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marysville, CA on August 9, 2022 at 11 am In honor of this amazing man, wear a bold tie with lots of color (the louder the better). Let’s put it this way: if when you’re getting dressed you think, “This is too loud,” I assure you, it’s perfect and he’ll be smiling when he sees you.
Arrangements are with Ullrey Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in his honor to St. John’s Episcopal Church or Perfect Paws Animal Advocates, a local animal rescue for which Dr. Hamilton volunteered.

Dictated by Emily, Heather and James – final version edited and approved by Mary Jean Hamilton.
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Published by Appeal Democrat August 2-6, 2022.

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