06/20/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Rollie Hamel
(27 Nov 1948 - 19 June 2020)
Friends and Schoolmates,
I'm quite distraught to bring you
this sad news today.
Cutest Boy in the Class of
passed away in Surprise, Arizona on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the age of 71.
He was the brother
of Mary Hamel Whitlock of SC, and of the late
Barbara Hamel Flynn (St. Vincent Central HS - '64)
05 Oct 2010).
I had reconnected with Rollie on Facebook exactly three months to the day before
he died, and was delighted to find him the same funny, sweet, and adorable soul
I'd known all those years before.
From Dignity Memorial
Roland Joseph Hamel,
SURPRISE, AZ - On June 19,
2020, Roland passed away at age 71 and was taken to his everlasting
He was born in Newport News,
Virginia, and lived in Arizona since 1974.
He is survived by his wife,
Carol and sons, Zachary, Jeremy and his wife Michael Anne, and Joshua,
and step daughter, Meghan and four grandchildren, Winter Elizabeth,
Abigail Wilder, Emery Anne, and Addison Holt.
He has one surviving sister,
Mary Whitlock of Columbia, South Carolina, and was preceded in death by
his sister, Barbara Flynn of Williamsburg, VA.
Roland's working career was
involved in the Banking field, and he retired from the FDIC in 2014.
He was honored to serve
proudly as a rescue helicopter pilot in Vietnam with the USAF.
He was equally proud to be a
Virginia Tech Hokie graduate.
His faith was centered in his love
of family and his personal belief that kindness to other enriched him
Roland asked for no expressions
of sympathy but to ask for others to do an unexpected good deed to another less
fortunate in his memory in lieu of flowers or expressions of grief.
Published in Dignity Memorial on June 20, 2020.
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I worked with Roland for
several years when he was a bank examiner for the AZ DFI and the
FDIC. Roland was an exceptional man and was truly one of the "great"
guys that I have ever worked with. He was not only smart and totally
capable, but he was extremely personable and humble. He was one of
the funniest people I ever knew. He raised the spirits of everyone
around him, and he truly made coming to work each day fun! Because
of his humor, personality, and quick wit, he was always our "go-to"
MC for our annual holiday party and gift exchange, and he was always
brilliant. He had everyone laughing the whole time, and after he
retired, we were never able to replicate that gift exchange
experience. Roland - you will be greatly missed, and thank you for
blessing our lives with your incredible presence!
~ Aaron Standage
Roland was a dear friend
from high school in Newport News, VA. He always had a smile for
everyone and was genuinely loved by his classmates. On our Alumni
Facebook page there have been over 150 comments or reactions to his
death. My prayers are with the family as you adjust to life without
Roland physically there. He will always be in your heart.
Jeanette McDonald Hornsby
Rollie, I was saddened to
learn of your passing. You were a wonderful friend who always made
those of us fortunate enough to spend time with you feel better
about life in general. I am sorry we did not live closer and sorry
our respective careers took us around the world. I remember when I
called you and kidded you about being a hero on the internet. In
typical modesty, you said someone had read it and told you about it.
Flying search and rescue was obviously dangerous, and you did it
saving lives in the process. Your professional career in banking was
also an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, and you
did so while taking care of your family. You are missed, but save
room for a lot of your fellow members of the NNHS Typhoon Family as
well as your Hokie Nation. God Bless my friend.
~ Bob Kenney
Condolences to Rollie's family members. He was truly "one of a kind"
and will be sorely missed by many. Chuck and I will continue to
cherish our memories of our fun times with Rollie.
Rollie - We know you will be looking down upon us from Heaven, and
smiling that beautiful smile which we will never forget.
Rest in Peace... Love, Marilyn and Chuck Springfield
~ Marilyn and Chuck Springfield
I remember a very nice,
cute young man in high school. He developed into a special man.
My heart aches for his family as a precious life is lost to them. I
pray they are comforted by many wonderful memories.
God bless you all.
Judy and Jerry Allen
~ Judy and Jerry Allen
How blessed we all were
to know Rollie and to call him our friend. He always had a smile and
kind word for everyone and could brighten your day with his quirky
sense of humor.
My condolences to his family. I hope your memories will lift you up
in your time of sorrow.
Our Typhoon family lost a great member!
~ Bev Miller Sledge
Rollie ~ What wonderful
memories I have of our friendship throughout high school. Your
adorable smile and sweet personality will never be forgotten. How
lucky we were to be friends and share special times at NNHS and
during the summers in between. I know your dear family will miss you
so very much.
~ Ramona Carneal Harrison
Roland is remembered very
fondly by his Va Tech Pi Kappa Brothers.
~ Dave McNamara
I am so sorry for your loss. I
went to Saint Vincent's School with Roland from the first grade
until he went to NNHS. I have the class picture when we made our
First Holy Communion. Roland looked so sweet in his white suit; we
were about 7 years old. My prayers are with your family. God bless
~ Patricia Eken Miller
To Rollie痴 family: You have lost
a great person, but only temporarily. You will see him again, as we
all will. Rollie痴 disposition was as great as anyone痴 I ever met.
Always a smile and kind word for everyone he crossed paths with. GOD
bless your soul Rollie.
~ Woody Wagner
Our deepest sympathies
are extended to Rollie's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult
is also posted here:
Y'all take good care of each
other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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What Wondrous Love Is This?
What wondrous love is this, O my
soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath God痴 righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great 'I Am';
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I知 free, I値l sing on, I値l sing on;
And when from death I知 free, I値l sing on.
And when from death I知 free, I値l sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, I値l sing on, I値l sing on;
And through eternity, I値l sing on.
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