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Bruce Edward Hamlett

October 11, 1925 July 6, 2020
Bruce Edward Hamlett
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Obituary for Bruce Edward Hamlett

Bruce Edward Hamlett, 94, passed away peacefully at Brighton Manor in Brighton, Michigan, surrounded by his wife and immediate family members on July 6, 2020.

Bruce was born October 11, 1925, in Orange, MA, to Roger and Ellen Wilson Hamlett (both deceased). He graduated from Athol High School, in Athol, MA, and was a veteran of World War II as an enlisted Marine. During the war, he served as a radio operator with his reconnaissance unit in the 1st Marine Division that helped win the Battle of Okinawa. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he enrolled at Brown University under the GI Bill. In his senior year, he married Diana DePratti from Athol (with whom he celebrated his seventieth wedding anniversary last fall). Bruce graduated from Brown in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Following graduation, Bruce joined BIF Industries in Providence, RI, and shortly thereafter received a promotion to become manager of their Pittsburgh office. In 1961, he moved his family to Murray Hill, NJ, after being named BIF’s Northeast Regional Manager. From 1966-1970, he was Vice President and Marketing Manager for The Hays Corporation in Michigan City, IN, before starting his own business, Hamlett Engineering Sales Company, in Farmington Hills, MI. His son Randy joined him in the business in 1988 and Bruce retired in 1991. Randy formed his own company, Hamlett Environmental Technologies Company, a few years later. When Randy’s daughter Jennifer Wagner came into the business, Bruce was proud to have not only a son, but also a granddaughter following in his professional footsteps. In 2015, Bruce was honored at The Michigan Water Environment Association’s annual meeting with a career achievement recognition for his contribution to the industry. In 2016, the three family members were recognized nationally by the Water Environment Federation as a “Legacy Family” in the water environment industry.

While living in Michigan, Bruce and Diana were members of Edgewood Country Club where they enjoyed golf, tennis, and lively dinner dances with their friends. Shortly after Bruce’s retirement, he and Diana moved to Jupiter, Florida, where they built a home in the golf community of Jonathan’s Landing. Finally, in 2014, with Bruce’s health declining, they moved to Independence Village, a senior living community in Brighton, Michigan, where they could reside in closer proximity to most of their family.

Bruce’s memory lives on with his beloved wife Diana, his four children (and their spouses): Jacqueline Hamlett Capp, D.D.S. (F. William Capp) of Cary, NC, Kevin John Hamlett of DeWitt, MI, (former wife Gayle Dinzer Hamlett of Holt, MI), Sharon Hamlett Kuzma (Timothy L. Kuzma) of Muncie, Indiana, and Bruce Randall Hamlett (Susan Aston Hamlett) of Howell, Michigan, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and his half siblings from Roger and Helen Swan Hamlett (deceased): Ruth Ann Hamlett Sterling, Richard, David, Robert, and Charles Hamlett. Bruce was preceded in death by his youngest daughter Lynne Elizabeth Hamlett, brother Frederick Sherman Hamlett (wife Hazel Hamlett), and sister Elizabeth Hamlett Pine Denniston (husbands Sherwood Pine and Donald Denniston).

A private service was held with immediate family members and a celebration of life event will be announced at a later date.

For further information, phone Lynch & Sons, Brighton at 810-229-2905.

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