It is my sad task, as I deliver this first edition of our new electronic newsletter, to inform you of the passing of our good friend and FoA Treasurer, Dennis (Bones) Hamilton. It seems to me somehow fitting that the vehicle bringing this news to you is a new, high tech communication. Bones never shied away from the latest tools to further his passions. I know that he would approve of Afghan Connections delivering this news to his Peace Corps friends in the quickest, cheapest way possible. He always worked to conserve financial resources so they could be put to use for the common good. This communicaton is dedicated to remembering Dennis's life of service to us and others.
The following information is provided by Dennis's good friend and collaborator in the Amman Imman: Water is Life project, Julie Snorek. As Associate Director and mentor to the founder, Ariane Kirtley, Dennis litteraly poured his heart out into this project. I know that it would please him, if you felt inclined to donate to this worthy cause as a memorial to him.
To the memory of Dennis (Bones) Hamilton, PBUH "Peace Be Upon Him"
The Dua for the departed has been said for centuries in Afghanistan. Let's offer it to our community of Peace Corps brothers and sisters in remembrance of our brother Dennis "Bones" Hamilton and in honor of the halcyon days that we shared with him (before, during or after) in the land of the great adventure of our youth. Inna lillahi wa Inna Ilahi Rajion. "May the lord grant him paradise, and offer comfort those who loved him.
From: the Executive Committee of Friends of Afghanistan
Dennis Raymond Hamilton 1942 - 2008
September 20, 2008
Poem for Dennis
Your Flowing Heart
dedicated to Dennis Hamilton, 1942-2008
Those who know you were not surprised
that your heart ruptured and overflowed.
We felt it flow all over us whenever we were with you.
We saw it well up on your face when you spoke,
trickle down your sleeve when you held out your hand,
and drip onto your shoulder when you rocked a baby.