Howard A. Hamilton
December 5, 1934 – November 19, 2020
Howard Hamilton, Omaha’s unofficial historian, was well known for his yearly Halloween history tours through Forest Lawn Cemetery, where he would put on a cape with top hat and gleefully point out Omaha’s famous individuals along with stories of their past. He was very proud of being the only individual trusted with the Forest Lawn gate key. Howard loved to travel, spoke countless foreign languages, and worked overseas for a number of years helping the military get servicemen out of tough spots with foreign law enforcement.
When not traveling, Howard had a fascination with anything related to Omaha history. He treasured the Omaha history room he kept at his home, and prized his ever expanding collection of catalogued newspaper articles. He shared a number of his treasures and countless volumes of catalogued history with the Durham Museum. Howard created his own Omaha history board game, and proudly challenged anyone to stump him on any Omaha history question. No one ever succeeded. Howard loved to grab a beer and share stories with his friends.
CELEBRATION of Howard’s life will be held at Site-1 Brewery at 2566 Farnam St on May 8, 2021 from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome to come share stories over a beer and remember Howard Hamilton’s full life.
Great shock to learn recently of Howard’s passing from this World. My wife Cathy and myself first met Howard in Omaha in 2009z.
Howard was a real lovely man and we became great friends over the years. He paid visit to Ireland about 2014 and loved our Country. Indeed he made many friends here in Blessington Co.Wiklow and people often make inquiries about the little man from the Mid-West of the States. On our last visit to Omaha in March 2019 we tracked Howard down to his home in Omaha and got the shock of his life when he answered the door to us. He had a huge collection of Books and interesting items including some Irish items.
We were so sad to hear of Howards death and know he is now in Gods kingdom where we will meet again. Ar dheis de go raibh an anam. Mary Queen of the Gael, pray for him.
Cllr.Gerard O’Neill, Cathy O’Neill and Family Blessington County Wicklow, Ireland