Jay “Skip” R. Hamilton

Jay “Skip” Hamilton, 79, of Wellsville, passed away at home on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 following a brief illness.

He was born at home in Wellsville on June 13, 1943, son of the late George and Dortha Mathess Hamilton.

Skip resided in his beloved hometown of Wellsville most of his life. He was a 1961 graduate of Wellsville High. He married his high school sweetheart, Verna Householder Hamilton, in 1965 and remained married for 35 years. During the mid 1970’s he owned and operated Skip’s Place, a tavern on Main Street in Wellsville. Later, he was employed by American Totalisator as a traveling gaming and racing technician and then went onto work for Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort as the Director of Mutuals.

He took great pride in his community. He was an active member in several area clubs such as The Elks, The Eagles and The Moose Lodge. For a period of time, he held the high honor of Exalted Ruler at the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1040. He was an avid Cleveland Browns and Cleveland baseball fan as well as a music and dance enthusiast of the 1950s era. After retiring, his love of music and radio led to him becoming a part-time local AM radio deejay and Wellsville High football/basketball game announcer. He was also a member of the Wellsville Alumni Association and enjoyed performing in their annual lip sync talent show for many years.

Skip was a proud father and grandfather. He is survived by four children, Kesheena Hamilton Carroll (spouse Chris) of St. Leonard, Maryland, Jayson Hamilton (spouse Jada) of Columbiana, Brandon Hamilton (spouse Cassie) of Garner, N.C. and Justin Hamilton of East Liverpool. His six grandchildren include Mikayla and Ella Mosch (daughters of Kesheena), Noah and Jonah Hamilton (sons of Jayson), Bryson and Camdon Hamilton (sons of Brandon). Also surviving are three siblings, Keith Hamilton of East Liverpool, Brenda Campbell of Alliance and Cynthia McQune of Beloit.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Russell Hamilton of San Diego, California, William “Bill” Hamilton of Florida; and two sisters, Lora Joy of Wellsville and Jo Ann Billy of Bedford Heights, Ohio.

Family and friends are invited to pay their final respects at the Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat, Inc. located at 3896 Oakwood Ave., Austintown, Ohio on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.