Richard C. (Puddy) Hamilton, 79, Fleetwood, passed away on Sunday February 11, 2018 with his loving family by his side. Born in Reading, Richard was the fourth son of the late Dr. Harry and Kathryn (Keim) Hamilton. Sharing his time between the town house in Fleetwood, the family farm, and their mountain cabin, Puddy spent his youth playing childhood games and sports with his brothers and friends such as Teddy Eastland, Cap Kline, and Walter Richard Christ. He married Judy (Becker) and together they raised three children, Bradley, husband of Deanne (Fleetwood), KayLynn, wife of Emerson Bornman (Oley), and Matthew, Fleetwood. A 1956 graduate of Fleetwood High School and a 1960 graduate of East Stroudsburg Teachers College, Puddy spent his entire career teaching in the Fleetwood School District
Puddy lived a full life that included passions for Fleetwood Tiger baseball, trapshooting and antiques. He was the head coach of the Tigers baseball team and proudly coached them to numerous Berks County Championships. He also established the Tiger Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament while serving as athletic director. He looked forward to attending the annual ballplayers reunion picnics.
As a nationally renowned expert on trapshooting history, Puddy was instrumental in establishing the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association (PSSA) Trapshooting Hall of Fame. He also created and maintained the PSSA website from its inception in 1999 until his retirement as webmaster in June, 2017. Puddy developed an historical slide show that was presented annually at the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) Hall of Fame ceremonies. A 1992 PSSA Hall of Fame enshrinee, he and Judy traveled the east coast in their motorhome to trapshooting tournaments and especially enjoyed Florida where they could also catch Phillies Spring Training and Disney World. An accomplished trapshooter, Puddy was a life member of the ATA and a 5 year All American Chair Shooter (2012, 2014-2017). His final shooting event was at the 2017 Pennsylvania State Shoot where he won the Resident Chair Shooter in the Class Singles. He thoroughly enjoyed writing historical articles for TrapShootingUSA, with his last article published in the March/April 2018 edition.
In recent years, Puddy’s passion turned to his antique stand at Renninger’s Antique Market in Kutztown. He could be found there every Saturday enjoying the company of fellow vendors and customers. His sporting collectibles are known nation-wide and have been featured in numerous magazines.
A lifelong hunter, Puddy spent countless hours hunting on the family farm, Hillside Farm in Rockland Township. He also has a hunting cabin, Shiham, that doubled as a vacation spot in Hyner, Clinton County. He also enjoyed Phillies baseball, Eagles football, Flyers hockey, everything Penn State, and vacationing in Maine.
In addition to his wife and children, Puddy is survived grandchildren Jon Hamilton and Jamie Evans, four great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his beloved Labrador Retriever, Annie. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Please join the family for a graveside service on Friday February 16th at 11:00 AM in Fleetwood Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday February 25th at 2:00 PM in Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 26 West Washington Street, Fleetwood.