It is with a broken heart that I must announce the tragic and sudden passing of Justin Hamilton…my brother, my business partner, and my best friend. I know Justin has become a part of your families as we have always striven to provide that level of service to our customers.
I was reminded by a great friend last week why I started Tomahawk Pest Services. I was approached by 3 people to start this company, 2 were investors, and after multiple expensive meals, I politely said, “No, thank you.” The third was my brother. With his full faced and mischievous smile, he explained to me how he’s always wanted to own a business.
When I started studying for the tests required to have a Pest Control License here in Georgia, my great friend who knew about the first two asked me why I had changed my mind. I responded, “I need to take care of my brother.” Many of you haven’t seen me other than invoices or an occasional forwarded message to my brother, but I have been here. I have been allowing him to blossom in growing this company.
I tried to take care of him. Even up to the last phone conversation I had with him, I was giving my older brotherly advice, but I was at a loss for words. I simply explained, “I don’t know what to tell you to do now.” We both knew things had taken a turn for the worst. As angry as I was with Justin, I still tried to help him.
I loved him more than words will allow me to express. As much as I liked to rag on him, he was my best friend. But, as an older brother who started this business for us, I was constantly knocking him for the little mistakes. I griped about the checks that were deposited without me knowing about it, calling myself a detective because Justin sucked at communicating with me, I griped about service tickets not being filled out exactly right, and about the work I had sent him that still wasn’t done. It was my job.
I want to thank you for the love and support you have shown my family and me. HomeTec Exterminating is where we both got our start. I shook the hand of 4 of their employees at Justin’s visitation, including the owner who simply couldn’t speak because of emotion. I cannot express my thanks for the customers, friends, family, and strangers who have sent their condolences, their love, and their support. My brother touched the lives of many.