Matthew "Matt" Thomas Hamil

"Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those that love with their heart and soul there is no such thing as separation."-Rumi

Matthew Thomas Hamil, 47, of Santa Cruz suffered a major stroke and passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 27, 2017. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones and held most closely by his beloved wife, Hannah Hamil.

Matt was the youngest son of six, born into the Hamil Family on September 23, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan. After the family moved to Santa Cruz in 1978 he attended Bay View Elementary, Mission Hill Junior High and Santa Cruz High School, graduating in 1987. Matt earned an Associate's Degree in Project Management and held a contractor's license.

Matt grew of age immersing himself in the Santa Cruz surfing community. Hambone, Hammy, Hambo, Hammaker, Stabone, or The Bone as he was affectionately called was a prolific surfer, paddle boarder and accomplished waterman. Matt could be seen surfing The Lane, Mitchells', or escaping up the coast to Waddle Reef. He was a founding member of Ghostryders Waterman Club with a love for paddling and the well-deserved post-party.

Matt got his first job in junior high at the iconic West Side Fun Spot. He also worked at Arrow Surf Shop, Ideal Fish Company and Zelda's. He eventually established his own local business, Hamil Tile. During the past several years Matt was a professional for medical device sales.

Matt is survived by his loving wife Hannah Hamil and their Jack Russell Terrier of twelve years – Max Hamil; father Thomas Arthur Hamil (Reilly) mother Carolyn Lee Hamil; brothers Sean Cortland Hamil (Lisa); David Patrick Hamil (Suzanne); sisters Kennon Joan Hamil; Heather Lee Young (Gary) and Bunny Allison Tupper (Tom); five nephews, and three nieces.

Matt was as a devoted husband, dedicated son, sibling, uncle and friend to so many. He was present in the moment to take in the beauty of the ocean and a breath-taking sunset, or laughs among dear friends. Matt always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eyes, and a sympathetic ear for anyone who needed it. He was admired by most, loved by all, and will be missed eternally.

To honor Matt there will be a paddle out from Cowell's beach on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 am. A service and reception will follow at the Dream Inn at 1:00pm. Please leave extra time for offsite parking.