Bob Hamilton, 67
August 8, 2011,
Hamilton more recently was a senior marketing vp with Welspun and, as he did at Fieldcrest, he helped to establish a unified product image for the rapidly expanding company.
His ties to Royal Velvet outlived Fieldcrest Cannon itself: When the company went out of business and its Kannapolis, N.C. offices were being cleaned out, Hamilton rescued generations of RV sales and marketing materials and became the living repository for the history of one of the industry's greatest brands.
His struggle with his illness, which first appeared on an overseas business trip in 2009, were chronicled in an online blog where Hamilton continued to wax poetic - a phrase that while sometimes sounding archaic fit him perfectly.
Indeed, in the last entry in the blog, posted on Sunday announcing his passing, his family continued both the tone and spirit of Hamilton's language: "Our most gracious, tailored, gentle-hearted, profound, articulate, storyteller of a husband and father, the truest of gentlemen, is finally at peace."
Hamilton is survived by his wife, Diane, children and grandchildren, although all family members could not be immediately named.
Funeral arrangements, at Samuel S. James, in Huntersville, N.C., were still being set.
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