Hamilton J. Bisbee

Jan 10, 2013

1926 — 2013

PONTE VEDRA BEACH — Hamilton J. Bisbee, 76, of Ponte Vedra Beach, passed away Jan. 7, 2013.

He was born Feb. 12, 1936, in Sanford, Florida. Hamilton graduated in 1958, with a business degree from Florida State University, where he attended on a football scholarship and also played baseball.  He was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

His accomplished and successful business career spanned five decades. Rising through the corporate ranks from sales to CEO, he served nationally-leading companies in the insurance, paper and manufacturing industries. An entrepreneur and turnaround specialist, Hamilton eventually purchased two Jacksonville based companies, Coastal Plastics and Drummac, Inc.

A member of the Sawgrass Country Club, Maggie Valley Club & Resort and Maggie Valley Men’s Golf Association, Hamilton was a scratch golfer who won countless club tournaments. He was a fiercely proud Seminole who rarely missed a home game in more than 50 years, an avid skier, a skilled hunter and enjoyed writing short stories.

Active in the two communities in which he resided, his board positions included the Persimmon Condominium Homeowner’s Association, SouthTrust Bank/Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, and Athletes Against Drugs.

An outgoing man with a sharp wit, Hamilton will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Christopher Bisbee (Jennifer) and Ashley Bisbee Rea; grandchildren, Alexander and Leah Bisbee and Charlotte and Anna Rea; sister, Beatrice Geib; Carol Hadley, the mother of his children; and many extended family members and dear friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Hamilton J. Bisbee Sr. and Elmina Howard Bisbee.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home, 3600 3rd St. South, Jacksonville Beach, FL  32250. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, Inc. http://www.lrrof.org or The First Tee, http://www.thefirsttee.org

Please visit our online tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Arrangements by Quinn-Shalz Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.