"He was a hard worker and he'd give you the shirt off his back," Quilter said through tears. "With him it was `what you see is what you get.' He loved life and he loved his truck. Being an electrician was his passion."
In photographs Hamilton, wearing a baseball cap and a goatee, grins shyly. In one picture Quilter, whose family is Irish, and Hamilton stand against the backdrop of a lush green landscape on a trip to Ireland they took last summer.
Funeral plans for Hamilton are pending. A memorial service will from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kraeer Funeral Home, 1353 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. For details call the funeral home at 561-395-1800.
Staff Researchers Cindy Kent and Tracy Ahringer contributed to this report.