Oct. 29, 1949 – Feb. 27, 2013

William R. Hamilton III of the Town of Tonawanda, a sprinkler fitter and a veteran of the Vietnam War, died Wednesday in St. John’s Hospice, Buffalo. He was 63.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bennett High School and served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of sergeant and earning several service medals.

After returning from Vietnam, he served as a member of the Marine Corps honor guard for President Richard M. Nixon.

He was a member of Sprinkler Fitters Local 703, where his father served as business agent, and worked extensively with Allied Fire Protection installing sprinkler systems in commercial and industrial buildings.

A Cub Scout and Boy Scout as a youth, he was a leader of Cub Scout Pack 197 as an adult. He also was a member of the Jaycees, East Side Anglers Association and Renovation Church.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, the former Gail Bowser; two sons, William R. IV and Robert G.; three brothers, John J., Daniel T. and James M.; and four sisters, Barbara A., Mary Ann Grande, Lynn C. Johnston and Christine P.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.