Mike was born on Sept. 29, 1946, in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Carl A. Hamell and Wanda (Finch) Hamell.
He was a 1966 graduate of Queensbury High School.
Mike married his beloved wife, Kathleen A. (Healy) Hamell on April 17, 1971.
He worked for 43 years at Northern Distributing Co. Inc. which became Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service.
Mike enjoyed all of visits from friends and family while he was going through his battle with cancer, all the wonderful nurses and staff that were so very kind to him along his journey, he looked forward to seeing all of you.
He also enjoyed playing his cigar box guitar his brother Rene made him, going fishing, hunting, golf and playing cards. He enjoyed watching hockey, he was a huge NASCAR fan, listening to music and going out to eat with friends and family and taking a nice ride throughout our beautiful area.
Michael was predeceased by his parents, grandparents, his baby brother, his mother and father-in-law, Doris and Bernard Healy, his loving niece Theresa Chwazik and many aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Kathy of Glens Falls; his great aunt, Lillian Powers of Warrensburg, his aunt, Audy Hanley of South Glens Falls; his sisters and brothers, Judith Gardner and her husband, Jeff of Coxsackie, N.Y., Carol Sodemann and her husband, John of Saratoga Springs, Rene Hamell and his wife, Donna of Queensbury, David Hamell and his wife, Karen of Queensbury, Nancy Potter and her husband, Earl of South Glens Falls, Deborah Sullivan and her husband, John of Glens Falls and Roberta Crofut of South Glens Falls; his sister-in-law, Margaret Farrell and her husband, Ralph of Glens Falls; his two brothers-in law, Edward Healy and his wife, Deborah of Queensbury and Bernard Healy and his wife, Barbara of Glens Falls; 30 nieces and nephews who he loved dearly and was very proud of all their accomplishments; 60 great-nieces and nephews and many cousins and very dear friends.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St., Hudson Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, following the calling hours at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Main Street, South Glens Falls.
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to all the wonderful people at the Charles R. Wood Cancer Center who made going for his treatments a very pleasant visit, Diane, Lisa, all of his wonderful nurses that told him to “go to his room and they would be right in made his treatment days enjoyable” and you treated him like family, he felt truly blessed because of all of you and all of your kindness.
A special thank you, to Dr. Stoutenberg who was always there for Mike. Lauren Cabana and Donna Boss and all of the wonderful staff at the doctor’s office. Dr. Jason Heckman at St. Peter’s Hospital and all of his staff. All of the Nurses, Tech’s, Ward Secretaries, the Radiology Department and Staff, Housekeeping Staff on T2 and the ICU at Glens Falls Hospital, we thank you for all the help and care you gave to Mike at this very difficult time in his life.
Donations may be made in his memory to Lustgarten Foundation for a cure for Pancreatic Cancer or to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, 102 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.