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James "Jim" Samuel Hamilton

December 1, 1951 January 17, 2019
James "Jim" Samuel Hamilton
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Obituary for James "Jim" Samuel Hamilton

James (Jim) Samuel Hamilton, beloved husband of Rachel nee Frey, passed away unexpectedly on 17 January 2019 in Coeur d’Alene; he was 67. Born on 1 December 1951 in Trenton, New Jersey, Jim was the eldest of his loving parents, Jim Hamilton and Annie nee Bainbridge, both who preceded him in death. Jim was a graduate of Ewing High School where he played basketball, soccer and the violin. The Hamilton family spent endless summers at the Jersey Shore where Jim enjoyed days of fishing, surfing, beach volleyball and sailing.

Jim was as passionate about his work at public television’s New Jersey Network (NJN) as his playtime on the Jersey Shore. Jim’s talent behind the lens earned him overseas assignments in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Amsterdam, Japan, Korea and Mexico. The always-affable Jim was equally known around the Statehouse in Trenton where he covered news conferences, legislative sessions and breaking news. Upon Jim’s retirement from NJN in September 2007, the couple relocated to North Idaho, continuing their pursuit of “on -the-road trips” to nearly 40 states. Jim briefly freelanced for KXLY in Spokane covering news and the environment.

Jim is survived by Rachel, his wife of more than twenty years; his stepson, Nicholas and daughter-in-law, Gina Greeson and step grandson, Robert John (RJ); stepson, Nathan Greeson; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Tisha Hamilton; and sister and brother-in-law, Beth and Roger Zahn. He is also survived by his nephews, Jeremy Zahn, Will Hamilton and niece, Chrissy Zahn.

Private celebrations of Jim’s life will be held on the Jersey Shore and locally.

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