Funeral services took place Jan. 21 at First Unitarian Church, Orange, for Joseph Roy Hamilton. He passed away Jan. 13 at Christ Hospital in Jersey City. He was the son of the late George Carmen McIntosh Rose Hamilton, born in Palmarita, DeCauto Cuba. As a young child he grew up in Jamaica, West Indies. “Rasta Joe,” as he was fondly called by many, was a member of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He was a talented brick layer for many years in Jamaica and the United States. Joe was a member of the Communipaw Avenue Block Association and annually participated in the Lafayette History Tour, sponsored by the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy and CABA. He was very proud of his historic home at 279 Communipaw Ave., “The Pullman Porter House.” Mr. Hamilton was a joyful spirit and could often be seen smiling, sitting on his porch, greeting his neighbors. Joe’s favorite message was “Everything is going to be alright.” He was admired and loved by everyone who was blessed to know him. Mr. Hamilton was predeceased by his wife Mable Higgins Hamilton and son Linford Solomon Hamilton. Surviving to cherish Joe’s memory are his daughters, Angeline and Bianca Martin; his grandchildren, Peyton Martin Jean and Anastasia Gordon Hamilton; his brothers Clarance and Ian Hamilton; a host of nieces and nephews in Jamaica and New York; caretaker and family friend Priscilla “Ms. Pat” Lewis and the Lewis Family; special godchildren Niesha, Hadiyah, Brandon, Biyonce, Rayja and Reniah, and a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors. Services arranged by the Jackson Funeral Residence, Jersey City.

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