Thursday, December 17, 2015

In Memoriam: Ben Hamilton

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”
Rachel Carson

The water always called to Ben Hamilton.  He was a true waterman—a river rat, sailor, surfer, paddle-boarder, and friend to the ocean.   For twenty years, business took him around the world and where ever he traveled he’d find the water and the waves.  About ten years ago, he returned to his native waters on the Navesink River and started a paddle boarding business to encourage others to find the joy and healing that being close to the water can bring.  With his home on the bluff in Fair Haven, NJ, Ben had a primo vista and was closest to the rhythms of the river.  His aloha nature made him happy to share his view, deck, or beach and he became renowned for his photographs, especially glorious sunsets.  And, Ben took his sea savvy seriously by supporting many groups.  He had remarkable gift of empowering people, and his enthusiasm and support of Clean Ocean Action was boundless.  He volunteered his encouragement, time, talents, and knowledge to help improve and protect the river and ocean.   

Ben found joy, strength, and courage from the sea, and he will always be remembered for his vision, inspiration, and fun-loving water-spirit.      

In 2016, Clean Ocean Action will establish an award in Ben’s honor during the Shore Paddle.   

Cindy Zipf

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