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Meg Susan Hamilton

February 17, 1948 - December 28, 2023

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Meg Susan Goldberg Hamilton, died in her Medway home on Thursday, December 28, 2023, with her family by her side. She was born in Parkchester Hospital in the Bronx on February 17, 1948, the daughter of Abraham Goldberg and Katie (Littman) Goldberg. She grew up in Stanford, CT, and graduated from UConn in 1970. Meg spent her college summers backpacking throughout Italy and Spain. She became a passionate teacher who loved books. In 1974, she began a 33-year career for the Wellesley Public Schools. It is there that she met her husband, Jon, who taught US History across the hall from her English classes. Meg and Jon wed in 1980 and had two children, Lindsey in 1983 and Kyle in 1986.

Meg began teaching as a reading specialist, and her love of good literature fit perfectly with Wellesley’s tracked system and heavy emphasis on reading and challenging conventional thinking on classical books. Meg taught valuing yourself, problem problem-solving, and that the process is as valuable as the product. She taught grades 7, 8, 9, 10 11, and senior electives. She taught maybe 200 different literary works. She gave her children the love to self-explore. She lived by the words of Strickland Gillilan, who wrote in The Reading Mother: “You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me.”

Ironically, her father, “Al” worked for CBS-TV and helped develop color TV, VHS tapes, CDs, and Satellite TV. There goes the passion for many to read. After retirement, Meg and Jon spent a dozen years in Florida for three months at a time. Meg still worked tirelessly to expand Medway’s library with her crew of volunteers called, The Friends of Medway Library. Under her leadership, they raised approximately $10,000 a year to expand the library’s hours and the book budget.

In 2020, when COVID struck the nation, Florida winters ended. In 2022, Meg was diagnosed with Dementia and she bravely faced sadness, unpleasantness, and discomfort without complaint – but her loss of memory and eventually an inability to read made this disease particularly cruel. Meg entered hospice care in November of 2023 and died peacefully at her home with her immediate family at her side. She was 75. As a compassionate person who was often asked to write eulogies, she always used the Hebrew proverb, “Say not in grief she is no more, but in the thankfulness that Meg was.”

In addition to her beloved husband of 43 years, Jon, Meg is survived by her daughter Lindsey husband Erik of Brunswick, Maine, and son Kyle and wife Nora of Massachusetts. She also leaves her brother Dan Goldberg and his wife Roseanne of Guilford, CT, and sister Judith of Cape Coral, FL; as well as two grandchildren, Tova and Ari Oleson, who she read to every day of every visit or as she said “every adventure.”

There will be no services as it is family only at the scattering of her ashes. Meg remained fiercely private until the end. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston.