NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer and the entire American soccer community today mourns the loss of Los Angeles Galaxy President and General Manager Doug Hamilton following the news of his passing Thursday evening. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the leaders of American soccer and a truly terrific individual," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. "The thoughts and prayers of all of MLS, our teams, our players and our fans are with the Hamilton family. Doug will be dearly missed as his legacy of passion and dedication to the sport will always be remembered." Hamilton was in Costa Rica with the Galaxy for the return leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal series against Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica. The match was played on Wednesday and Hamilton was scheduled to return to the United States on Thursday while the team remained in Costa Rica for preseason training. The three-time MLS Executive of the Year took the helm of the Galaxy in the 2002 season after two years with the Miami Fusion. He led the Galaxy to its first two MLS Cup championships (2002, 2005) and a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy (2005), while overseeing the opening of the Galaxy's home since 2003 -- The Home Depot Center. Hamilton is survived by his wife Paige and his son Aedan. Reprinted with permission from the LA Galaxy Aedan Hamilton Fund In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the "Aedan Hamilton Fund" which has been established by AEG and the Los Angeles Galaxy for the benefit of Doug's son. Donations and administration of the Fund will be coordinated through The Home Depot Center Foundation. Checks should be made payable and sent to: The Home Depot Center Foundation 18400 Avalon Blvd. Carson, CA 90746 Please write "Aedan Hamilton Fund" on the memo line of the check. You are welcome to contact Tamala Lewis, The Home Depot Center Charity Manager, at (310) 630-2053 if you have questions regarding this Fund.

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  1. You did well, with your family, your friends, and in your work. Now it’s time to explore the other side of the rainbow. You will be remembered down here.

  2. My deepest condolences to the Hamilton Family. I went to grammar school with Doug, lived around the corner from Doug in Hazlet and played soccer with Doug. I have fond memories of playing soccer with Doug at Beers Street School and Union Avenue School to name just a few places before moving on to the new Hazlet Soccer Fields. Even at the young age when we were playing soccer, you could see that Doug had such passion for the sport – so full of energy !! In grammar school, in the neighborhood and even on family outings to High Point, NJ, he was always happy, smiling and again, full of energy. After graduating grammar school and going our seperate ways to different highschools, I would still see Doug in the neighborhood, still smiling and happy and he would stop and ask me how I was doing. I had not seen Doug in 25 years but I still have the memories of knowing him from a time long ago. He will be missed but not forgotten. To the Hamilton Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

  3. Such a tragic loss at such an early age. Doug will be missed by many, but the memories he leaves can never be taken away. May the Lord give his family the peace that surpasses all understanding in this time of need. My prayers are with his family, friends and with the Galaxy.

  4. Doug was gracious person who treated everyone around him with the utmost respect. Our biggest memory of Doug came actually just came about recently when we gave birth to our first child. I fell very ill and our son was born 11 weeks too soon. While our son was in the NICU, Doug insisted that my husband James, take whatever time he needed to take care of his family… always driving home: “Family First”. Although it is a simple rule, it is hard to deny that one could get caught between your family and your passion, but, no other person reminded us more of that rule. Those two words became the answer to many of our dilemma’s during that incredibly difficult time. My only regret is that he wasn’t able to meet our little guy in person. Doug, Thank you for all your support. Thank you for believing in James and helping him to be the best that he can be. You are one of very few people in James’ life that he admires greatly and whose lessons will be with us on every road we take. You will be missed. Our deepest prayers and sympathy to the entire Hamilton family. James, Charity & Lucas Jay

  5. My deepest condolences to the Hamilton family. Thank you so much for all you have done for us fans and the whole Galaxy organization. Your hard work and determination has made the organization champions on and off the field. You will forever be engraved as a champion in our hearts and our organization. Thank You Doug Hamilton.

  6. Dear Paige, Our hearts hurts for you and Aadan at this time of loss. I have spent many hours reading the guestbook and am amazed a what a wonderful man Doug was. You have been truly blessed to have had so many share with you what he ment to them and how he changed their lives. I feel cheated that we didn’t get to know him. Please know that Brody and the boys and I are praying for you and Aadan. Knowing that Doug was a believer is a wonderful comfort. I hope that at this time you will find comfort in The Word. Matt 5:4 and John 16:20-22 are words of comfort at this time. Know that you are not alone and that you and Aadan are covered in prayer. We love you, Kelly, Brody, Toby & Tucker Proverbs 3:5-6

  7. As Tyrone Marshall’s in-laws, we got to know Doug through Ty. Cari & Ty thought the world of both Doug and you, Paige. We feel the MLS has lost a wonderful leader and friend.

  8. I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Hamilton Wed. at Saprissa stadium in Costa Rica for the game Saprissa vs Galaxy. I have seen soccer growing in the USA since 1986 and Mr. Hamilton is one of the few I saw making the difference for the sport. His family had a tremendus lost, but the soccer famly had also lost a great leader. I am sure Mr. Hamilton will be looking over his family from heaven and making sure the sport he gave so much too will continue growing as he planned. God bless him!!!!!!

  9. Doug Hamilton was a good man and a good GM helping his team to improve in any way that he can help.It will not be the same with out you. You help the Galaxy win the 2002 cup and now last year and won the 2005 U.S open cup. WE WILL MISS YOU Doug Hamilton. Go Galaxy Go

  10. It’s hard to express the sorrow of the soccer community with Doug’s passing. As a fan, I will miss seeing Doug & Aedan at the practices and games. He was always friendly and smiling. My condolences to the family on their great loss. We are all in shock. Linda Pickle

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hamilton family at this very sad and difficult time. I had the privilege of working with Doug in different matters since he became the GM in Miami to the present at the MLS and it was always a pleasure to deal with him. He will be terribly missed.

  12. Doug Hamilton was a good man and a good GM helping his team to improve in any way that he can help.It will not be the same with out you. You help the Galaxy win the 2002 MLS cup and now last year and won the 2005 U.S open cup. WE WILL MISS YOU Doug Hamilton. Go Galaxy Go

  13. To a man who shared our passion for the beautiful game and for life – You will always stand as an example to us all of how far your passion can take you.

  14. My twin sister Patty and I attended grade and High school w/ Doug. We have only good memories of him and his atheltic abilities. Didn’t realize how “big” him really made it in the sporting love of his life. Our condolences go out to his family.

  15. Doug was a special soul. Soccer was his passion but family was his life. He was a loving husband to Paige and father to Aeden; a devoted brother to his sister Valerie and brother Stephen; and a dear son to his mother Jean. I feel honored to have known him and am so deeply saddened that he has left this earth, and all those who loved him, much too soon.

  16. There have been so many tributes to Doug in the past week; he clearly touched many people deeply. In the 15 years since my family met Doug, he had become one of the leading men in soccer. While this is how the world saw Doug, my experience was different. To me, Doug was an incredible coach and a loyal friend. It doesn’t seem that long ago Doug was driving me to Old Dominion in his old beat-up car to attend camp. Later, Doug coached my team to the state title. I’ll never forget the confidence he showed in us. While still in training, Doug repeatedly assured us that we would win the title. By the time our team stepped on the field, our opponents had no chance. Doug also introduced Laura and Vinny, and I will undoubtedly think of Doug whenever I see their three boys. While Doug and I had not spoken as much recently, he stayed close to my parents and was always very good to them. He was special and will be sorely missed. If we can help in any way, please let us know.

  17. Our hearts and prayers go out to Paige, Aedan, and the entire Hamilton family. Doug was a gentleman who made us feel welcome into the Galaxy organization. Our son Ben felt as though Doug was a friend as well as an employer and he enjoyed the many talks they shared. May Doug’s memory be a blessing and comfort to his family and friends and to all who mourn his passing.

  18. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and all of my prayers to Paige, Aedan, Stephen and the entire Hamilton family and friends. I have had the pleasure to work with Doug since 2002 when he joined the Galaxy. He always had a smile and hello for all of us in the office and he will be greatly missed. May the Lord bless you all and comfort you in this difficult time.

  19. My prayers are with you and your family. Your leadership within the Galaxy organization will never be forgotten. A fan always, Guillermo

  20. Dear Paige and Aedan, I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray for you daily and ask that your memories of Doug will provide you comfort and that the power of your love for Doug (and his for you)will bless and strengthen you.

  21. My deepest sympathy to Doug’s wife,son & family.Doug I’m sure I speak for everyone your life touched when I say that you will truely be missed by all.For one last time I wish I could hear you call down the hall “YO BUDDY”. God bless you & may he take care of your family as you took care of so many. I’ll miss you “Buddy” Love & sympathy Kenny Kruk

  22. I had the pleasure of being H’s team-mate for three years while at UNCG. He was a man of vision who touched many lives in very special ways, and will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

  23. Doug’s passing comes as a great shock. Our families recently spent some time together this past Christmas back home in Florida. My deepest sympathies to Paige, Stephen, Valerie, his Mother and especially little Aedan. The Huffmans Cheryl, Brent, Brannen and Jillian

  24. Always a perfect gentleman, so cordial and kind. He will be missed by all and those especially who admired him as a mentor, leader and father-figure. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who mourn the loss of this wonderful human being.

  25. I was shocked and very saddened by the news. What a tradgedy. I used to be a sports agent and I represented many soccer players throughout MLS and US Soccer. I had the pleasure of dealing with Doug throughout the years on many occasisons when he was at Adidas,the Miami Fusion, and the Galaxy. He was professional,straight forward, and did an excellent job for whomever he was working for. Even if we had a disagreement or tough negotiation I always remember that he left it as just business and he always greeted me with a smile the next time I would see him and ask how I was doing personally and it was always genuine. I always appreciated this quality about him. He was a true professional in every sense of the word. Recently, this past season, I attended a US Open Cup game in San Jose CA, where the Galaxy were playing the Earthquakes. I ended up seeing Doug in the next box over by himself and ended up going over there and chatting with him for almost the entire game. He told me at the time he thought the Galaxy were going to win the title and how happy he was with everything that the Galaxy had accomplished as an organization both on and off the field in recent years. He turned out to be right on winning the title, but what was also very evident that he was extremely instrumental in making the Galaxy the preimier soccer club in the United States. Doug was one of the rising stars not only in the business of professional soccer but also generally in Sports Business in this country. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Hamilton family. Cory Clemetson

  26. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Doug during his time with adidas and the Galaxy. He was intelligent, hard-working and a great team player. He was that rare individual, in US soccer that grew up with the sport, played it, coached it, worked in the business and worked as a leader of professional clubs. He was a great friend to me and my business partners. He had very little ego and was always open to new ideas. He was a very caring and considerate business associate who worked so hard in establishing the Galaxy. But, more importantly, he was a great man, a good friends and I’m absolutely sure a loving husband, father, brother and son. He will be greatly missed. We send our prayers and condolences to Paige, Aedan, Stephen, all Doug’s family and relatives. May He Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Mick Hoban Portland, OR

  27. Dear Paige and Aedan, I am 12 year old that knew doug i would send him e-mails and even though he had a busy schedule he would answer back at games he would talk to me about soccer he made me feel important doug is a person that you would think is a perfect soul and you would never here of him dying when i was told i thought it was all a joke then i was handed a paper showing that he passed away my throught swallowed my head just felt like i was crazy i broke into tears when i saw that paper ever since i cant stop thinking how it will be without him i will miss him so much that i cant put it into words doug will be sorely missed my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family DOUG REST IN PEACE

  28. My deepest condolences to the Hamilton family. Through the grief of the past few days, I could not help but flash back to so many great times I shared with Doug, centered around the game he loved so deeply. From our days as kids playing on the Hazlet soccer fields (trying to decide who was more like Beckenbauer), to playing together in high school and with the Wall Atoms, and following each other closely through college, I will always appreciate the friendship we had. Doug always made people feel special, no matter how much time went by between conversations/visits. Very few people leave such a positive personal/professional legacy behind. I am proud to have been able to be a part of Doug’s.

  29. i have been a Galaxy fan since day 1!!! just thought i’d let you know that. and i have always backed up the Galaxy, when it came to comparing teams.

  30. My sympathies to the Hamilton family. I hadn’t spoke with H for 5 years after UNC-G. He heard I was in town at a hotel. He came to get me and arrange a comfortable house to stay in for my visit. We enjoyed a good friendship after that. I’ll miss the master trickster with the ball.

  31. Paige, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I had the pleasure of playing with Doug in 1985 and had known him since 1982. I knew he was going to find success in the sport. He truly loved the game. The one thing that impressed me was that I knew he had a busy schedule but always made it a point to stay in touch and visit me at the restaurant whenever Miami played the Revs. We had a few dinners together. We will all miss him. Sincerely, Mario and Family

  32. I went to grammer school with Doug until 6th grade when I moved to Boston.During those six years John Lietz,Danny Cahalane & had the pleasure of being friends with Doug.We were in Indian guides together,a father and son organization in which we had alot of great times & memories. Especially the family outings at High Point N.J.We all played soccer in the Hazlet Youth Leage.Even at that young age you could see he had a passion for the game.Some years later visiting the old neigborhood I saw Doug and was not surprised he was pursuing a career in soccer.I hadn`t seen Doug for many years but was kept up to date of his success by our friend John Lietz.My thoughts and prayers are with Dougs family at this time.

  33. Paige, Aedan and the Hamilton Family, I only began working for the Galaxy at the end of November 2005, but in that time, I have come to know Doug as a kind, compassionate and caring man. His qualities as a phenomenal business man are outweighed by his qualities as a man with a tremendous soul. A few weeks into my new job, I was in the office on the weekend with my son and I was shocked to see Doug at his desk with Aedan. (Being new, I didn’t know how much Doug put into his work, but I was also delighted to know that he was a family man). We talked for a brief period and we introduced our sons. A few weeks later, when my son ran into troubles at school, Doug gave me the latitude to leave work and take care of my son because “family comes first.” It was then that I realised that I was part of a larger family because Doug cared. When I told my son of Doug’s passing, he was visibly shaken and his first thought was of Aedan and the day they met. Paige, I have never worked with anybody who made such an impression on me or my son in such a short period of time. I can only say that his habits as a leader and as a father have inspired me. As the Regional Commissioner of AYSO Region 34 in South Redondo Beach, I will do all I can to further Doug’s work with our youth and the sport of soccer in the United States and you have the sympathy of our 1,200 players and their families. As members of the Galaxy family, my son and I are deeply saddened, and you have our support and best wishes now and always. God Bless You, Paige and Aedan.

  34. You were the greatist thing the galaxy had. As a San Jose Earthquakes fan I hated you but as a GM you I wanted you. You were the greatist thing that hit MLS and the Galaxy. Taking them to TWO MLS CUP Championships and bring stars like Landon Donovan and Steve Sampson to your club. RIP Doug! We miss you!

  35. To the family of Doug Hamilton; We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife,Mother, sister and brother and to all members of his family. As friends of his Mother we had the pleasure of knowing Doug only for a short time, but each time we met we were so impressed by him. We are indeed saddened by his passing and pray that God will comfort his family and friends in the days and months ahead.

  36. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have been a season ticket holder for a couple of years now and wanted to let you know that I am really sorry for your loss. I recently lost my dearest uncle and I understand what you might be going thru. I wish you the best for you and your son. I met your husband during one of the games at the home depot center and what I liked about him was that he would greet anyone that approached him. The last time I said something to him was at the South Korean’s game this year when we told him, “Hey Doug, whats going on with the Galaxy?” and he replied “Thats 10 days of practice only.” and we all laughed. I am a member of the Galaxians and we are all really sorry for your loss. Take care. William Ortiz jr. Los Angeles

  37. May there be no dead ends in your life and no roads traveled without blessings. May no day be too short to fit love and laughter into it; may time never be to scarce that you cannot give yourself some quiet and gentle thoughts. May there be no friends too busy for you and no family member who doesn’t greatly love you. May there never be a dream beyond your reach or a star that you are unable to touch once you get started on your journey. May you remember all you have had from the start and all that is yours forever. So try, and do, and discover all that you can be. And take me with you… in spirit, as you go, so you’ll know that I’ll always be beside you wishing for nothing but the best. On behalf of my family and the Galaxians, I want to extend my deepest regrets in your loss, and raise my prayers to the lord for him to give you peace in you heart and to give you the strenght to surpass this moment of sorrow. Rest in peace Dough Hamilton. Marco Barrera Galaxians S.C.

  38. To Doug’s wife and son. I know there are no words to make this less painful but I do want you to know that my prayers are with you. Being a fan of the Galaxy and Of Doug this is a tragic loss and I’ve cried over it. May God give you the strength to overcome this loss. As a mother and wife I know there is nothing anyone can say or do to make this better but you do have your memories with him that will keep you a little more warm at night. God Bless….

  39. Paige- Aedan-Mrs Hamilton- Valerie-Stephen— The services are now behind you and Doug can now rest— As a family you all showed love, strength, and courage to all in attendence during your tremendous loss. I am confident Doug is so proud of each of you. I have read almost all the comments and am amazed ( but not shocked ) at how many people have the same message– Doug was a loyal family man and GREAT father a true friend, and the ultimate leader on and off the field— these are words anyone would want to be known for: Great father “loyal” “true” “Ultimate” How do I say goodbye to such a good friend? I decided I cannot but would rather say “THANK YOU”. Its been an honor to call you a friend for alomost 40 years I am just sad we will not have another 40.I will treasure the games on Limerick Pl which moved onto games at the Hazlet fields, behind the drive in which led to matches in NC during college. A few years back when I was lacking direction YOU believed in me when I was having doubts during a tough time. Today my family and I have a very good life because of the kindness and vison you provided me. I promise you my friend your family will be loved and looked after by all of us who were lucky to know you in all your stages as “Dougie” “Doug” ” H ” and yes even by “Mr.Hamilton”. I am a better person for knowing Doug Hamilton and I will do my best in carrying on your passion and spirit for life. I know you and your “Pops” are together, and will continue to enjoy “the beautiful game…” Thanks for always being real—

  40. Paige…Julie and I send our love and prayers to you, Aedan, your family and friends. May God’s Grace and Peace be with you and yours.

  41. Paige, Aedan, Stephen Jean and Valerie. My thoughts are with you all and I thank each of you for letting Doug be a part of our family.Jean what a cute boy you brought up into a honest,caring, and loving man. We were proud of the time we spent with him. You all know he will be missed in this family, but we have each other including you all to carry on for Aedan. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We will always be family. I’d also like to thank the AEG and GALAXY family for their response in taking care of my sister and Aedan during this time. You All were awesome!! I love you Paige and Aedan, Jean, Stephen,and Valerie. God will take care of you all.

  42. My deepest condolences go out to Dougs family. I have fond memories of Doug from our days with the Wall Atoms. What I remember most was the positive attitude and the smile on his face he had each and every day. He will be sorely missed but fondly remembered.

  43. To The Hamilton Family I would like to express my deepest condolences for your loss… the most important thing I can say is that the legacy he has left behind with the Galaxy organization is something that has touched my life and the people around me. He will be honored in this city for his contributions for quite a long time and as a dedicated family man who brought a community together to celebrate the sport that he loved.

  44. To my new Guardian Angel Dear Doug I am so glad we had a chance to talk on our birthday. When you see your dad and Grandma give them a big hug for me. Your Loving cousin Tony

  45. I got to know Doug while covering the Galaxy for Soccer America and then as a writer and editor at the L.A. Daily News. He always was genuine, passionate and down to earth. Ours was a professional relationship, but I always felt he was a friend, and that’s because of the kind of guy he was. A very good man, and he will be missed.

  46. My condolences to the family and I will never forget Doug’s love to his grandma in every visit…. Tomas

  47. Doug Hamilton was always very supportive and respectful of the Galaxy players. My son, Kevin was motivated and fueled by the friendship and relationship he and the other players had with Doug. He was a friend of soccer, but most importantly, he was a friend to the players and their families. The Hartman family will always feel indebted to Doug for the dedication he put into the Galaxy and the love he gave to the team. We miss him and appreciate all he contributed to the team and to us. Jim and Pat Hartman

  48. I never met Doug. I never even really knew who he was. And I didn’t like the Galaxy, because I am a Quakes fan. But it is very clear to me that Doug touched a lot of lives and made a difference to many, and to this wonderful sport. My heart goes out to his family. No parent should lose a child. A brother or sister should not have to bury a brother. A wife should not be widowed. No child as young as Aeden should have to say goodbye to his Daddy. But God has a plan, and we can’t even begin to understand it. Perhaps Doug did so much good in his short time here that his work here on Earth was done. Nothing I can say can help with the pain. But just know that I feel a tiny bit of the pain with you. And like I said, I never even knew him.

  49. As your neighbours we were shocked about the tragedy that hapened to your family. We are sadened with you for your loss and hope that you can stay in our neighbourhood for a long time. We are here for any help that we can provide – just ask. Horst and Ellen Neu 22615 Fern Ave 310-325-3838

  50. Over the past few years I had the opportunity to meet and work with Doug on behalf of the Foundation. He was a fine gentleman and leaves a marvelous legacy for his family. He will truly be missed.

  51. Doug, you were our team captain in 1985! “We were champions!” You were the captain in most everything you did with the same result “champion” It takes A champions caliber to live a championship life! You Did! Thanks for the memories, may you rest in peace! Tom & Aniko Lehoczky

  52. Mr. Doug was very close friends with my mom,Kristin Driscoll. I remember when we went out to California, we went to the Galaxy game. It was such a great experience to me! I was with my cousins and we watched the game from the general managers box. I ripped up pieces of paper and threw them around like confetti. I was cheering for the Galaxy and when they scored a goal Mr. Doug told me they scored a goal because I was cheering so loud. I was having so much fun that when we got home in NJ, and I started my soccer season we were deciding on a name and I sugggested the “Girls Galaxy”. Everybody loved the idea and that was our name! When we had school spirit week and we had to wear our favorite sports team t- shirt, I wore a Galaxy t-shirt. I know that Mr. Doug was very busy and I thought it was very nice of him to come out to NJ to come to my grandfathers wake and funeral when he passed away.It meant so much to my mom,grandma,and my uncles. There was never a trip to CA where we didn’t get to see Mr. Doug. He was a very nice man and he will be missed very much by my family. Miss Paige and Aeden and all the Hamiltons will be in our prayers. Love, Kiera

  53. As an intern with the Atheltic Training staff, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Hamilton Family. Doug was a GREAT leader on and off the field, he was a GREAT father, husband, brother, and son. I will miss you DOUG…now and forever.

  54. Paige and Aedan- My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I pray that you can rejoice in knowing that Doug is full of more joy than we can even imagine as He rests with God now. I pray that all of you who were close to Doug will find peace in knowing he is with God now and that you will be able to celebrate Doug’s life each time you remember all that he accomplished while living and working with you. I will continue to keep you in my prayers! Love, Erin (from Sedgewood)

  55. As a long time family friend of Paige’s I am amazed at the man Doug Hamilton was. For all these years Doug was Paige’s husband, Leigh’s brother-in-law, but I had no idea who the real Doug Hamilton was. This man was phenominal. It has to be comforting to Paige, Doug’s mom, sister, brother, and all who had the opportunity to know Doug that he was so well respected, loved, adored……the list could go on. You all must be so proud of the impact that he had on so many lives. I sat down tonight with his nephews, Sam and Wesley and played the video for them before they went to bed. They truly loved their Uncle Doug. They know he’s in heaven watching over them. Paige, please know that I am praying for you to find peace and comfort at this time. I love you and Aedan!! See you soon.

  56. Dear Doug, Thank you for always being so warm and kind to my famiy. Thank you for loving soccer; truly wanting it to succeed in the USA; and passionately working to make it happen. But Doug most of all, thank you for looking out for my brother. Thank you for “having his back”. Thank you for encouraging him; thank you for believing in him; thank you for standing up for him. To many in the soccer world my brother is a “young man who has made a big impact”. But to you, he was always more and you treated him as such. To a “big sister” that means the world. So Doug, thank you for all you did for soccer, but most of all thank you for “looking out” for my baby brother. Farwell Friend –

  57. It would be impossible for me to reminisce about my childhood without thinking of the Hamiltons. Dougie had his father’s disposition; kind, friendly, and always smiling. We went to grammar school and high school together, talked often — we were good friends. I think of both Val and Doug around this time of year – Val’s birthday first, then mine and Doug’s (and if I remember correctly, Mrs. Hamilton’s) within days of each other and for the past 15 years, when I’ve wondered how he was, I’ve silently promised myself that I would eventually track him down and say hello to an old friend – a regrettable lost opportunity. Never being a soccer fan, I had no idea had successful he had become and as sad and stunned as I am about his death, I cannot help but smile at his accomplishments and be happy that he had those experiences and equally thrilled that so many people got to experience, appreciate and enjoy Doug as well. But, in my opinion, the measure of a man is not in his observable success, which is often fleeting, but in the indelible mark, no matter how small or large, he makes on your heart and soul — A mark that, whether you realize it or not, changes who you are and who you might become simply by him being who he was. The “mark” Dougie made on my heart was one of optimism, joy, warmth, altruism and resilience. I have no doubt that I possess more of those characteristics as an adult by virtue of knowing him in my youth. My most sincere and heartfelt sympathies to Mrs. Hamilton, Val, Stephen and Paige and Aedan.


  59. I want to thank everyone who has written to my family. I am Paige’s oldest sister and I have been moved to tears and been covered in goose bumps reading what the world has said about my brother-in-law. As you all know, our family is in a state of shock. We were truly blessed by God to have a man like Dougie be a part of our family. He has gone above and beyond for me and my family, we might not have always agreed but he was there for us. He had such an impact on my 2 sons and my nephews. I have seen him with our 5 “little men” and what patience and love he showed them. I ask that everyone continue their prayers for Paige, Aedan, Jean, Stephen, Valerie and the rest of our family in the days, weeks, and months to come. I also want to thank the Galaxy family for allowing Doug to become part of your family. There are no words to express the heart felt gratitude for what you have done for us. Thank you Steve for being there with Doug…what peace that gave me. Another prayer was answered. I myself have to remember that God puts us here for a purpose, and we don’t know what that is….I realize today that I have to live each day to the fullest. Dougie, give Mama a hug from us and thank you for loving me as I am. God bless you and I love you. Em

  60. Paige and Aeden, As you well know Doug was a blessing to all he met and to the game of soccer. Indiana University Men’s Soccer Program and myself would like to send our condolences on Doug’s passing. God must of needed him to play or run the angels soccer team. God if he plays, he won’t defend as I found out playing a pick up game with him at IU but you are lucky to have him on your team. He is a winner. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were all better people having known Doug. Sincerely, Michael A. Freitag and the Indiana University Men’s Soccer Team

  61. We will always hold a special place for Doug in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  62. Our memories of “H” are formed by the passion he brought to everything he did. He had an innate gift to make you laugh and enjoy life while you were around him. Our sympathies and prayers go out to Aedan, Paige and the entire Hamilton family.

  63. I was shocked to hear about Doug’s passing. Time goes by so fast. I can’t believe its been 25 years since we took the field as Raritan Rockets. And before that playing for Mr. Wesphal and Mr. Rafferty on Hazlet travel teams. I am stunned. I’ll always remember Doug and those very special years. I wish I could go back and play one more game with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hamilton family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  64. After having grown up in Hazlet and playing soccer with and around Doug for most of my youth, our post-high school lives took different paths. I have, however, had the great fortune and privilege to share a meal and/or a game with Doug the last few times his Galaxy visited Columbus. Despite the fact that we had not spoken in many years and that Doug had obviuosly become very successful in his clearly destined career path, he was the exact same sincere, down-to-earth person I remembered. Having briefly read some of these testimonials, it is abundantly clear that Doug’s “success” went far beyond his professional career as he touched so many people. My thoughts and prayers go out to Doug’s wife and son, as well as his siblings and his mother. I am proud to have called Doug a friend and you all should be extremely proud to have called him a husband, a father, a brother and a son. God bless you all.

  65. We send our deepest sympathy to the Hamilton family. Our prayers and love are with you. Karen & Duane Duke

  66. Doug, we will miss you. I have fond memories of your youth soccer days in Greensboro, coaching my son and the Greensboro Bucaneers. Thanks you for the leadership and lessons left. You simply had a way with people. I also have fond memories of our early days with the Dynamo, and in particular the Charleston tournament trip. Shoestring budgets. We sat together, for almost 2 hours, eating at a wonderfull seafood restaurant in the historic downtown, talking soccer, World Cup, and life. It was that weekend that I realy got to know you as a wonderful and unique person. My heavens you loved soccer. You were appreciative and thankful -I will always remember that. You had little to no tolerance for less than best efforts. Thanks for being my friend during those times. I admire your career since. My hearfelt sorrow to the family. God Bless… ” And there were two roads… I took the one less travelled, And that has made all the difference”. Rick

  67. Dear Hamilton Family, My name is David Joseph and I have served as Program Director for LA SCORES (a non-profit that uses soccer to help inspire underserved children) since our inception in 2002. Since Doug was generous enough to step in on the ground floor as a founding Board Member of our organization, I had the privilege of working with Doug over the past four years as LA SCORES strived to provide more opportunities to urban children here in Los Angeles. Like everyone, I was stunned and saddened by the news of Doug’s tragic passing last month. While LA SCORES has lost a board member, I also know that, beyond his professional life which he was so committed to, Doug was a father, husband, brother, and a son. I cannot imagine the enormity of your loss, and I want to take this time to offer each of you my most heartfelt condolences. I also wanted to take a minute to share a few memories of Doug through our interaction with LA SCORES. As busy as Doug was with so many responsibilities, he always found time for LA SCORES. When we wanted to bring kids down to see the Home Depot Center Stadium, Doug made sure that was possible. When we wanted LA SCORES kids to get a chance to meet Galaxy players, Doug helped ensure that they had a continued presence at our events and also welcomed them to a Galaxy practice in Carson. I always marveled at the fact that, despite his busy schedule, he continued to make time for a non-profit organization he was committed to. And finally, I do have a memory of Doug calling in to a board meeting for as long as he could with Aedan crying in the background. As a father of two young sons, this memory had particular resonance for me personally, and certainly understood when he had to jump off the call. But it just reiterated something I heard over and over again at the memorial, and that was Doug’s continual dedication to both his family and his work. In any case, these are just a few of the memories that I have and I wanted to make sure to share them with you and reiterate Doug’s contribution to LA SCORES and these children in urban Los Angeles. Finally, I want to let you know that my wife and I will be making a contribution to the Aedan Hamilton Fund. Again, I want to offer my most sincere condolences for your tremendous loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family. Sincerely, David Joseph Program Director LA SCORES

  68. Paige and Aeden, My deepest sympathies to you both. As a season ticket holder for all seasons of the Galaxy’s existence, I knew Doug. He was the man that you knew, more than anyone, either made your experience at a Galaxy game enjoyable or miserable, and I can honestly say that more times than not it was enjoyable. Doug gave us the most amazing place to enjoy watching the sport that we love. He listened to us when we asked him to take away the horns and talk to the collage to see if they would “lighten up” on our tailgate activities. How may GM’s do you know, brave enough to gather the season ticket holders together, in the tennis court, and discuss the first season at HDC face-to-face. He knew that as fans, we not only need to feel connected to our team, but to the place in which they play, and he gave us both. Doug was the Galaxy, and he will be missed. On a personal note, I will always remember going to the reserve games, and seeing him and Aeden at each and every one of those games. One time I even watched Aeden when he was playing with a couple of children that were accompanying a family seated on the bench below where I was sitting. Aeden was playing with them and when Doug came down to see if he was bothering any of us, I told him that he was just fine and I was keeping an eye on him while he (Doug) spoke to Steve (Sampson). He smiled and said thanks. Doug may have not known my name, but he know that I was part of the Galaxy season ticket holder family, because he would always answer my questions and speak to me whenever he saw me at the games. I will miss you Doug. You where one of the best. My prayers are with Paige and Aeden, and with the team, the Galaxy organization and AEG. His leadership will be hard to replace.

  69. I’m just a fan of the Galaxy and undoubtedly a fan of Doug’s. I had chatted with Doug on a number of occasions since I’ve been a season ticket holder; but there are two times that stick out. One was at the fan practice season just prior to the first game at the Home Depot Center. My brother and I had gotten there early, had a front row seat, and were watching the presentation. Unfortunately, the sound system was messed up and no one could hear. Doug was on the field and knew something was up. So he walked over to my brother and I and asked if we could hear. We told him no, and within two minutes, the sound was adjusted and everything was perfect. From then on, my brother and I had a running gag; “Doug listens to us.” If there was a problem parking, “Tell Doug, he’ll fix it.” If someone was being obnoxious in our section, we laughed, “Tell Doug, he listens to us.” And the few times we chatted, Doug always took a second to listen to the fans. In fact, one time I asked him to sign a soccer ball that I had already gotten covered with autographs from the players. Doug smiled, looked at me and said, “You sure you want me to sign this; it might make the value go down.” He was never afraid to be available for the fans.

  70. Dear Paige, I apologize for being so late in sending my condolences. But I wanted to reach out to you – my heart breaks for you and your son. Although we haven’t been in touch since college, I was so crushed when I heard the news and think about you a lot. Would love to get in touch with you. Much love, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Love, Kim Ganskopp

  71. I would like to pass along my prayers and best wisshes to Dougs family as well as the LA Galaxy Organization.Soccer is just a game but it has a way of bringing people together in times like this. Doug was a fine man and will be missed by many. God Bless You. Keith Brown Sec 101 Metrosatars( NY Red Bull)

  72. Growing up next door to Dougy and the Hamilton family was great. Although a few years older I remember coming home from playing ball and stopping in the backyard to play goalie as Dougy would kick balls at me. He was always smiling and ready to run and play. It’s amazing what happens in life, who would of thought two kids from Hazlet would have ended up in our positions in the same industry. Fortunately for me we did as it allowed me to continue my relationship after moving out of Hazlet. We reminsied, talked about our families, the industry and just last month I called him on a person who was applying for a job here who used Doug as a reference. I will miss him, the industry will miss him, his family will miss him but we’ll all better off having had him in our lives.

  73. Our family has been grieving since March 9th when Paige called to tell us of Doug’s passing. Our home here on earth , as we know, is only temporary. Still, it is very devastating and hurtful when we lose family or friend. Doug has been a special friend to our family-both on and away from the soccer field. Some say the ultimate measures of a man are: 1) Did he have a relationship with his God? 2) Was he a role model and caretaker for his family? 3) Did he love and give of his talents to his fellow man? 4) Did he leave the world a better place than when he came into it? Doug scored A’s on all the above. The memorial service at the Home Depot Stadium and his internment service in Greensboro, were fitting tributes to a man who made a HUGE impact in his brief 43 years. His passing has left a void in the lives of those who knew him. For Doug’s mother Jean, for Paige, Aedan, Stephen, and Valerie: We ask God to bless you abundantly in the days ahead. ” Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21.” Doug and family, we love you.

  74. Paige, Aeden and family, We’re extremely saddened. Our sincere condolences go out to you. Doug always found time in his busy schedule to keep an active role with friends no matter how much time had passed. He’s one of the few that perfectly balanced the trifecta of family, friendship and business. One of the many memories with “H” was when he had a full cast on his leg. We borrowed someone’s VW Jetta to drive from UNCG to Duke where he was going to get his cast removed. I had never driven a stick shift before but I gave it a try. There was a big hill right off campus that I wasn’t able to make it up. After the light changed three times and people honking their horns behind us, H hopped out of the car and drove the car up over the hill (cast and all). Then we switched positions again in the car and we were all set. We’ll miss you, Doug! Mike Dugan & Family PS. Since Doug has obviously affected everyone’s life in a positive manner in their respective childhood years through adulthood, let’s make sure that Aeden & Paige are taken care of in the same manner.

  75. There’s so much we will miss and so much we’d like to say. But no regrets — when we look back it’s always with a smile. We’re so grateful for the privelege of knowing Dougie and all he brought into our lives. Our warmest thoughts and deepest condolences are with Paige, Aedan, Dougie’s family and all our many friends who miss him as we do.

  76. Dougie H – Very quick, smart, opinionated, honest, loyal and funny – I am going to miss you brother. I’ll always picture you where you were happiest – boots on, feet on the grass, ball at your feet. Hope we can all make you proud. Smash

  77. Dougie H – Very quick, smart, opinionated, honest, loyal and funny – I am going to miss you brother. I’ll always picture you where you were happiest – boots on, feet on the grass, ball at your feet. Hope we can all make you proud. Smash

  78. I had the honor of knowing H as a kid growing up and I had the priveledge of playing for him at Greensboro College. There is not a day that goes by that I have not thought about H for I have a picture of him at the top of my stairs from our run to the National Finals in 1989.There are so many memories, and so many great times that we had together. You were always there for me as a coach and mentor, but most importantly you were always there for me as a friend. Paige, Aedan, Stephen, Valerie, Mrs. H, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Heal’s

  79. Dear Paige, From our family to yours,our deepest and sincerest condolences. Doug’s dedication and love for our game will truly be missed. He was truly respected and admired by the entire soccer community. May your love for him and the times you shared together sustain you and Aeden in your time of sorrow. With fond memories, Glenn Myernick US Soccer.

  80. Dear Paige, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Doug was a great person and well respected throughout the soccer world. His kindness extended far beyond the game as he touched many peoples lives in a postive way. I will always appreciate the man he was to me, my two daughters, and my friends. God bless, Paul Caligiuri

  81. I only had two communications with Doug over the past two months via phone. He was so helpful,kind and willing to do everything possible to help the players move to Houston be a good one. He even followed up with us on a Saturday regarding the move. I just wanted his wife and son to know our thoughts and prayers are with them.

  82. My sincere condolences to Paige and Aeden. My families thoughts and prayers are with you both. It seems insignificant to mention soccer but that’s how Doug touched so many of us. Without Doug the Galaxy, the Home Depot Center, and MLS would not be what they are today. He was a great gift to American soccer and will be missed. Thanks Doug.

  83. My Family along with myself are great fans of the GALAXY and still are in total shock that you are gone Mr. Hamilton. We can not think of another person better than you, Mr. Hamilton to be the GALAXY’s new president. Thank you so much for everything you have done. You were such a great person in and out of the GALAXY. We Love you and will always miss you! God Bless you and your Family!

  84. Dear Paige and Aedan, I remember Doug as a polite and very friendly young man. He was so nice to Bob and I. I am grateful that he passed through our lives and thankful for the good friends you and Doug have been to Greg and Samantha. My hear aches for you and Aedan. you will be in ours prayers daily. We love you, Pam and Bob Geissinger

  85. My condolences to the Hamilton family, I have never met you guys but I know everyone of you thru Carmel and Tony, I am Tomas’ sister. My prayers are with you

  86. Dear Paige and Aedan, I just spoke with Doug during the recent NSCAA convention and MLS draft. I serve with Athletes in Action as a chaplain to MLS players. Doug always shared his hope in Christ with me, recounting to me that he had plans to play on one of our summer tours during his college days. I pray for you in this difficult and abrupt loss. The bright side is that you can see him again someday soon in heaven. I thank God for the strength and comfort He will give you and your family through the days ahead.(2 Corinthians 1:1-11) With love and appreciation, Steve Morgan

  87. Dear Paige and Aidan, I am deeply saddened by the news of Doug’s passing. Doug was the first teammate in college to take me under his wing and make me feel comfortable at UNC-G in my freshman year, 1983. We even took a road trip up to New Jersey that summer after we helped out as counselors at a Rowdies Camp in Tampa. I pray for you that you get through this difficult time in your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  88. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousands winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die. mary elizabeth frye – 1932 May God bless all of you, Sammy Nishi Game Day Staff

  89. I was so saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. And although I hadn’t seen him in a while, last time being at a game in Dallas, he was exactly the same. Happy, content, and genuinly concerned about how your life was. He will be greatly missed by our family.

  90. I worked at the Home Depot Center and on occasion, I would run in Mr. Hamilton. I can tell you from experience that Mr. Hamilton treated everybody kindly and politely no matter how busy he was .He would stop and acknowledge people around him. He was a great GM but more important he was an amazing person. Those of us that were lucky enough to meet him and bask in his greatness are better people for it. Thank you, Mr. Hamilton YOU are , and will be missed

  91. Dear Mrs. Hamilton, My wife and I were on the same flight that night from Costa Rica as your husband (Lacsa LR604) and what happened affected us tremendously. When we received the outcome later, we thought immediately of Mr. Hamilton’s family. We wished to express how sorry we are for you and your son, as well as all those who knew and loved Mr. Hamilton. Reading all the other comments from others, we know he will be truly missed. What has encouraged my wife and I upon the death of our loved ones is that the Scriptures indicate that it is possible to be reunited with our dead loved ones in the near future, not in an unknown heaven but right here on earth under peaceful, righteous conditions. (John 5:21, 28,29) And at that time humans will have the prospect of enjoying perfect health, and they will never have to die again.(Psalm 37:29 and Matthew 5:5.) My wife and I know that you will find very comforting the scriptures referenced here. They have truly made it easier for us. Also, When death strikes a family, parents as well as other relatives and friends are often at a loss as to what to say or do to help children cope with what has happened. Yet, children need adults to help them deal with death. Please Mrs. Hamilton, if you would like further information about our loving Creator’s hope for such ones, and some realistic suggestions as to how to answer children’s questions in these matters, you are welcome to email us back. Again, we are truly sorry for your loss. Our prayers will be with you and yours. Sincerely, David & Margarita Schroeder

  92. As parents, we watched from the sidelines with grateful approval, while Doug Hamilton coached our son and the close knit group of fine young men who played soccer for Greensboro College, He led by example, teaching them to work hard both on the field and in life. There is no doubt that his influence in those days and his continued friendship will always stay with them. We are deeply saddened that his passing came far too soon for those yet to know and learn from him. Our prayers go out to his family. Pete & Pat Otterberg

  93. My prayers go out to all of Dougs family. I played for Doug at Greensboro College and wanted to thank him for the opportunity he gave me in Greensboro! I still live here and am very active in coaching soccer, without getting to Greensboro I would not have had the opportunities I have had in soccer, business and life. Thanks for getting me started! It has been very inspiring reading all the memorials about dougs life and to see the legacy he has left behind, this tragic loss really makes you see how precious life can be. I have a wife and son who is 5 years old, and my heart and prayers go out to Aedan and paige. Take care Doug as I know you will have the same impact in heaven as you did on earth.

  94. Paige, Aedan, and the Hamilton Family, My deepest condolences to all of you in this time. Doug touched alot of people in the community, myself included. Paige, I don’t know if you remember me. I was the Athletic Trainer with the Miami Fusion. Doug had a profound affect on my life and made me the professional I am today. He kept in touch with me after the Fusion folded and was concerned about my general well being. He was a great man. My prayers are with you and your family. Jaime Rojas, MS, ATC

  95. Dear Hamilton family, Doug never needed to be told how to do it,and always wound up as a winner. I was very fortunate to have known and worked with him. Isn’t it amazing to be able to touch so many lives in such a posative way through this great game. My deepest sympathy to your whole family. Peter Broadley Former UNCG Assistant Coach.

  96. Paige,Aedan and family The last time I saw Dougie was six years ago at Notre Dame. He looked so great. Since the 1980’s Mike kept me informed of Dougie’s impressive career. We always enjoyed talking about the paths the “boys” of the UNC-G ’82-’83 National Championship team had taken. It doesn’t seem right that someone so young who does so much for so many is taken from us so quickly. My family and I want to express our sincere condolences to Dougie’s wife, his son, his Mom, sister and brother. I know the pain is deep……draw from the love that will surround you from family, friends and even people you don’t know. You will remain in our thoughts and in our prayers. P.S. Doug, Please give Mike a big, tight hug from me.


  98. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hamilton Family, AEG, and the entire US Soccer family…my deepest condolences on this tragic loss. Doug will be missed by many but his impact on the game will never be forgotten. Thanks. Earl Cochrane The Canadian Soccer Association

  99. Mr Hamilton did many good his life…but the best one was.he always saluted everyone with ‘MUCHO GUSTO”big smile and a thank you were his trademark..with all my heart REST IN PEACE MR HAMILTON..!

  100. Dear Paige and Aeden: Lili and I send you and the entire Hamilton family our deepest condolences. During his years here with the Fusion, Doug touched so many hearts, including mine. He had a unique gift of always making one feel like the most important person in the world. Even as he climbed the corporate ladder, he always had time to chat on the phone or send a kind e-mail to see how I was doing. He was a terrific boss and friend. I already miss him so much.

  101. To the Hamilton family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this very sad time. May God lift you up in courage and faith, and may He bless each of you with happy memories of a dear husband, loving father, and kind friend to all who knew him.

  102. Paige,Aedan and family Our thoughts and prayers are with you…Doug “H” was a very special person and he will be missed…But he will alsways live in our hearts and in our memories….. The Douglas Family

  103. Dear Paige and Aeden, My prayers and deepest sympathy to you for you loss. I met Doug through Mick and felt like I had know him as long as Mick, because of their true friendship. I had the opportunity to spend time with the guys and travel through many of their memories of soccer and their friendship over the past nine years. When we came to calif. I remeber how happy and proud Doug was of his career, the team and especially his family. I remeber the game and finally having the opportunity to meet you we had a great day together and I will always remember that. My heart is so very empty for such a terrible loss of such a great man, father, husband, and friend. We will miss him. With Love, Mike Parsons and Suzie Warner

  104. Doug AKA “H” was a SR. when I was a FR. at UNCG. He was a fantastic mentor on the pitch for me. His daily encouragement meant the world to me as a player and person. A better person all have become from knowing Doug! Sindi and my thoughts and prayers are with Doug’s family.

  105. Dear Paige, Aedan, and Hamilton Family We send our heart-felt condolences and blessing to you and your family. Doug (H) was a true friend and one person you could always count on to keep you grounded in reality as well as provide levity to life. Although he will be sorely missed, we know that he is with us in spirit. God Bless Andrew, Gina, Matthew, and Michael

  106. Our deepest sympathy to Paige, Aedan, and all of the Galaxy organization. Mr. Hamilton did a great job of helping the Galaxy to continue its growth as one of the premier soccer teams in the US. May God bring comfort and strength during this difficult time.

  107. I will always remember Dougie coming to the Hazlet Soccer fields to practice and teach us various juggling techniques for hours on end. Showing us how many different ways he can pop the ball in the air with his magical footwork and catching the ball on the back of his neck. At times, this was after a 500 mile trek from UNC-Greensboro. He did all of this with a smile and always seemed genuinely interested in our lives. Dougie, you will be missed by all. Paige, Aedan and the Hamilton Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You, The Garcia Family

  108. My condolences to the Hamilton Family. I’m deeply saddened with his passing. I cannot tell you how much I respected, admired and looked up to our leader and friend. I considered him my role model and I find myself saying “talk to me Doug” as I go about trying to make him proud in my daily tasks. His spirit is in my heart and all round The Home Depot Center. I will miss him a lot. With Love, V.

  109. Paige & Aeden, I am very saddend to hear that Doug has passed away, my families prayers are with you both. I grew up with Doug in Hazlet, I lived across the street on Limerick Place, I remember summers swimming in Doug’s pool and we used to play superman and run around with towels around our necks. I also remember how he loved soccer and he always had a soccer ball around and I can see him image dribbling the ball down the street. I am sad that our adult lives didn’t cross paths again please accept my deepest sympothies.

  110. Dear Paige, My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Aeden, Stephen, the rest of the Hamilton family. Rememeber Doug’s smile and laugh they were some of his best qualities. Congratulations “H” once again on the Double. Love, JT

  111. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hamilton family. The friends of Valerie here in Florida are praying for you.

  112. Hamilton Family, While attending a funeral on Tuesday in MD I was informed of your lost of Doug by a former UNC-G soccer player. I knew “H” back in the mid 1980’s when he played soccer. He was always a joy to be around, smiling and laughing.. I saw him last in 1994 while visiting the campus. There he was on the newly built soccer field mentoring and coaching kids. My heart goes out to the family. After reading the many condolences, I believe that Doug’s spirit is at rest and peace. Kim Ervin-Logan UNC-G 1987 Soccer Fan

  113. We never had the pleasure of knowing this wonderful man, but we heard of him many times through his brother,Steve who is very dear to us as a close friend of our son,Jason. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and we know that Doug was an outstanding man, as is his brother and family. We deeply grieve for you and pray that there never is a cloud on your horizon. Phyllis and Stanley Krebs

  114. My sincere sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful man. I was in college at UNCG (82-86)while Doug played on the soccer team. I can honestly say he was one of the most respectful and caring guys on the team. I know you will all miss his great big smile and even bigger heart. I will always remember “H” as genuine. God rest his soul. My thoughts and prayers are with you Paige and family.

  115. Dearest Valerie, know that your hospice family is deeply sharing your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and to the entire Hamilton family.

  116. We are friends of Doug’s mother and would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to Page, Aedan and Jean. Our prayers and love are with you all.

  117. I was a teammate of Doug’s on the 1983 National Championship UNC Greensboro Soccer Team. We were both from New Jersey. Doug was an upper classmen and I was a freshman. He was a constant source of encouragement for my game and me. He called me the “Bug Man” because I was all over the field. He loved the way I played and was a joy for the whole team. A very positive man to be around. He was the type of person I wanted to be around. I am still in shock. The soccer community and all of us have lost a great man. My only regret is that I never got to see him now that I live in California. My thoughts and love go out to Doug’s Family.

  118. Dear,Paige,Aedan,Jean,Valerie,& Stephen My wife Georgiana has already expressed that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I would just like to add to the many testimonials on Doug’s character and how right they are. I was very fortunate that the players on the Wall Atoms were pretty well grounded in their values, and this was a tribute to their parents. As their coach I always appreciated Doug’s leadership and willingness to take on responsibility and have FUN while playing. Doug’s willingness to be a leader and take on responsibility obviously did him well in his business career. It has been said that the good die young and this is so true in Doug’s case.

  119. My deepest condolences to all of Doug’s family. I am truly sorry for your loss. I know the soccer community will miss him greatly, but it cannot compare to your loss. Again, my condolences.

  120. My deepest condolences to the Hamilton Family. I am proud to have known “H”. We played soccer together in the late 70’s and early 80’s. What great memories I have of “H”. I can vision him now running down the field filled with laughter as he played. “H” was always smiling. He brought great energy to a room, field, and/or team. He was humble, respected, filled with genuine loving energy. He had the peerless ability to make others feel special. In a dialogue only few know (Eddie R, Mike S…) “H donetheir this is Scarps donehere, thank you for gracefulness I know I am better for knowing you.” God Bless You Dougie Hamilton. With great memories, Glenn Scapelli

  121. My sincere condolences to the Hamilton Family / LA Galaxy….. I never had a chance to personally meet Mr. Hamilton, but I did speak to him over the phone just a few weeks ago. I greatly admire the fact that such a man took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to share his wealth of knowledge of soccer with me, as I conducted an “informational interview.” I am proud of how is has managed the LA Galaxy organization. A great man will be missed.

  122. As we all travel along this road called life, we sometimes have the good fortune to cross paths with people who make an impact on our lives. Doug was one of those special people. He was a teammate, friend and mentor….I’m thankful to have had the chance to know “H”. He was the finest of people. My prayers and condolences go out to Paige, Aeden and the Hamilton Family.

  123. I know I’m very late with this but didn’t know and came across it on the internet and could not beleive it. They say after forty you can count your best friends on one hand, this list just proves how beloved a person Doug was.God bless the Hamilton family. If everyone was half the person Doug was, the world would be a beautiful place. John Scherzinger Raritan class of 81

  124. My heart is heavy of hearing of Doug’s passing. He was someone I always enjoyed being around. Soccer and laughter at the jersey Shore are my memories of Doug. You will be missed here at the jersey shore. I know you will find a match in heaven. Thank you for touching my life Doug. God bless your family.

  125. We’ll miss you deeply, Doug. You were the greatest president and manager anyone could ask for. Thank you for all the good times. The Galaxy won’t let you down.

  126. I am sorry for the loss of Mr. Hamilton. I have been a fan of the Galaxy ever since the MLS started 10 years ago. I always wished to see them shine by wining the MLS Cup and in 2002 it finally happened. I knew something had change in the team. Now I know why, because of this good man who changed the course of the team. My thoughts and prayers for the Hamilton Family.

  127. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hamilton family at this very sad and difficult time. God Bless you all and R.I.P. Doug. Jaime Moreno & Family D.C. United

  128. Aunt Paige and Aedan, I am really thinking of you. I am also praying for you. I am really worried about Aedan and I hope he can remember all the good times with Uncle Doug. You also need to help him. I will also miss Uncle Doug just as much as you will. I loved him so much. My dad is also thinking of you. Love ya, Sam Garrett

  129. Dear Aedan and Aunt Paige, I am Doug’s nephew, Wesley Garrett and the best memory that I had spent with Doug is when I went to California and played soccer with Doug. I loved him deeply and so did Aedan and Paige Hamilton. I am thinking about Stephen, Paige, Valerie, Jean, and Aedan. Love ya, Wesley Garrett

  130. Your smiles of happiness will always be in our heart, dont ever forget that we love u your soul will always be in our hearts beacause that beutiful smile is too great to loose, you will always be here for us, because your soul is now ans angel that will watch us and guide us closer to u Remember doug the Galaxy will always be yours your such agreat soul and you truly will be missed your so far from us and yet so close because youll always be in our hearts. I want you to know that i will never forget u watching us chant and having fun at the games i will never forget. YOU!!! you will always be in my prayers, Rest in peace doug hamilton you truly will be missed but u will always be in my heart!!! *~Sandra Barrrera~*

  131. Dear Paige, Aedan, Stephen & the entire Hamilton Family, The loss of your husband, dad, brother and son make condolences seem so inadequate. It’s impossible to compare, but Doug’s passing is a loss to so many of us. Doug was my colleague and friend for almost 20 years. I watched him go from soccer player, to soccer coach, to soccer executive and at each step he rose to the new challenge. The news of his passing raced around the soccer world for a single reason: he has touched hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives and in him we saw what was best in our game. The traditional advice is that time heals the ragged pain of loss. What is so much more important is that time also gives perspective to love, honor and friendship. Doug gave and received those in abundance. He will be deeply missed. You have our love and support, Lynn Berling-Manuel and all of Doug’s friends at Soccer America

  132. To the Hamiltons, the Los Angeles Galaxy players and staff, please accept my condolences over the loss of Doug. Doug was a bright, energetic, young man whose early departure is nothing short of a surprise. Sincerely, John Esther

  133. Our heartfelt condolences and fervent prayers are with the Hamilton family and the entire AEG organization during this extremely difficult time. I was just getting to know Doug as the new Athletic Director here at CSUDH, and in fact had lunch with him on his birthday on Monday at the Stadium Club. What I took away from that meeting was the obvious love for his family, and the pride he had for his son. We talked very little business that day on purpose, as we wanted to get to know each other better. I feel so blessed that I had that opportunity to meet such a fine man. CSUDH Athletics and the entire university has lost a great friend. It is an understatement to say that he will be missed. Rest in peace Doug.

  134. Paige and Aeden, Our prayers and thoughts are with you. So many here have spoken of the remarkable man, Doug Hamilton. Doug was truly a special person. All of us that had Doug in our lives are better for it. Paige, Ellen and only met you breifly, one day at a soccer field in Gboro. A very cocky young man, that never waivered in his self belief, almost humbly introducded you to a group of us. It was evident to us that Doug had met that one special person. Understand that you made Doug’s world. Those of us that have been through career trials know that it must be a team. Doug knew he had your undying love and support. You were very much a part of what we all knew as Doug. I know you feel robbed, but understand you and Doug shared something very special, I hope you can remember that. To Aeden, at some point in time, around your birth, Doug’s sign off on emails always related to “best to your family.” I could see that Doug had reached another level in his life. As remarkable as his other accomplishments were, you and your Mom were always the most important part of his life. Aeden, as much as you may not understand all of this now, remember, your Dad loved your Mom, he loved you. Even though he was a rising star in the business and soccer world, you and your Mom were number one, as it should be. Ellen, Buddy and I have spent the weekend remembering Doug stories. Remarkable, they all dealt with good lessons, positive reinforcement, and knowing friendships. In one respect Doug will be missed, but in the greatest tribute I think we can give anyone, he will not be missed as his influence in our lives will stay with us forever. Doug, God bless you for being the person that had such a wonderful influence on so many.

  135. Doug….. When you think back at your High School Years there is always a person that when the name is a mere thought in your head you smile. Doug was a generous soul and had a smile that could light up your heart. I never knew he became so successful with the little sport called soccer and as I sit here stunnned about his passing, I say God took another angel and I hope that his family understands that his time here was complete. Paige and Aedan he was a wonderful person all those years ago and I will forever think of him fondly and say a prayer each night I look at the stars. Joanne McGrath-Trust class of 1981

  136. Paige and Aedan please accept my condolences over the loss of Doug. It very hard to express what I feel right now, but God knows I had the honor of knowing a great man, a hard worker, a true friend. All our prayers are with you and your family, Martin Machon and family

  137. As someone who had the great opportunity to play for Doug Hamilton, I can honestly say that it was a blessing. His passion and commitment were contagious. The lessons that I learned from him were both innumerable and invaluable. When the team learned of his passing, we were crushed. Everyone related so well with him. He was truly “one of us”,down to earth and humble. He was a man that I respected as much as anyone else on this planet. Doug was a great friend and a mentor to many. I learned about loyalty and honesty in the crazy world of soccer. I respected his commitment to his family. Watching Doug and Aeden made me want to be a father more than I ever had before. Each morning, I’d ask Doug how he was, and he’d say “Well”, and I was always so taken by it. Not because I care about grammar, but because of his commitment to it. Not once did I hear Doug say “Good”. His commitment to quality was undeniable. Whether he was playing in a game, building a team, giving a speech, or having dinner with his family, Doug was commited to excellence. I feel very lucky to have been touched by such a great man, but will miss him sorely. I will think of him often and adopt the lessons that I was left with. My prayers are with Paige, Aeden, and Steve and Doug’s entire family. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. God bless, Kevin H.

  138. To the Hamilton Family, With sincerest regret for your loss. I played club soccer in North Carolina for Doug and with his brother Steve in my early teens. Doug helped develop me as a player and more importantly as a person. I cannot explain to you the influence that Doug had on me and my family. I have always remained passionate about the game of soccer and life because of special people like Doug. I made life decisions and established myself through the game of soccer and I owe Doug and his family a debt of gratitude for helping pave the way and making me believe in myself. To Steve, my prayers are with you and your family and your brother was someone I so looked up to and he will be sorely missed. To his wife and son, I feel honored to have known Doug and my condolences to you and your family. Respectfully, Jeff Johnson

  139. Doug was responsible for helping to create LA SCORES, an after-school program in the Palms area that combines soccer with writing and community service for at-risk boys and girls. As one the original founding members of the Board, Doug was generous with his time and resources, providing kids with tickets to Galaxy games, soccer gear from the Passback program and team donations, access to players and team practices, and many other expressions of his personal commitment to giving back. In addition, he gave me the opportunity to be a part of this program and for his support and trust I will always be grateful. I was also fortunate enough to play against him on the soccer field last year. I admired his energy, his skill and his experience on the pitch. He played with style and with determination, but always with respect for his opponents. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they carry themselves on the field of play, and Doug did so with confidence and class. We will miss his leadership and his passion for the game, but his legacy will remain with the hundreds of children that he has helped with his immense spirit.

  140. Paign and Aeden, It is with deep,deep sadness and a sense of great loss that we say good-bye, for now, to Doug. He came into our lives when our son,Edward (Eddie),was a senior in high school. He was Edward’s U19 soccer coach. Even then he was a combination of a no nonsense business person and a very caring personal friend. Almost from the beginning of Doug’s association with our family he saw something special in our son and helped to nurture it. He was truly one of the pivotal people in Edward’s life.But most of all he gave us his friendship and that is what we will surely miss. Our family is better because we had a chance to get to know him and to love him. Whenever we saw him he always greeted us with that “big” smile. We’ll miss him. May God bless and be with both of you now and forever is our prayer.

  141. Doug was our son’s soccer coach on the Greensboro Kickers while he attended UNCG. He was a very positive influence for all on the team.His commitment to excellence was a lesson that will never be forgotten. Doug was a tremendous role model for all his players.We parents were so thankful for Doug and the wonderful influence he was on our son.Our sincere thoughts and prayers go to all of the Hamilton Family.

  142. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Hamilton’s family. Mr. Hamilton was admired and respected. It is still unreal to think that he has been taken so suddenly. God bless his family.


  144. H was loved by so many in the soccer community alone that few will ever have such an outpouring of respect and admiration as he. As a teamate of his on the ’82 UNC-G squad, he always gave me, a rookie freshman, encouragement. I remember speaking with him shortly after coach Bert’s passing and it was as if we were still back at the dorm known as the “Hinshaw Hilton.” He had a great ability to make you feel at ease and had a genuine concern for how things were going for others. His passion for the game and its people brought him all the success he deserved. Paige, Aedan and family, know that he is in a better place and that perhaps his real success can be measured by how much he was loved by others. My thoughts and prayers, Pete McNulty

  145. Dear Paige, Aedan, and Steve, Our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Doug was one of the true gentleman in the US Soccer community. He was a man of integrity, character, humility, and compassion. He always had a welcoming smile and immediately put people at ease. It was a pleasure to talk business, soccer and the Jersey Shore with Doug (even when we were having trouble paying our adidas invoices on time!) Strangely, I only had the opportunity to play with Doug on 2 occasions. Once vs the Greensboro Dynamo in the early 90’s when he promptly megged me about 30 seconds after kick off – I kept my distance for the remainder of the match. And second and more memorable, on that awesome artificial field at the Trocadero across from the Eiffel Tower in Paris at World Cup France 1998. For soccer fanatics like ourselves – those weeks in Paris were a dream come true -and I’ll always be grateful to Doug for letting us share in his love and passion for the sport. My memories of the 1998 World Cup and Doug are inseparable. Doug has touched more lives through his commitment to the game than any of us could have imagined. It was truly an honor to have known such a wonderful individual. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Andy and Marianne Logan

  146. When I was a recruit, I met Doug at a UNCG game (a win on their way to their first National Championship). Even during this exciting time for him and his teammates, he made it a point to come over to me and introduce himself and speak to me for several minutes. During my first pre-season at UNCG, Doug was there with his ever-present positive attitude and words of encouragement. He made me (and all the incoming freshmen) feel welcome and at ease. I realized that Doug saw the best in everyone and looked to get the best out of them too. Doug was a true leader and based on the posts on this site, he was a man who touched many throughout the world. Paige, my wife and I send our deepest sympathies to you and Aedan and to the Hamilton family. We have all lost a friend in Doug, and the world has lost a great man. Mark and Danielle Cregle

  147. Paige and Aedan, Please accept our deepest condolences and we pray for you to have the strength to endure Doug’s loss and carry on in the spirit in which he lived his life. We hope that you find some comfort in the enormous legacy that he has left behind with his family, personal friends and extended soccer family. Robin and the boys feel his loss and remember him well from the different events over the many years. It was rare to not have him come down to the locker room to greet everyone before a game. I always seemed to find myself sharing a short moment with him as he did with the other staff in the locker room before each game. It was always something I appreciated and enjoyed. My last encounter with Doug was very late after the 0-0 game against Saprissa at the HDC. I was there much later than I usually am and Doug was still there conferring with one of the players, surely about how the win got away. He looked unfazed by the late hour as I left exhausted by that very full day. That is a snapshot in time that I will personally keep as the last time I saw Doug. To share a fond memory. . . we had just scored in the 2005 MLS Cup, in the excitement I rushed down by the bench from in front of the locker room in anticipation of the win trying to be inconspicuous as the game went into the second overtime period. I had to be near the action! As I sat down next to some of the players, I looked up and rushing down the stands was Doug from where I’m sure he was sitting with you. He JUMPED OVER the railing to be with the team to take the championship. He looked excited as he took the field but quickly took the proper posture as the leader of organization. His sentiment was unmistakable. He had to be with the team! He was just as big of a fan as the rest of us, but a consummate professional and it was a pleasure to be associated with him. He made the medical staff feel like a part of the team and I will always appreciate that. Our prayers are with you both.

  148. My deepest condolences to all the Hamilton Family. BIG H as i liked to call him was a very dear freind. We as a group have lost someone very close to our hearts, but the world has lost a truly outstanding human beiing.

  149. Paige and Aeden, we offer our deepest condolences on Dougs passing. We enjoyed getting to know your family while you lived in South Florida and we worshiped together at First United Methodist in Boca Raton. Our son Cole and Aeden were born around the same time and I shared some fun times with Doug in the “kids room” of the parish while the boys wreaked havoc. Please keep in touch if there is anything we can do for your family. Rick, Trish, Cole and Connor

  150. My prayers go out to Doug’s family. I was a student at GC while H was the coach there. He was a great motivator to his players and that’s why they were so successful on the field and off. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to have known him. I have 2 children, one son also named Aidan, and upon hearing of Doug’s passing it made me realize how precious life is and to live it to the fullest like he did. Coach, you were a great person whose memory will live on in the people who knew you. You will be missed greatly, but you will never be forgotten. God Bless you and your family. Fols

  151. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Hamilton family and L.A. Galaxy. In the year or so I was there, I saw Doug make some amazing changes in L.A. A very business-savvy man, but also a guy who would take time out to joke with the rookies and get to know his players.

  152. H, I am crushed and really lost for words. I have so many great memories of you. From watching you play and rooting for you in high school (as an old Raritan HS man myself) and in college for our dear friend Bert. Seeing your Dad on the sidelines for so many of our games. The wonderful career you carved out for you and your family with adidas and the Galaxy. You were the best. Your passion for the game has touched everyone who has ever kicked a ball in this country and we all will miss you and your wonderful spirit. Our prayers go out to Paige, Aedan and Stephen. Doug touched so many lives and we all loved him. With Love, Bob Reasso and the Rutgers Soccer family.

  153. One man’s life: Too short but well lived Our fondest memory of Doug is the night of the 2005 MLS Cup celebration at the Hilton DFW Hotel in Dallas. Doug was happy and exuberant particularly when it came time to award the championship medallions to the Galaxy players. Everyone smiled as he had Aedan place the medal over each player’s head. The joy seen in Aedan’s face spoke volumes. One could not help but see the glow that came from Doug’s eyes at having Aedan by his side. Father and son sharing such a meaningful experiencce together, it doesn’t get any better than that. Paige, Aedan and the entire Hamilton family … you are in our thoughts and prayers. We met Doug in 2002 after he joined the Galaxy when our son Patrick,Director of Communications for the team, introduced us. In the years that followed we would often see and talk with Doug at games on the East and West coasts. Always, he welcomed our presence and went out of his way to say “Hello”. His engaging smile and upbeat presence has left a lasting imprint.

  154. The Malmfelt family wishes to extend its condolences and prayers to Doug’s wife, Paige, son Aedan, brother Steve and family at this time. “H” was not only active within the Greensboro Soccer Community as player and college coach but also at the youth level. He coached our son, Kevin, on the Greensboro Kickers ’70 during the early years of North Carolina Travel Soccer. He was not only a fine coach but an outstanding model for our boys during their formative years. God bless! John and Janie Malmfelt

  155. I had the honor of working with Doug during his time with adidas. I still remember well when we met in D.C. some years ago … you telling me and others how you want to help develop professional soccer in the U.S. further. Its happening, and you have been a vital part of this – the world of soccer will miss you greatly. My deepest condolences to his family. Sincerely, Michael

  156. To the family of Doug Hamilton, We are deeply saddened by your tremendous loss. May the family memories you created with so much love help you to endure, give you strength and comfort you. May your faith and God help to sustain you through your loss.

  157. Steve, I didn’t really know Doug that well. He and your Dad came to our house quite a few years ago in an effort to recruit my brother, but from what I’ve been reading, he made such a “huge” impact on so many lives. I am so sorry for your loss. Just know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. The Pladl Family

  158. As soccer people, we have an unwritten rule that we never compare ourselves to other sports, just to other clubs within soccer. With that said, I’m sure the Doug Hamilton I know would probably smile his wry smile and just give me that look of his if he heard me say this. When he turned the Galaxy into the club in his own words “by which all others are judged” he created the New York Yankees of MLS. It’s not a bad thing – after all, why do so many baseball people hate the Yankees? Because they win the most championships, are the most recognizable name in their sport and make more money than anyone else – exactly the same status to which Doug elevated the Galaxy. All the while, he never forgot how he got the team there, the staff members that were keeping the team at that level, and most importantly, to make more and more time for his family despite his increasingly busy schedule. Doug was a great leader, a great boss and great husband and father and he will be sorely missed.

  159. Dear Paige, I am shocked and crushed to find out about Doug’s passing. I always remember the two of you so fondly from our time working together in Boca finding a home. Everytime I pass the home you bought and sold here I think of you and how wonderful it was to have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know you and Doug and to see your son come into the world.Doug was such a special person. I cannot even fathom how you must have felt losing him so suddenly and at such a young age. My heart breaks for you and for Aedan. Be strong for Aedan and help him remember his Dad.If you ever get to Boca Raton again please look me up. I’d love to see you and Aedan again.God bless you and keep you now and forever.Best regards, Patti Scott

  160. To the Hamilton Family, I am proud to have known Doug, and am without a doubt a better person because of his friendship. He inspired excellence in everything he did. It is so rare to find a person who has so positively impacted so many lives in so many ways. He will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  161. A tragic loss to the world of soccer, he will be greatly missed. Doug bled for soccer and was a fantastic pioneer for US soccer. My thoughts and condolances are with his family at this very sad time Dan Fletcher Football agent, London

  162. It’s difficult for me to put into words the true loss of Doug. I had the opportunity to Coach him when he returned to UNCG in 1985, and it immediately became obvious that not only was he a special player, but a special person with it. The success of his life from that point a testifies to that. He will be greatly missed.My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  163. What a shock it was to receive “that” call from my son John informing us about Doug’s death. My family had known Doug and his family when they lived in the Raritan Valley development in Hazlet, NJ. Doug, my son John, Brian Kindlan, Danny Cahalane, Danny Sharp, John Paul Linner all played soccer together and against each other for many years in the Hazlet Youth Soccer League (& I’m sure I missed a few names.) At this level of Youth soccer, one could tell that Doug had a passion for soccer – and that loveable smile, how could one forget Doug. Our families were also involved with the YMCA Indian Guide Program for fathers and sons. Wonderful expierences with Doug, his father Paul and the others in the group (especially the ‘family’ weekend at High Point, NJ). One should never bury ones child & I feel like I just have. However, it is our faith that teaches us that one day we all will see our loved ones again. I’m sure there are a few soccer balls up there and a team waiting for a new coach, a teacher, and a leader. Please express our sympathy to Doug’s wife, son, his mother Jean & sister Valerie. Jack & Helen Lietz; Aberdeen, NJ

  164. I had the pleasure of working for H at adidas. I have fond memories of playing pick up at lunch with H and the rest of the Jersey boys. He was so passionate about the game and life. He will be greatly missed. Paige, Aeden and Stephen … my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Cindy Griffith

  165. To The Hamilton Family: Our deepest condolences for your loss of Doug. He was always enthusiastic and warm-spirited in all our dealings with him. Our prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Joey Franchino/Paul Mordarski

  166. It is so difficult to imagine a day without Doug – he was our leader, our mentor and our friend. Words cannot express the loss that each of us is feeling and how much we will miss the spirit and energy that he infused into our team and office. Doug never demanded excellence, he led by it and we all followed his example and are better because of it. Anyone who knew Doug, knew how much he loved this team and “his boys” and how proud he was of each of them as individuals and for what they accomplished as a whole. That love, however, could never equal how much in love he was with Paige, Aedan, Stephen and his entire family. Family was at the core of who Doug was and is what the Galaxy became when he arrived. Your family misses you greatly, Doug, and we will honor you by continuing on for now you are what we play for…I’ll keep the M&Ms full for you. Paige, Aedan & Stephen – I love you and am here for you. Glo

  167. The Yeagley family extends our thoughts and prayers to Paige, Aeden, Stephen, and all family members. In my opinion, Doug Hamilton was one of our sports true champions. During his relatively short time with us, Doug had a positive impact on the growth and development of the game of soccer in the United States. I was fortunate to share some wonderful times with Doug over the years. A creative thinker, Doug was always on the cutting edge and constantly striving to take the game forward in a variety ways. Even though Doug chose to contribute to the game through his excellent management and administrative skills, I felt Doug would have been a great coach. His keen insight and knowledge of the game became most evident during casual conversations. Doug’s passion for soccer was contagious and he always made me feel excited and good about being involved with the sport. Doug Hamilton was a true gentleman and class guy. His influence on the growth of soccer and those he touched along the way will be his lasting legacy. Respectfully, Jerry Yeagley & family

  168. Doug was an inspiraton and motivator to me. He was one of the people I met while working with the Galaxy that may me feel motivated to do the best job that I could do. I will miss greeting Senor Doug as I use to say to him in the hallways.

  169. It has been an honor and a privilege to work along side someone who was more than just my boss, but a mentor and most importantly a friend. I learned so much from Doug, not just about the business of soccer, but how to speak with integrity. And that is exactly what he did with everyone that he interacted with, something that I will treasure and cherish for the rest of my life. Paige, Aedan, Stephen, Mrs. Hamilton and Valerie, you are forever in my heart and I am here for you. I am blessed to have known this man and will take a little bit of Doug with me and apply it to everything that I do.

  170. Paige & Aedan, My heartfelt condolences go out to you during this very difficult time. Doug was a dear friend to my entire family back east in Greensboro. I was fortunate enough to play for Doug as a member of the Greensboro Kickers, a youth team that he devoted himself to while a student at UNC-G. I have so many fond memories of “H” that I will always store close to my heart- long dinners at the Malmfelt house with the “Two Mike’s”(Berticelli & Parsons), long roadtrips to out of town games (where he drove and sang every word to every Springsteen song), and of course the long practices. But what I will most remember about “H” is the desire I had to always “Play Well” for him. It was always my “personal goal” not to just put the ball in the back of the net, but rather to do something, the smallest thing, that would earn his respect and praise. And when you played for Doug you always knew when you had earned that respect because you would hear that loud validating yell–“WELL DONE SON”! I can hear it in my head now. Aedan, please know that your dad will always be watching you in spirit and echoing the same words of validation in all you accomplish. We’ll miss you “H”… Back at ya-“WELL DONE SON!

  171. Hopefully, we will all learn things from our experiences with Doug. Personally, I will cherish Doug’s passion to be the best he could be in any given moment. Whether it was playing T-ball with Aedan ,working with AEG, meeting with his staff, talking to the team, going to reserve games or winning the US Open Cup and MLS Cup Championships, Doug was honest and cared about what he was doing at that moment. After talking to people, you get almost the identical message from everyone: Doug loved his life, was passionate about everything he did, and always made people feel important. From the front office to the team, the clean-up crew to Coach Sampson, Doug made people feel good about what they were doing and you always felt like a part of something special. Doug, you have my promise that your team will approach every day with the same passion and intensity that you did. Thank you for the lessons, memories, and most of all, your passion. Rest in peace, you will be deeply missed. Humbly, LD

  172. I never knew doug, but I appreciate what he did for the advancement of soccer in the United States. He will be missed in the American Soccer world

  173. I feel honored and privileged to have known and worked for Doug. His passion, leadership & knowledge helped drive all of us. The LA Galaxy family will make sure that we make Doug proud in the coming days, months and years as we know he will be with us every day. My thoughts are with you Steve, Paige & Aeden. Chris Wode UNC Greensboro LA Galaxy

  174. Doug was the person who convinced me that I had to go to the MLS CUP in Dallas last year. I had the time of my life being with and watching my Team Win. I will be forever grateful. Most of all I was honered to call him a friend.

  175. The news of Doug Hamilton’s passing is unfortunate. As a passionate Galaxy fan I send my heart-felt sympathies to the Hamilton family. Thank you Doug for making the Galaxy champions, world renowned and an overall classy organization.

  176. Stephen, Paige Aedan and the entire Hamilton family. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I had only met Stephen in the family but from what I hear and from all these tributes he was an exceptional person. You should all be very proud of him. Having lost my brother and husband last year please do not let the memories fade. He will always be with you in your heart.

  177. It is a tragedy someone so young, that did so much for the sport of soccer can pass away this soon, I am sorry for the wife and son. Best Wishes. Adolfo perez

  178. My sincere condolences to the Hamilton family and to the Galaxy. Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying the Galaxy as a business partner and also as a fan, where my son and I attend many games. I credit Doug for helping to make our experience with the Galaxy a highlight of our father-son experience. Our good thoughts, thanks and prayers are with you.

  179. Doug coached my 1992 Duke team that went to the Final Four. In partnering with John Kerr and Coach Rennie it was a better coaching staff than any kid had a right to expect. Doug would work all day in Greensboro then trek down to Durham, an hour away, to work with us every afternoon, then go back to work more at night. It was a trip only someone who loved the game would make. It’s a trip you’d quit making unless you really cared about the players and where they might go. He was hard nosed, almost absurdly so from the perspective of a team of middle class kids mostly from the suburbs who needed to learn how to fight for something. He had played at UNC-G and wanted us to have bite like he did. He was a winner, having won the national title as a player. It was a testament to his coaching ability that we played in his image and had our best performance of my time there. Doug was my GM at Miami and gave me a chance to play, for which I will always be grateful. We turned a 3-12 start into a playoff berth. Later, after I retired, he was always available to answer my questions about what to do next and how to get there professionally. This all reflects on his talent and business acumen which I think are obvious, but it leaves out his character, which was extraordinary. As Miami GM he had all the players over to his house for his birthday party. He let us all tease him about his age and meet his family and invited us to share his personal day. I got him a terrible gift, a fish he had to feed twice every day. Two years later it was still alive. Doug cared. He cared about his players, his family and soccer. He gave more of himself than anyone else I have been around in the game. He has a wonderful family and I wish them strength in the face of their unimaginable loss. I will miss Doug tremendously. When I retired he told me if I was a real fan of the game I would buy an MLS season ticket. I will honor that by making a contribution to Doug’s ultimate team – his son Aeden.

  180. What a tragedy! As Honduran and an avid soccer fan, my heartfelt sympathy to the Hamilton family and to the players of the Galaxy team who has lost their greatest fan. The Soccer world in the USA has lost a great one!

  181. On behalf of the soccer referees in the state of Michigan, I am sorry for your loss. Doug was a model soccer person and a great loss.

  182. In the brief time I had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Doug, we, the Fonseca Family, found him to be the epitome of a gentleman, always one to have a smile and always shared plesant thoughts and wishes no matter what. We will miss him tremendously and wish him a wonderful and eternal life. We know that he will be watching all of us and wishing us the best. Doug, we miss you and may you rest in peace. Ric, Carmen, Tito & Michelle Fonseca

  183. Mr. Hamilton was an incredible league executive and a great ambassador for the sport! His passion for the game was reflected in how he respected the importance of the fans. This is a sad day for soccer fans around the world. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Hamilton family and we graciously thank you for sharing him with us.

  184. I would first like to extend my thoughts and prayers to the Hamilton family. To me Doug Hamilton was the face of the Galaxy. i had the pleasure to meet the man when the galaxy won their first championship in boston. he was there with the fans and celebrating the victory that had eluded him for so long. my family will miss Doug Hamilton. He was a great GM who cared about the Galaxy, but most of all he was a great husband and father. Hopefully the galaxy will follow in the tradition established by Mr. Doug Hamilton.

  185. I have many memories of Doug on the playing field as well as on the sidelines as a coach. I am glad that I had the opportunity to know him and be touched by his kindness and his generosity. I will always be thankful to him for giving my son the opportunity to see his first MLS game live and up close. You will be missed!!! My heart felt condolences go out to his wife and son. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. Steve Springthorpe

  186. My deepest sympathy to the Hamilton family. May you find peace and strength in the many people who care and love you. Seeing Doug’s picture brought back many childhood memories… parents driving us all over the state to play travel and HS soccer, practices at the Hazlet soccer fields and school gyms, summers spent goofing around with soccer balls ‘tied’ to our feet. Our ‘soccer family’ included Doug and the Hamilton family and I feel very lucky to have known him. Doug was blessed with many talents and having known him and reading all the kind words here, its obvious that he made the most of them in his too short life. Godspeed and thanks for the memories Doug. Jim

  187. Doug was a champion to many and an inspiration to me, always there not only for the soccer community, but made a difference in many childrens lives with cancer. Doug supported the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Childrens Cancer and was a member of our advisory board. Our prayers go out to Paige and Aedan and his brother Steve. Doug we love you and you will be missed. Thank you for all you gave to so many. God Bless You

  188. I would like to extend my condolences to the Hamilton family. My thoughts and prayers are with goes to you, and in behalf of myself and my fellow co-workers in the guest service department of Home Depot Center.


  190. Paige, Aedan, Stephen, and the entire Hamilton Family, My heart is broken with Doug’s passing. I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel to have had Doug be a part of my life. As a boss, friend, and mentor Doug gave so much to me and was a guiding light that helped me grow as a man and as a professional. I also know and saw how much he loved his family. I will always try to live up to the example he set as a husband, father, and professional. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With love, Russell

  191. Lo dire en espaol, perdon . Hace unos dias recordaba unas palabras de una hermana mia cuando mi padre se fue, “donde estaba Dios cuando papa murio?” no pude contestar poque yo tambien queria saber, pero vino a mi mente, “del polvo eres y al polvo seras devuelto” esa es la respuesta Dios estaba cumpliendo su promesa, y la va a cumplir conmigo tambien, seor y padre Dios ayudanos para entenderte por fabor, ya dale fuerza a la familia que le sobrevive al sr, Doug Hamilton su esposa he hijo y demas familia. Desde Lancaster California estamos con ustedes. Guatemalteco de nacimiento pero seguidor del galaxy por mis hijos

  192. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Mr. Hamilton’s death. My heartfelt sympathy to his family, and the people at LA Galaxy and AEG. He will be missed.

  193. In my career, there are only a handful of people I’ve known who had a supreme passion for their work and utmost integrity and talent to be enormously successful at it. Doug was respected by everyone with whom he came in contact. He always had a smile, truly loved what he did and did it exceptionally well. These qualities are what made Doug so unique. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Doug and I chatted and I asked the question, “What would we do without you?”. Those who have known him and those who have also begged the same question will likely approach future challenges with one sure fire solution…..“This is probably what Doug would do”. That is the impact Doug will have on many of us eternally as we can only hope to elevate our lives and chase our dreams with the same veracity and effectiveness as he pursued his. Doug set the example for many to follow. Although he has departed, Doug is with us in mind and spirit. Our friend and colleague will remain in our hearts, will forever be remembered and will be missed more than most can imagine. Doug obviously had tremendous love for his family. Paige, Aedan, Stephen, Mrs. Hamilton and Valerie, thank you for sharing Doug with us and for allowing us to gain from his influence over the years. May the peace of God be with you.

  194. My condolences to the Hamilton family. It is a great loss now that Mr. Hamilton is gone.I am a Galaxy fan and I will miss seeing him waiving “hi” to fans, friends and co-workers. He was such a gentleman and a winner. He will always be in our hearts.

  195. Dear Steven, I pray that you and your family may be given grace to endure the painful loss of your brother and that you be given comfort from your loving memories of him.

  196. My deapest thoughts and prayers go out to the Hamilton Family. Doug was my coach at Greensboro College and his passion for the game was unrivaled which I will never forget. Doug say hello to my DAD! With all my love and prayers!!! Mike Griffin

  197. I remember watching Doug Hamilton betting against the Chivas USA manager to whoever loses the match between Galaxy and Chivas USA they were going to wash their car. This proved to me How a down to earth person he was. He will Always remain to any true GALAXY fan as the greatest President for the club. He will be greatly missed not for his accomplishments but for his genorosity and a true person he was. God Bless him and His loving Family _ Bryan Henriquez


  199. Paige, you folks have been such loyal and dear friends to our daughter! Although we never met Doug, we want you to know that we feel pain for your loss and will keep you and Aedan in our prayers. Hope the following words I composed a few years ago will offer solace to you and Aedan and the many others who cared so deeply for Doug. CERTAINTY We cannot understand while we are here, But this one thing is certain: God was near! And in His caring, loving arms erased each tear And cared for every need and every fear. His love, which knows no bounds, Now dwells with us, to bind us up, and heal, and ease the pain; And as He gives us strength to meet each day, We shall look UP–not back–and we shall hear That this one thing is certain: God is here! And, oh, when heaven’s joys we meet to share, We’ll know for certain: God is there!

  200. Dearest Paige My most sincere condolences for you and Aedan at the great loss of such a special man for a husband & father . My thoughts of Doug are filled with such wonderful memories of a man who gave so much to his freinds,soccer community, and family. A heart that was always loyal and generous. Doug really lived out the Golden Rule and his faith in Christ was very inspiring. I feel blessed to have known Doug as a dear friend these past 20 years. Let me know if we can be of help in any way. With Love and Regards Wayne, Chris, Carmen, Kimberly, Katrina Welch

  201. Deepest condolences to the entire Hamilton Family, Doug will be missed terribly by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him over the years. I am sure that his spirit, passion and dedication will continue to be a part of the foundation in which the sport that he loved will continue to thrive. My thoughts and prayers go to his widow and son during this sad and tragic time. May Doug rest in peace.

  202. Dear Hamilton Family, Doug was a very close friend of my older brother Joe growning up in Hazlet. They played soccer together and Doug was always at our house. I was friends with his little brother Stephen, we were in the same grade. I was very sad to hear of your loss, it’s a year later and I just found out so I don’t even know if you’ll ever see this message. Doug was like another big brother to me as a kid and I remember playing soccer with him and Joe in our yard. My payers are with you all as you reach your 1 year anniversary. Respectfully, Sue DesMarais

  203. Paige and Aedan, The world has lost a great man, and the world of soccer will especially grieve for his passing. Doug gave me the opportunity as a 21-year-old college student to become the Media Relations Coordinator of the Miami Fusion and start my career. He took a chance on me and I will forever be indebted to him. At a time like this, please know that family and friends are grieving and praying with you both. With fond remembrance, Eddie and Wendy Kenny

  204. Paige, Aedan, Stephen and the Hamilton Family, I apologize for not being able to write anything that may comfort you in this time of grief. I knew “H” neither well nor for very long, but he was one of those people who had presence. He made an impact upon me with his passion and love for the game, his ability to cut through any problem and show you it wasn’t a problem, but rather an opportunity. Every now and then we are given glimpses at people who not only represent the best of what we can be, but are the best at what they do! Doug Hamilton was such a person. Doug took time out of his day to mentor and offer advice to me about what he thought I could become. I remember leaving and thinking “If Doug Hamilton thinks I can, ” I Can!”. Thank you for all that you have done to make our game better in this country and for touching the lives of so many people in such a positve and profound way. You will be missed.

  205. My condolencenses to the entire Hamilton family. Doug was someone that touched many lives, his dedication to the Galaxy and it’s fans is greatly respected and appreciated. God bless you!!

  206. Paige & Aeden, My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family during this very difficult time. I have been blessed to know both Doug and yourself at UNCG and am deeply saddened by the loss of such a terrific individual.

  207. Doug led his life and his professional life with caring. His drive will have an everlasting effect on the soccer community at large. Soccer and humanity will be missing a fine person. I’ll miss him too. He was never too busy to keep the enthusiasm going for those around him. My sincere Condolences to Paige, Aedan and Stephen and family.

  208. Dear Stephen, My deepest heartfelt condolences to you, Doug’s wife and son. I pray to God to bless all of you and to give you the comfort and strength you need to carry on.

  209. There was no one who cared more about the Los Angeles Galaxy than Doug. He was an amazing individual, manager, and first and foremost, a great father. Every time I spoke with him, he was always very genial, polite, and fan-friendly. He was a great man with great visions. He has transformed the Galaxy into true champions, and without him, they would not be where they are today. He was truly a manager for the people. The job he has done is difficult to put into words because of the great inpact on countless numbers of lives. We love you Doug, and we will miss you forever. You were an integral part of this organization for the majority of years the club has survived, and you have been an amazingly influential leader and pioneer of soccer in this country. Rest in peace.

  210. My families thoughts and prayers are with you. Doug was a great person who will be missed by many. We’re all better people for having known Doug and sharing in his life. God Bless.

  211. Paige, Aeden & the entire Hamilton family – Please accept my sincere condolences. The world has lost a great person & a pioneer in the game of soccer. It is a privelidge to be able to call him my friend & my teammate. God Bless “Stevie H”

  212. A great example of the kind of manager and man MLS needs. LA fans were fortunate to have such a great guy guiding their club, he will be dearly missed.

  213. In his life, Doug was a friend, a visionary, a mentor. In his passing, his memory serves as in inspiration to all of us to live our lives with passion and vigor. Rest in peace.

  214. Dear Paige, Aedan, Stephen, Valerie, and Aunt Jeannie: I am truly sorry for your loss with the passing of Doug. Anthony, Daddy and I offer our sincere condolences, sympathy, love and support to all of you. It is my misfortune not to have developed much of a relationship with Doug other than being a cousin. Nevertheless, I feel that I know the man, husband, father, brother, and son he was through the numerous heartfelt, articulate, and sincere tributes to him. From these beautiful passages, I know that Doug made a strong, positive impact on the community he served and those individuals fortunate enough to have made his acquaintance. In addition, I know that Doug was a very special person and that his spirit and deeds will live on through the lives that he has impacted in such a positive manner. I feel most fortunate and proud to be able to say that Douglas Hamilton was my cousin. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless You and Comfort You. Love, Patti

  215. As a relative new member to the galaxy family,Graham and I from the radio show the2gs, were very greatful to have become associated with a man who had the vision of what the Galaxy,the MLS and Family should be. He was a man among men and will be sorely missed. The message boards are full of sympathy and thoughts of his family. God bless and enjoy ‘the Galaxy in the sky. ‘Gazza the2gs.

  216. Paige, My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.Your husband was a class guy who was passionate about everything he did.He loved the game of Soccer and has been very instrumental in the growth and popularity of the game in this Country. I was fortunate to work with Doug in his days at adidas and came to respect his commitment and passion. He will truly be missed by all of those he touched.

  217. Soy Costarrisence y quiero dicir a la familia Hamilton lo mucho que me duele la perdida de una persona que ha luchado por el futbol en Estados Unidos. Mis plegarias y oraciones estan con la familia Hamilton.

  218. “Let’s go play soccer with Doug and he will take us to Yum Yum’s later”. That is the first memory of Doug as our son and daughter became attached to Doug Hamilton about 1980. What about the UNCG playoff games on Walker Ave, Bert’s summer camps, National Championship in St Louis, Greensboro College home games, mud wrestling at the coliseum, World Cup Chicago, Adidas Final 4s, and many more fond memories that have been shared by the Baxters. You were so important to soccer and youth soccer in the state and Greensboro area during the 1980s and the 90s. God bless you and thanks for all these memories. Mike, Daiquiri, Reid, Karen Baxter

  219. I send my sincerest condolences to Doug Hamilton’s family and friends on his passing. We have lost one of the true leaders of the game in this country who was in the prime of his life. My heart goes out to his wife Paige and son Aedan. God bless and keep you in this difficult time.

  220. To Paige, Aedan, and the Hamilton Family, I just want to express my deepest sympathies to your family. Doug was a big part of our UNCG family and he will be deeply missed. We were all so proud of his accomplishments over the years but were never surprised. Doug had always exhibited the drive, the determination, and the leadership to be successful in what ever endeavor he pursued. Even more so, Doug was a wonderful friend to all of us. I will always remember our years at UNCG and all the fun we had. I will remember the summer camps where Doug would light up every kid’s face with a smile with his incredible showmanship. He had such enthusiasm and passion for the game. He truly had a special way to communicate with children. I will always remember the summer getting the Mass. Boys together to watch his teams play the Revolution and celebrating a Galaxy Championship. I will cherish my last time with Doug spending time in Boston’s North End. We talked about both of our families and how important they are to us. I had never seen Doug so at ease and so happy with his life. I will always hold tight the many memories that we shared. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May God bless his soul.

  221. As a member of the professional soccer community, I just wanted to pass on my sincerest condolences to the Hamilton family and am thankful that Doug was at the helm of bringing soccer to the peak here in Los Angeles. A contribution to Aedan’s fund will be made as it’s the least that can be done to ensure his future.

  222. Doug, thanks for everything you did for the sport of soccer. On the field and off, you were always a class act. You will be missed very much. Topper

  223. As a loyal Galaxy fan, I have met and spoke with Doug a few times through out the years and he was alway gracious of the fans. He did his best to put a winning team on the field every year, and for that I thank him. We owe Doug for all the trophies, our beautiful Cathedral of soccer, and creating a winning tradition within the Galaxy organization. My sincerest thoughts go out to his family. We too feel a great loss of a great man. While he was not part of our direct family, he was part of our soccer family. He brought so much joy and passion to so many strangers, and made them all feel welcome. Thank you Dougie, you will be sincerly missed by thousands.

  224. I am still in complete shock, and though I hadn’t spoken to Doug in a few years, I shed more than a few tears today for Doug, Paige and Aedan. I am a Miami Herald sportswriter and covered Doug when he was GM of the Fusion. He was always passionate about the game, a terrific quote and a genuinely nice person who understood the business of sports. The game lost a bright mind and a terrific businessman, and Doug’s family lost a devoted husband and father. Someday Aedan will realize just how special his father was, and will carry on his legacy. Doug’s spirit will live on. Sincerely, Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald.

  225. Paige, Aedan, Stephen and the rest of the Hamilton family, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to your family at this most difficult time. I had the pleasure of working directly for “H” at the Miami Fusion and our friendship continued on afterwards while I was at the League office. Doug was a terrific boss and mentor but he was also a friend. He sincerely cared about his staff members and players on a personal level. He always made himself available to spend time with whoever needed him, no matter the circumstance. I will never forget how much his counsel and support helped me make decisions when I was at a pivotal point in my career. His confidence was definitely contagious. One of my fondest memories of Doug was just after the birth of his son, Aedan. He was so proud showing off his little bundle of joy to us at the stadium, and it was evident that something in his entire demeanor changed from that point on. He was definitely in love with his life, family and the sport he worked so hard to develop. Doug will be greatly missed, but his spirit will live on in so many lives that he touched. Stephen, I am sending you a special prayer that you find comfort and joy amidst the sorrow in knowing your time together was well spent, memorable, and meaningful. Your brother ran the race with passion and endurance, and that’s how I’ll always remember him….and that big smile. May God Bless your family with peace at this time.

  226. There are no words that I can provide at a time like this to console the Hamilton family. All I can do is keep you in my thoughts.

  227. American soccer lost a great man but the Hamilton family has lost much more. The outpouring of love and grief at his memorial only hinted at his true worth. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who knew him best and those who are grieving hardest. Luis Bueno, Tiffany Guthrie, Yvie Bueno, Kennedy Bueno

  228. Paige and Aedan, I can’t tell you how much I still hurt for you and cry for Aedan, as I’ve been sitting here doing for the past several minutes reading these wonderful notes. Even though I knew Doug from shortly after the time you started dating and was honored to be able to sing in the wedding, I never really had a chance to truly get to know ‘Doug’ until I came to stay with the three of you a few years ago and spend quality time. That’s when Doug went from being ‘my cousin’s husband’ to being Doug my friend. Knowing that he’s not there taking care of you . . . patiently letting Aedan climb all over him after a long work day . . . it just hurts my heart. With the Galaxy’s newfound high profile status, you both come to mind many times a week. I love you both. I miss Doug.

  229. Doug found a way to be both extremely professional toward Galaxy fans, but also be open and friendly. This was a quality person and the Galaxy organization has a big hole to fill. My sincerest condolences to his wife and son. May God bless you and comfort you.

  230. I was stunned to learn of Doug’s sudden passing. I immediately remembered all the fun we had growing up in Raritan Valley. I remember watching my brother and the other boys playing soccer and I remember tagging along on Indian Guide outtings! I especially remember the High Point trip. And I just remember “playing” around the neighborhood. Doug was such a happy kid and its no surprise he was so successful and packed so much life into his time here. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  231. Hamilton family, I first knew Douggie when I was just a kid and he was playing for my father at UNC-G. I still have clear memories of him, Rico and Parsons “babysitting” and wrestling my brother and I. It’s hard to believe that was 24 years ago. Doug and the rest of the guys have always been considered family to us. I also felt that he treated me the same – especially when he didn’t think twice to take me under his wing with the Miami Fusion when I was just a grad student looking for an opportunity. I’m forever thankful for him looking out for me. I’m shocked and saddened and can sympathize with your sudden loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks, Douggie, for being such a great, thoughtful friend and mentor to me.

  232. We are mere fans of all the hard work and effort Doug Hamilton put into the Galaxy and soccer in general, we know that nothing that we as fans can do other than keep Doug’s legacy alive by continuing to support soccer in the US. Our deepest condolences go out to the Hamilton family and to the Galaxy organization.

  233. Our heartfelt sympathies to Doug’s family on your tragic loss. He will be sorely missed by all of us.

  234. Dear Hamilton Family, Doug was a very close friend of my older brother Joe growning up in Hazlet. They played soccer together and Doug was always at our house. I was friends with his little brother Stephen, we were in the same grade. I was very sad to hear of your loss, it’s a year later and I just found out so I don’t even know if you’ll ever see this message. Doug was like another big brother to me as a kid and I remember playing soccer with him and Joe in our yard. My payers are with you all as you reach your 1 year anniversary. Respectfully, Sue DesMarais

  235. My deepest sympathies to Paige and Aedan, Having worked with Doug for many years, I know his passion for the game and for excellence in all that he did. He certainly led the Galaxy organization with excellence, but will be remembered most of all for his compassion and kindness toward all. He certainly understood that life does not end upon passing from this earth into God’s presence and will be experiencing the joy of eternal life even as we mourn our loss. He remarked to me after this past year’s MLS Cup Championship that spirituality permeated the whole team and its staff, and I believe that is the best possible tribute to his leadership! May he enjoy the “green pastures” of heaven as they make great soccer pitches.

  236. Our most heartfelt condolences to the Hamilton family and the Galaxy organization. American soccer lost a great person. Beyond his accomplishments for MLS and the Galaxy, Doug also worked hard and had a kind ear for the fans. Doug always acknowledged Sue and I when our paths crossed at games and was always willing to listen to what we and other fans had to say.

  237. Paige, Aedan, Stephen & Hamilton Family, Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family during this very difficult time. Our family were all blessed to know Doug while with the Galaxy and are deeply saddened by the loss of such a great person, inspiration and friend. H – I had the honor to work alongside you for about 5 years. You truly loved the Galaxy and “the beautiful game”. Your passion and competitive drive was immense, you were truly a winner in every facet of the game. Thank you for the time we shared and the lessons learned. a poem by Beryl Clemens Smith I miss the Carolina dawn and the morning’s mist in the glen. I miss the peaks of the Blue Ridge hills and the cheerful song of the wren. I miss the ocean’s wide, warm beach, when the sun comes rising again. I miss the smell of the salt-marsh cove and the sun’s red glow at day’s end. I miss the sight of dawn-shrouded deer trooping silently through the trees. I miss wood violets and jasmine, wild azaleas and pine on the breeze. I miss all the loveliness Carolina gives, but I miss much more than these… I miss the love of my friends!

  238. To the Hamilton Family, I am deeply saddened for the loss of your husband, father and son. ‘H’ was a fine man and a wonderful friend to us all. I appreciated his great sense of humor and his ability to laugh at all life had to offer. He continued to embrace all the challenges it presented. I will think of him often and with fond memories of days gone by.

  239. Thank you so much for all you have done for our team, city, and league. I feel so fortunate to have been around you and you will be greatly missed. Thank you so very much and may God be with you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to Paige, Aedan, and the rest of the Hamilton family.

  240. My thoughts and prayers are with Stephen, Paige, Aedan, Grandma, and the rest of the H family. H was a wonderful person and I feel fortunate to have known him.

  241. I am deeply saddened by Doug’s passing. Dougie was my teammate and friend while growing up and playing soccer together in NJ in the ’70’s. We met again a year ago at a DC United – LA Galaxy game. Despite the many years that had passed, his engaging personality had us like buds of old. Joking, sharing memories… In the limited time we had over breakfast the next day before the team departed – time he always seemed to make available to everybody – I was struck by his sincerity, his genuine decency and his humility. A great friend; a great person; and, a great executive and ambassador for the game. His departure has come way too early. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

  242. As a soccer writer in Greensboro, N.C. in the 1980s, I had the good fortune to meet and get to know Doug Hamilton while he was still in college. “H” was a team leader at UNC-Greensboro who went on to become a leader in so many other places: Greensboro College, adidas, Miami, Los Angeles. The soccer world has indeed lost a true friend, and one who will be missed by many. I am proud and honored to say that I knew him, and counted him as a friend. There will not be another like him. My love, prayers and condolences go out to Paige and Aeden.

  243. You brought my father & I a lot of great memories watching your team. Thanks & my thoughts are with your family.

  244. I know when I bring my son to his first G’s match in the coming years, it will be possible because of a man like Mr. Hamilton.

  245. What immediately comes to my mind when I think of Doug Hamilton are two things. First, his uncommon ability to do an incredibly difficult job with enthusiam, professionalism, and a degree of excellence that we in soccer will be so fortunate to ever see again. Yet the second thing to come to mind is just how humble, down to earth, and approachable Doug was with everyone. In this day and age, where over-inflated egos seem to grab too much of the spotlight, a person such as Doug is to be treasured. I have had the great fortune to know Doug not only as a professional, but as a friend. The many conversations we had about the Galaxy, scouting players, soccer in general, fun times had over the years, or just the good old days growing up as Jersey boys and what that meant, will be long remembered with great fondness. Paige, Aedan, Steve, and family; you were truly blessed to have had such a wonderful brother, son, husband, and father. My thoughts and prayers will be for you as you keep Doug’s memory in your hearts and minds, knowing that his spirit lives eternally, and that it will live in you forever. I’ll miss you, “H”, but I will certainly never forget you. Chris Snyder

  246. The shockwaves have been felt up here in Canada as well. Soccer has lost a friend and gained an angel. May his family find comfort and peace in knowing that Doug’s legacy was far reaching!!!

  247. I lost my breath when I read the news, and then I closed my eyes and said a prayer. The next thing was to call a friend, but I could barely spreak in coherent sentences to get the news across. A black day made sad and gray by the emptiness of the space once occupied by the shining energy of Doug. A thought to leave you with…. “I read of a man who stood to speak At the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone, From the beginning…to the end. He noted that first came her date of birth And spoke the following date with tears, But he said what mattered most of all Was the dash between those years. (1963 – 2006) For that dash represents all the time That she spent alive on earth… And now only those who loved her, Know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own; The cars…the house…the cash, What matters is how we live and love And how we spend our dash. So think about this long and hard… Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left, That can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough To consider what’s true and real, And always try to understand The way other people feel And be less quick to anger, And show appreciation more And love the people in our lives Like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect, And more often wear a smile.. Remembering that this special dash Might only last a little while. So, when your eulogy’s being read With your life’s actions to rehash… Would you be proud of the things they say About how you spent your dash?” Doug had a great dash!

  248. Coach, I want to thank you for everything you have done for me. You took a chance on a kid you only knew through a friend. I can still remember you offering me a chance to play for you at GC as one of your very first recruits as a head coach and my first words were, “Sure, but YOU will have to ask my Mom”. You convinced her somehow to send her child 700 miles away to play soccer and attend college. Two weeks later I landed in Greensboro with two suit cases in hand and no idea where I was. You became not only my coach but also a father figure and a mentor. There were so many times and so many ways you helped me. Whether it was lending me your car (not the Fiero that you wouldn’t let anyone ride with you in), finding me a place to live for the summer, or just being there to help me sort out family issues. You always lent your ear, advice and solutions. Then of course there were all the other times when you needed to… let’s just say keep me in line. Over the last couple of years we have grown apart due to distance and busy lives, but when we did see each other it was like no time had passed at all. I will miss and cherish all my times with you and will never forget them. I appreciate so much the impact you had on my life’s path. Bringing me to Greensboro allowed me to meet my wife, Rebecca while attending GC and 3 years ago we were blessed with a daughter Gabriella. Rebecca and I would like to wish Paige, Aedan, Steve and all Doug’s family our most heartfelt sympathy. Buddy LaPlante

  249. My wife and I met Doug on a number of occasions. We were struck by his kindness and genuine love for the game and its fans. Our prayers are with Doug and his family. We feel as if a part of our family is gone. Our community is a better place because of you Doug, we will deeply miss you.

  250. My heart and prayers go out to Doug’s family. We just received the news of his passing yesterday and were shocked and saddened. We were lucky enough to spend many high school and college years with Doug as a part of our family. Doug brought a smile, a joke, a song, and usually a gallon of Friendly’s ice cream to our home at any given moment. He entertained the small children to the grandparents with his lively conversation and soccer skills. Eveyone around him knew his life would be full of great things, great moments. His personality demanded it. Reading through all of the memories of Doug from so many people brings tears to my eyes to see how miraculously unchanged Doug’s personality remained. It was a gift his wonderful parents and siblings bestowed upon him. His wonderful life and allowing us to be a part of it was his gift back. My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Hamilton, Valerie, Stephen and Doug’s wife and son. May God comfort you with the memories of Doug’s smile and wonderful life. God speed, Doug! Cathy (Guijarro) Calabro

  251. My family had the pleasure of knowing Doug, Paige and Aeden, when they lived next door to us in Pasadena, while the Galaxy was playing at the Rose Bowl. They were great neighbors and friends, and my boys and Aeden became very close. Paige and Aeden, our thoughts are with you. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to help you or Aeden.

  252. Doug will always be with us in heart, mind and soul. We will all miss him but I beleive he is in a better place now, a much higher level. I am sure he is doing what he does best there. Listening, leading, contributing, and forging the way for the rest of us. I have no doubt that we will all see Doug again. God be with you, Doug. Gene Theslof and the Theslof family

  253. May God Bless the Hamilton Family and give them strengh through this difficult time,This is my prayer. And to the Fans: The reality is that We won’t see our President Doug in person anymore but,instead……… We will have AN ANGEL IN THE FIELD with our Galaxy team.

  254. Doug was always there for my husband, Eddie, and seemed to be his champion throughout his career, starting as a teenager, to adidas, to his move to Real Salt Lake. The memory I have of Doug is his warm, kind smile. Eddie’s father, George, would always give him a hard time, but Doug would always smile and laugh anyway. He was a very special person who made everyone around him feel special. Our son, Emilio, is 4 and I can’t imagine what Aedan is feeling right now knowing his father won’t be coming home. During our recent stay in LA we had the intention of getting together with Doug but never found the time. His sudden death makes me realize that “tomorrow” is never promised and to always live today as your last. Just yesterday we received a package in the mail from Doug that was sent the day he died. It was an adidas catalog that Doug worked on that featured Eddie. The note attached said he found it while cleaning his garage and that he’d see us soon. It’s nice to know that Eddie was in his thoughts in his final days. Our condolences to the Hamilton family. We are very sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Corina Pope

  255. Doug, All the way from Bermuda we feel the pain of your loss. My husband has always spoke highly of you and memories of you will always be in our thoughts. Unfortunately, I never got to meet you but I feel like I know you well because of George. Just this Christmas we were very excited about the Christmas card we received from you – yes that was a big deal. George always referred to you as ‘H’ dating back to when you went to college together with him at Greensboro NC. Although Christmas has come and gone I have put your card back up in our living room in memory of you. To Paige and Aedan our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We hope the fond memories of Doug and prayer will see you through. Take care and may God continue to bless you. George Dyer & Family

  256. Dear Paige & Aeden, Please accept our sincerest condolences on your tragic loss. Doug was a gentleman and a true professional in our industry and will be missed by all that had the good fortune to know him. To Aeden, having lost my father at a similar age I know your sadness. Please know and be rest assured that your dad has left a wonderful legacy for you and your mom. Keep him close to your heart and he will always be with you! Our deepest sympathy, Terry & Lisa Weekes

  257. As a working member of the LA area soccer media, over the years I had many conversations with Doug on any number of subjects. He knew the game well and put that knowledge to good use as the spearhead of the Galaxy. I will miss his quick smile and the way he handled himself, while still able to make tough business decisions about people he genuinely cared about. He was always willing to discuss those decisions, and won my respect because of the way he could balance the sport he loved against the realities of the business of that sport. “Are we relevant now?” Yes, Doug – we are relevant now…

  258. Dear Hamilton family and LA Galaxy, It was a great honor to have spent the last few moments of such a wonderful mans life while he was in Costa Rica last week. I feel priviledged to have met a man so respected in the soccer world of the US but maninly for being such an exeptional human being. When I picked him up at the airport in San Jose last wednesday, I seemed like it was a start to a great week starting with the game against Saprissa and the rest of the week with preseason work at the beach. Things change and God has a specific path for all of us. Doug is now in a better place and all of us that were here in Costa Rica with him, are fortunate to have shared time with him before he left us. It was a pleasure being able to serve Doug and the LA Galaxy during their trip to Costa Rica last week. “Thanks for what you have done for the team while in Costa Rica” Dougs last comments to me and unforgetable words, thursday march 9th 2006…….. Alvaro Ortiz LA Galaxy Costa Rica Coordinator

  259. Doug brought championship seasons to the Galaxy because he was a true champion in life. I grew up with four brothers … six including Dougie and Stephen. Our childhood was spent playing soccer on the side yard. I was the little sister and never brought much to the game, but Doug never excluded me. He always welcomed me with his quick, warm smile. Yes, he had that same smile when he was a kid. When he was the COOLEST High School soccer player, he still always had a kind word for me. Even when he was busy bringing championships to the Galaxy and 3-thousand miles separated our lives, he still had time to send a quick e-mail hello to check in with me and my family. That is why Doug is beloved by all that met him. He has always stayed true to himself. He welcomes the children in youth soccer, just the way he always welcomed “the kid sister”. He always had a kind word. His smile lit up the Home Depot Center for the fans. He never forgot a friend and always had time for them no matter how busy his professional life was. His success in his professional life was only outdone by his success in his family life. His wife Paige and son Aeden were the center of his galaxy. His love of soccer pales in comparison with his love for his family. Two other women were also his world. His sister Valerie, and his mom. Mrs. Hamilton, you should be so proud for giving the world such a wonderful young man. And Stephen, we all admired Doug, but you are the one who he adored. My heart breaks for all of you. Thank God He gave the world Dougie, even if his time with us was way too short. With love and sympathy, Kristin

  260. I just wanted to let the entire Hamilton family how happy doug is now in heaven. Yesterdays ceremony far weighed his life and his courage to continue to be the most dedicated man alive for the sport of soccer in the United States. May a Angel look upon you Doug, God Bless, Eric, Soccer in America Is Brighter than ever before!!!! GO DOUG GO

  261. Our hearts and prayers are with Doug’s family and friends. I have a son who plays and loves soccer and we’ve followed the Galaxy and respected the team since day one..We will always cherish the memory of Doug who so passionately loved soccer and will hold him in our hearts as we continue to watch our son play the greatest sport in the world. May God Bless and bring you comfort and strength.

  262. Rest in Peace Doug. Our thoughts and prayer’s go out to you, your family and the GALAXY! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the sport we all love. Because of you we all get to enjoy the best team in MLS. You’ve giving the altimate sacrifice. Thank you again and may God Bless you always.

  263. To the entire Hamilton Family: I’m really sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I read nearly all of the guestbook and a couple of things standout: (1) Doug was a very kind and passionate person; and (2) He always strove to do and be his best. I knew Doug back in the 80s/90s when he was involved in club soccer in Greensboro and those two attributes were also true then. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to keep in touch with Doug through the years, but it looks like he positively touched the lives of many, many people. I’ll send prayers for Doug and his family and wish them well in this difficult time. Respectfully, Mark Moore Greensboro, North Carolina

  264. My thoughts are with the Hamilton family as well as the Galaxy organization at this moment and into the future. Thanks for all Doug has given towards MLS and US Soccer. Best wishes.

  265. All of us at the U.S. Soccer Foundation were saddened by Doug’s sudden passing. He loved the game of soccer and was a great friend and supporter of the Foundation and its goal of bringing the game to young people across the country, especially those in economically disadvantaged areas. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  266. Gotas de lagrimas salieron de mis ojos al leer las noticias publicadas en la cobertura de la MLS, no lo podia creer, aun no lo entiendo, aun sigo sin comprender el p’que de todo esto. El futbol estadounidense a perdido un baluarte, un hombre, padre esposo y amigo dedicado a su profesion y a su hogar, fue como lo conocimos a Doug. Mi sentido pesame, para toda la familia Hamilton, del hombre que puso en alto, no solamente al Galaxy, si no tambien a la MLS. Dios lo tenga en su GLORIA…

  267. First and foremost my condolences go out to Doug’s Family. I’m a poet/songwriter and avid fan of the LA Galaxy. A memory of Doug that will always warm my heart is at the first Chivas USA darby. Doug was walking with someone through the concession area of The Home Depot Center for which he no doubt helped bring to fruition. When I recgonized who he was I walked up and told him how appreciative I was as a fan for his work to make the Galaxy what they are today. He with is wide smile shook my hand and thanked me for being a fan. This struck me as odd to have someone of his stature strolling about intermingling with the fans. Such gestures goes a long way and shows us that he was a rare and genuine person who with us was a true fan himself and was looking to deliver us a team that we can be delighted and proud. He shared that with us in a personal way even though it could be for a minute, he shared with the fans. Doug to me will always be seen as a pivitol figure in the clubs history. His hardwork in orchestrating the building of a home for the Galaxy, two Championships and a double sets the standards for others to follow suit. My heart like so many has been saddened. Maybe one day we can memorialize Doug properly by renaming the Home Depot Center after him. Ensuring that our children and future fans can know that the lagacy of the Galaxy as a great team was due to his passion to make it so. Sincerely, John F. Stubbs

  268. My deepest sympathies are extended to the Hamilton family. At his memorial service, I realized how large that “family” circle really was. Doug Hamilton was the kind of person who brought a personal connection to all he did. He was protective not only of Aedan, but of the Galaxy players. He worked hard not only for his team’s success, but for the good of the league as a whole. In everything, his love of the game showed through, as did his “We’re all in this together” attitude. That probably helped him stay patient with pesky reporters. He will be missed by many.

  269. Stephen and the Hamilton Family, My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hamilton Family. Growing up in NJ and playing soccer with Stephen, I was lucky enough to get to play college soccer under “H”. Doug brought me down to Greensboro and it is here I call home today. I will never forget how much of a motivator “H” was . A funny memory, 17 years later , still sticks in my mind today. During half time of one of our games, Doug singled me out. He yelled, “Vaka… couldnt guard a tree”. He knew how to get the best out of people. He took an average player and gave me the opportunity of a life time. For that I will always remember Doug.

  270. As I found out about Doug’s passing, I gave thought to my son. I had to tell him before he found out from another source. My son, Carey, and Doug had a special relationship. Carey would send regular e-mails to Doug on any player moves that he felt the team should make. Doug, as busy as he was, always took time to answer back and when at the stadium, Doug asways took the time to talk soccer with my son. For a 12 year old this was great. To talk soccer with a club president. Over the last years my son considered Doug a friend and Doug always made him feel comfortable in talking to him. It was a classy thing to do. In his busy schedule, he always took time to chat with Carey and Carey looked forward to talking or e-mailing Doug. As I told him of Dougs passing his eyes watered up and he spent rest of the day very quite and sad. You could tell that he felt he lost a friend. I can only think that if Doug was that wonderful of a person with my son, he must have been a fantastic father. The world of soccer, my family and my son have lost a very good person. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hamilton family now and always. Doug, thanks for caring!

  271. I haven’t seen Doug in almost 25 years, probably Graduation Day 1981 from good old Raritan High School in Hazlet, NJ (Right Coast)…..some people follow their dreams and make them come true….seems like Doug did! I’m saddend by his passing but will never forget the quit witted, never say die Raritan Rocket!! Peace!

  272. Though its been many years since UNC-G, I remember Doug’s everpresent smile and good nature around Hinshaw Dorm. Donna and I laughed at the memory of Dougie and George leaving half of their “pie” uneaten at Bill’s Pizza Pub, saying that we Southerners didn’t know what good pizza was! Reading the news articles and the memories of those who have signed, it is clear that Doug will be missed dearly. He truely touched many lives. To Doug’s family our sincerest and heartfelt condolences.

  273. Paige & Aeden – Doug took a chance on me many years ago with the Fusion and I am forever indebted to him. Our family will always be here for you and we know he is with Angels today in heaven. David, Nicole and Keegan

  274. I was fortunate enough to have known Doug during my high school and early college years. He was like a big brother to me; I adored everything about him. I have many wonderful memories of Doug and know that I would not be who am I today if he had not chosen to give me the time and attention that he so graciously did. As I read through these pages I remember his last piece of advice to me. We were leaving the wake of a dear friend who also died too young. Doug told me through our tears to do what you love in life and love the life that you live. I am so happy to see that he did. My condolences to all of Doug’s family. I hope that you can find some peace knowing that he was so special to so many of us.

  275. We loved Doug as a part of our family. His passing has been so difficult to deal with and he will be sorely missed. Timmy knew Doug his whole life and treated him like a brother. And when I entered the Stephens family, Doug, Paige and Aedan treated me like members of their own family. Everytime we think of the Hamiltons, we smile, proud to know such wonderful human beings. Doug touched our lives and we know he’s smiling down on all of us.

  276. Just want to say that my prayers & condolences are with Doug’s family. I will ALWAYS remember the smile on Doug’s face at the Galaxy Celebration. He will be missed. God Speed, Doug!!

  277. Doug, It just really feels sad that you’re not here anymore!Athoulgh it has been at least 6-7 years since I have seen you, I have great memories of our car rides from Greensboro to Connecticut. Dropping you off on the NJ Turnpike. I can’t remember the exit(a little NJ humor)!I didn’t know that it was possible to have that many people in a car.Or was it Roffo’s hair that was taking up so much room. Did I teach you how to drive a Stickshift? That time that you, Drew and I rode together up North and you were wearing that “Hat” only you could wear.Was it a cowboy hat or straw hat? Whatever it was you loved it!How about when you were bartending at Spring Garden Bar and Grill. You made us those fantastic Long Island Iced Teas. How about when you gave Drew the coat off your back. He still has it! I know Drew had gotten to catch up with you over the years but I feel bad that I couldn’t give you a hard time just one more time.If it weren’t for you Drew and I would never have gotten together. You will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paige and Aeden. We are so sorry!!!! Claudette,Andrew Eli,Aidan and Cooper Miller

  278. Our deepest condolences to the familie of mister Hamilton. We hope god gives you the strenght to get trough these days. I also wanted to let you know that the Iranian people loved him very much and we are very shocked about this. May Doug Hamilton rest in peace. bahare from iran.

  279. Out thoughts and prayers for Doug and his family. He will always be a very important part of the L.A. Galaxy family. He will never be forgotten. May God have him in his memory at the time of resurrection.

  280. me and my family wanted to share our condolences to the Hamilton familie and we loved him very much he was a very good person.

  281. My thoughts and prayers are with you Paige, Aedan and the entire Hamilton family. “H” made me and all that knew him a better person. I will miss him but hold my memories that I had with him close to my heart. May your Star always shine “H”.

  282. You will be deeply missed. You have been a great man for a great team and worked hard to bridge the gap between fan and management. Thank you for your hard work. May you rest comfortably in God’s hands now.

  283. Paige & Aedan, We know Doug the husband, father and friend. We certainly knew he had a successful, fulfilling career and was doing what he loved, but had no idea the scope and magnitude of it until now. That’s because Doug was first a loving, committed husband; dedicated, proud father and loyal, honest true friend. Doug loved and respected his family and friends and it was evident in his character and sincerity. We have been blessed and so very fortunate to have some of our best memories and trips with Paige, Doug and most recently Aedan. Aedan, we will always be here for you – you are family to us. Nick will always be a buddy and brother you can turn to. We will share our stories and memories of Doug with you to keep his spirit alive. Paige, you are the sister I never had. You know that I love you and am always here for you. I will be with you during the times of joy and hold your hand and hug you during the times of sorrow and grief. Your strength, support and love for Doug allowed him to pursue his passion in his career. You and Doug have been so generous and warm to us in ways we will always cherish. Paige, God has blessed you with remarkable strength and grace and will guide, protect and carry you through this. Jean, Steven & Valerie – Doug exemplified honesty, sincerity and passion. He lived in the moment with purpose and intention. He has touched so many lives in such a short time with such impact. His loss and the void left in our hearts is inconceivable now. Please know that Michael and I will do our best to honor the values that Doug had already instilled in Aedan in our ongoing care and love for him. God bless you,

  284. My heart goes out to the Hamilton family. May God give you the strength and comfort to get through this difficult time. I unfortunately did not have the chance to meet Mr. Hamilton in person but I definitely feel your loss. As a Galaxy fan, I am truly grateful for Mr. Hamilton developing such an outstanding organization. He has founded a beautiful thing here in LA and there are no words to express my appreciation for contributing to the growth of the beautiful game here in the US. Thank you Doug Hamilton for allowing me to be a part of the LA Galaxy family. With sincere condolences, Hiroko Todoroki

  285. Dear Paige, Aeden, Stephen & the entire Hamilton Family, We pray for your strength during this most difficult time. Cherish all the wonderful times you shared – for that is what will keep Doug’s memory ever-present in all your lives. We are so sorry for your loss. Gail, Thomas & Chris

  286. You took our team from a 3-time runner-up to a 2-time Champ with its own home. You bought us beers and let us harass the hell out of the other team. All of this after we wanted you fired. You were a class act, Doug. Your dedication to the Galaxy, its fans, and to the beautiful game will live on. You and your family our in my prayers.

  287. I would like on behalf of my family to express our sadness and offer condolances to the family of Mr. Doug Hamilton and also to the entire soccer community. As Iranians, we always remember and honour him for his thoughts about Iranian soccer.


  289. We are so sad for such a loss and would like to express our deepest feelings of sorrow to Hamilton family and Galaxy club. We deeply share your pain and loss. Mr. Hamilton was a symbol of grace and goodness.. God Bless his soul. Tehran/Iran

  290. My thoughts and prayers are with Doug’s family. Without minimizing their loss, it’s a big loss for US soccer. I played with Doug over 25 years ago in youth soccer in NJ, and his passion for the game, leadership, and team building abilities could be seen back then. I am proud to have known him. He will be sorely missed.

  291. I am very proud to say that I met Mr. Hamilton and that I was very happy for his contributions to the growth of the world’s sport,soccer. Mr. Hamilton was a very nice and humble person and he will be missed not only by the Galaxy fans, but by all the people that had the opportunity to meet him and speak to him about the passion and growth of soccer in the United States. American soccer has truly lost a great spokes person of the sport and will forever be remembered for what he brought to the LA Galaxy!! R.I.P

  292. Words cannot express the feelings of sadness and loss the entire community is enduring at this moment. Four years ago he put his faith in an unknown entity (me) to help him build his vision of what the Galaxy “experience” should be in their brand new home. The results speak for themselves. Doug has always pledged his support and allowed his staff to spread their wings and move on, as witnessed in Chicago, Dallas, down the HDC hall, and now in Houston. Doug truly is the patriarch of two families. Paige, Aedan, and Steven, all of our thoughts and prayers are with you from Houston. And to the large, extended family that is the Los Angeles Galaxy, your sorrow, pain, and joy is shared throughout the country. As you stated to me every single week during three glorious seasons, it is now more appros po than ever before…”I’ll be watching…” I know you will, Doug. I know you will.

  293. Doug was a great individual and a great leader. He touched everyone he knew and we are all better for that. Sincerely, Dancy Family

  294. Doug was not only a dear family friend, but also introduced me to my husband of eight years with which I have three beautiful children. I never knew about all of the awards and prestigious professional responsibilities he had over the years. I knew the attention he gave to those he loved and the time that he took to reach out. Aeden, Stephen, and Paige, stay strong and know that God is bigger than what is going on now. I feel like Doug is really going to be great at looking out for us all with his brand new connections. Call on us, Campanile Family

  295. Doug was my GM in Miami, i which his family all the best and to let them now they are in my prayers. Doug was a man that was helping to put soccer on the map and he will be greatly missed.


  297. My condolences to the Hamilton family, Doug was taken from you too early. I just wanted to say that as a Galaxy fan I respected Doug and the results he got. I know some people that had known him and met him and they all say that he was a class guy. Soccer is going to be worse without his input.

  298. He was definetly a humble, nice man. I never forget the time I talked to him in FL and found out how humble and nice he was. I feel the pain… Soccer lost a HUGE piece! A lot of people don’t know who Doug was and they will find out soon.

  299. Paige, Aedan, Stephen and the entire Hamilton Family: We were greatly shocked and saddened by the news of Doug’s passing. In his time at adidas America, he made a tremendous impact on the brand, both in the U.S. and globally, through his vision and passion for the sport of soccer. We often speak of our brand’s values – Authentic, Passionate, Innovative, Inspirational, Committed and Honest. They are just as appropriate when used to describe Doug – the man, the boss, the husband, the father, the brother and the friend. He had a great impact on so many lives here at adidas and throughout the industry. His presence will be missed, but his legacy will live on. adidas Soccer

  300. “H” you left this world too soon. You really took Greensboro College to the next level and tought me so much about the game we both loved. God bless your family and keep them well and safe. Keith

  301. I returned from LA last night, an can only say, that it was without a doubt one of the saddest days of my life as well as being one of the most touching losses I have ever experienced. I remember our smoking a cigar together after my daughter “Valerie” was born in 2001. Him answering the phone and wondering “who was calling him from area code 336” it was me telling him my son Max was born, in Greensboro of all places in 2004. Making corporate sponsorship presentations together, knocking off work a little early to play our office soccer games at Lockhart Stadium, or just going to lunch and talking about Aedan. Me announcing to a group of people at MLS Cup 2001 in Columbus, that “I’d be right back” and him saying loudly in front of everyone, “Chauncey, I’ve seen you play before and you’ll never be a right back” Doug was class and Doug was the best. Stephen, continue to stay strong for everybody. Doug, I will miss but not forget you. And to the Fusion Faithful that were not able to attend his service, it was like Doug, Class. Chauncey Jackson Jr. Former Director of Corporate Sales Miami Fusion F.C.

  302. The first time I met H he made me feel like we were old friends who just hadn’t seen each other in awhile. It was a gift he had and we are all blessed that he shared it with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Paige, Aedan, Steve and the Hamilton family.

  303. Paige and family, I am so sorry and truly saddened by Doug’s death. It is a rare opportunity to work for someone who is capable of teaching you not only about your job, but about life. Doug did both for me and I am forever indebted. Schwepp

  304. Sir, that is how I always addressed H, Thank you for your truthfullness and blatent honesty. I enjoyed the competitions and the coaching. I know there are many here in g-boro that will miss you deeply. Please look down upon us and try to tell GOD we deserve a second chance. Tony Bowen

  305. Our sympathy goes out to the Hamilton family, the Galaxy organization, and the entire soccer community. Doug always made time, even on game day when his mind was certainly on the pitch, to thank us for making the trip to support the team and always finished with a kind word about our son. After reading thru the Guestbook entries, the love, admiration, and respect that Doug received from everyone writing is a testiment to his upbringing, his family and his character. Those of us that had the opportunity to know him, even in a small way, will miss the kind words, the warm smile and the obvious love he felt for his family, team included, and the game of soccer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss.

  306. Sir, that is how I always addressed H, Thank you for your truthfullness and blatent honesty. I enjoyed the competitions and the coaching. I know there are many here in g-boro that will miss you deeply. Please look down upon us and try to tell GOD we deserve a second chance.

  307. God Bless to all the family… H- we will support yours and go forward. Always appreciated your references for jobs and the time spent on Tues. and Thurs. kicking the ball around after a tough day in the Fusion office. Paul

  308. I just heard the news and the first thing I remembered of Doug was his brilliant and heartfelt smile. I knew him from St. Benedict’s in Halzet where I and my family went to school. He had an infectious eneergy and enthusiasm, and I can’t recall a single time where he was mean to anyone. I just remember him laughing. I saw Patty Emanuelle, and John Lietz, and John Paul Linner also wrote messages. We were all touched by his wonderful spirit. The people who knew him better than me are the lucky ones. Being that there are thousands of notes here, its obvious what an impact he had in his life. He helped people become better; what better thing can you say? Best, Kelly

  309. Although I didn’t agree with some decisions he made, I have no doubt that he was passionate about his job, to make the Galaxy visible and successful and to make soccer a mainstay in the USA. For Mr. Hamilton, futbol was life. My condolences to his wife and son. My prayers go to them in coping and carrying on. Godspeed.

  310. Doug was a great man. I had the opportunity to work with him and the Galaxy during the inaugural season at the HDC. A was commensurate professional always open to new ideas. While I didn’t always agree with his decisions and certianly gave him alot of criticism on the TV and Radio about it Doug proved once again what a stand up guy he was by accepting every opportunity to come on the air and debate his decisions. Doug was a breath of fresh air at MLS and the LAG. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Nick Geber World Soccer Daily Fox Football Friday

  311. MyOn behalf of my family, our heart felt condolences to the Hamilton Family in this time of sorrow. Take solace in all of the memories, good acts, kindness and people Doug touched as his legacy will live on not only in you but all of us. I have one memory that stands out of Doug. A chance meeting on the concourse of HDC. He asked my daughter if she was a soccer play and what she played and then did the same with my then 3 year old who was at his first game. He was genuine in his excitement for them and interested in their excitement. He was a unique, personable and humble man whom everyone he touched was greatful to have met him. He was a good man. He is in a better place now looking down now on Aedan and guiding him along the path. My prayers for you all.

  312. The tears are running down my cheeks as I sit in London feeling this loss. “H” was the one that showed us all what could happen if we had dreams. He was the “maven” that connected the soccer world and will be deeply missed. Steven, Paige and Aeden our deepest condolences for one of the “good guys” that can never be replaced.

  313. Doug, I always admired your respect for and love of the game. Thank you for the example you set. The game and most importantly the people you touched will miss you dearly. Much love to you, Paige & Aedan. – Jonesy

  314. To the entire Hamilton Family, I first meet Doug while my husband, Kennan was working with adidas over a decade ago. He was not someone whom we saw often, but when we did he always made a tremendous effort to say “hi” and make sure all was well. We had made a connection with a person who on the exterior always seemed occupied or consumed in his work. In reality though, Doug really cared about the people around him. My husband and I had the sincerest respect for him and believe his work with adidas and later with the MLS contributed in many ways to the sport of soccer in America. I know he’ll be missed and I’m sure there will be a huge void in the MLS this year to fill. We will surely have Doug and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We’ll have our own moment of silence before the start of MLS 2006 and the upcoming World Cup. Stay strong and remember his legacy will live on forever. WITH OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY Allison,Kennan,Kennan Jr,Hayden and Nolan Startzell

  315. To the Hamilton Family: My dearest condolences. We have lost a great man who through adversity persevered. He took the heat from the LOYAL Galaxy fans and came out shining and showing us the way. Mr. Hamilton’s ambition led us to the Double last year and showed why LA is the Class Act of the League. A toast to a FUTBOL Fanatic named Doug Hamilton!

  316. Paige and Aedan, Doug was the most important role model I had when I was going through some very difficult years growing up. His commitment to young people and the high expectations he had of us in return helped to turn my life around. I am forever indebted to him, and my deepest condolences go to the two of you. He was truly a very special person.

  317. I just heard about your terrible loss from my friends Andrew and Claudette Miller. I went to UNC-G with Doug and met him through Andrew and Claudette. Although I did not know Doug that well my friends Andrew and Claudette did. I know that Claudette, who was my roommate in college, and Andrew, who was his teammate, are truely shocked and saddened by Doug’s passing, as am I. I have not seen Doug since our college days, but I still remember him bouncing around campus, always upbeat and smiling. I also remember him as somewhat skinny with that long curly soccer hair. I was from Connecticut at the time so the CT-NJ-NY (up north connection) was always there. I was so sorry to hear the news and wish his wife and son any comfort that they can find during this very difficult time.

  318. When I was 9 years old I was always reading about soccer, playing soccer going to Cosmos games. One of my favorate coaches in Hazlet, NJ was Mr Hamilton, Doug’s father. Every week Mr Hamilton worked us and trained us how to win. One week Mr Hamilton was not able to attend practice and Doug showed up.. I was always one who never had alot of confidence in my soccer capabilities and I will never forget this one event. I was practicing with the other teammates and some of the kids were picking on me about how tall and slow I was. Doug first told the others to “GO DO LAPS” and pulled me aside. He said to me, ” Dave you are bigger than the others and use that to your advantage and play fullback”. At the age of 9 everyone always wants to play Center or Right/Left wing. We were lucky to have Doug be our assistant coach for the rest of the season and the next two seasons. I became the first string right fullback year after year. I continued playing soccer and made JV at Raritan High School in Hazlet my Freshman year. I continued to play throughout my high school year.. I am now 35 years old and have 2 boys. Doug’s advice will always remain in my heart as I pass this fantastic advice to my oldest son as he starts his soccer career… My thoughts and Prayers are with you The Ciccone’s David, Lisa, Jacob and Alexander

  319. My deepest condolences to your family. I worked under Doug as the Communications Director the final year of the Miami Fusion. It was truly an honor to work for a man like Doug. I don’t know anyone that didn’t like him. He was straightforward and kind. He’d let you know if he was upset or disappointed, but he also complemented you when things were good. My heart goes out to Paige and Aeden. My brother passed away just two years ago, and no words can make me feel any better; only the thought that he is in a good place makes it bearable. I know Doug is in a good place. Sincerely, Leo Sarmiento

  320. I am a loyal L.A. Galaxy fan and have been a Season Ticket Holder since the 2003 Inaugural Season at the Home Depot Center. My first (and only) encounter with Mr. Hamilton was as I picked up my season tickets in that inaugural season. He was there helping his staff handout the ticket packages to all of the Season Ticket Holders. As he handed me my season ticket package I said, “You must be the hardest working GM (General Manager) in MLS.” He just smiled from ear to ear. Four years later, I can confirm from my Galaxy experiences that he was indeed the hardest working GM in the league. My deepest sympathies to his wife and son, his immediate family, his extended family, his U.S. soccer family, and his soccer family across the globe. We have lost a true leader and visionary of our sport.

  321. Every game I attend at the Home Depot Center will give me the opportunity to remember Doug Hamilton. His leadership and vision made this stadium possible, and gave us Galaxy fans a Cathedral to cheer on our championship team. Bless the Hamilton family and the Galaxy orginization.

  322. Con todo el dolor de padre,dirigente deportivo y el ganador de 2 titulos del Galaxy.A su memoria y en la eternidad que descanse en Paz, resignacion a tus familiares.Que descanses en Paz Dough. Te extranaremos por siempre Hasta Pronto.

  323. Doug, From playing together in NJ w/the Wall Atoms, heading south to NC and UNC Greensboro…..watching you coach GC to the national finals, helping Duke & Rennie to the final four, our dinner together the night before you departed for adidas with Tommy K (do they know I have only a degree in physical education…lol), a great ’94 world cup and also ’98 France…, how you did what you did in Miami, and then to top it off with the Home Depot Center & the Championship Galaxy……. has it been 25+ years?? The time, conversations & mentoring you unselfishly gave to myself, rico, Flea….and others…we’ll never forget! We’ll all miss hearing you voice! It won’t be the same without you… Peace and blessings to Paige, Stephen, Aedan, Mrs. H and the family. May God keep you safe… “Ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death; I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me…..”

  324. Como miembro de la familia del football deseo expresar mis mas sentidas condolencias a la familia Hamilton y al Club Galaxy por la irreparable perdida del gran hombre que se transforma de luz y guia de nuestro deporte, en figura inolvidable e inspiracion para los amantes del balompie en este pais. Que descanse en paz, que DIOS lo tenga junto a EL, y a su familia guarde en la palma de SU mano. Respetuosamente.

  325. Mi mas sincero pesame para la familia de Doug Hamilton, en especial para su Esposa y su hijo, en este momento de inmesa tristeza me uno a su pena y dolor por la perdida de un gran hombre con el cual tuve la oportunidad de convivir en las ultimas temporadas del galaxy, Doug we gonna miss you pero siempre viviras en nuestro recuerdo. Sinceramente Troy Santiago voz en espanol de los angeles galaxy

  326. What a terrible loss to the Galaxy and soccer in America. Doug had taken the Galaxy to new heights and always listened to the fans. I had talked to him about the team several times and he always responed. I feel like he was a very valuable part of soccer in America as well and we will miss his hard work and dedication to the sport.

  327. I first met Doug as a season ticket holder in Miami, and instantly enjoyed his openness, approachability, and the many good conversations we had. He really impressed me a few years later when he recognized me in the crowd – attending a Galaxy game in Dallas – and sat with me most of the match reminiscing about the Fusion. Well, I was never able to take Doug up on his invite to come out to LA, but I will remember Doug forever and cherish his contribution and passion for the beautiful game. The world lost a great man, and my condolences go out to his family.

  328. My deepest heartfelt condolences to the family of Doug Hamiltion.Even thou I met Doug two years ago,and being a soccer agent,from the very first contact with I saw the passion that he had for the game ,and the persuit of excellence.He allowed cdssoccer to put our first player in mls on his team ,which won the cup last year.I just recently spoke with Doug,and I told him to slow down,he told there is no such thing for him,I truly beleive that in his short life,when the lord came to take him from us,Doug accomplished his goals and dreams and will set an example for American soccer to grow,he at his young age was the Vince Lombardi of soccer.Now Doug your son will always have an example and your wife will never let him forget of you,so Doug some day when its my turn please welcome me to your field and team up there with you,regards Howie Goldberg cdssoccer

  329. Dearest Paige, our family is broken hearted over your loss. We support your family in prayer. We got the call Friday and were devastated. Thankfully you have been able to make arrangements. We will be in contact with all of you today. God is carrying you through and will never leave you. He is our strength. Remember Psalms 91. We are here for you. Our love and strength are with you. Lovingly, Nancy and Jack Horner

  330. I was saddened to hear news of Mr. Hamilton passing. Hamilton was a good friend to Iran soccer team. God Bless to his wife Paige and his son Aedan.

  331. From a Galaxy season ticket holder,I will always remember being at the HDC talking with Doug about our Galaxy. If i crossed him he would take a minute or two with all the little updates of the week about the team or if he had no time he gave me a wink and say how are you!. A simple moment that i will always remember each saturday when i go cheer the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. My simpathy to Paige,Aedan and the Hamiton Family.

  332. When I attended my first training camp with UNCG in 1986, all the returning players raved about this fellow called ‘H’, that had led the team to another championship the previous Fall. I never played with Doug, but his legacy as an outstanding player, a great leader, and a good friend was ever present during my time at UNCG. Doug owed this Canadian kid nothing, but Doug was always willing to share his experience, offer advice, or just have a friendly chat. Iam proud to have called ‘H’ a friend. My condolences to the entire family.

  333. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Hamilton. As a community development intern for the L.A. Galaxy these past two seasons, Mr. Hamilton would always go out of his way to say hello and lend a helping hand. May God protect you and watch over your family. We will miss your leadership and friendship. God Bless. Love, Respect and Appreciation.

  334. I was sitting in the doctor’s office this week reading Sports Illustrated and read Doug’s obituary. At first I thought it must be a different Doug Hamilton as I lost touch with Doug over the years after High School and sporadic meetings during college. That evening I received a call from Cathy Calabro who confirmed that it was indeed Doug that had passed. I was truly saddened by the news. I played travel soccer and high school ball with Doug. My recollections of him was that he was a true leader. As captain of our high school team he always encouraged his teammates and always had a positive attitude. He certainly touched my life. It is clear that he carried these traits throughout his life. It is good to see that he had the same impact on many other of our teammates from Hazlet and Raritan High soccer. My deepest condolences go out to the entire Hamilton family.

  335. always a big fan of him i am a coach my self for my sons team and he inspired me to coach i came to all but 1 game the mls cup luckily they 1 good luck to the family he’ll be watchin over the galaxy

  336. I was fortunate enough to have been with the Galaxy before Dougs tenure. To see the stability and professionalism he brought to the position was incredible. Without him guiding the ship I don’t see how Home Depot Center, the many trophies and international respect the Galaxy now enjoy could have ever happened.He made it a point always be there with a smile and hello every game, regardless how busy he may have been. Most importantly you knew he was great father. He always had Aeden on his shoulders or in his arms laughing and smiling. I guess God has a big project going and needed the right man for the job, he picked the right man

  337. Doug Hamilton, The man had vision, he wanted to see the MLS the galaxy and chivas bring the game to the African american communities around the area, not just the south central los angeles inter cities. I hopes AEG and The Galaxy And CD Chivas find away to bring the game home.

  338. doug was always there when no1 else was for me my best wishes go out to the hamilton family and galaxy orginization

  339. I have been a Galaxy season ticket holder for several years and have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hamilton on several occasions. There will always be a couple of particular moments I will recall with fondness from my encounters with him. The MLS ALLSTARS had just beaten Chivas of Guadalajara and I ran into Mr Hamilton (who was carrying his child) leaving the front office box seats. I commented to Mr. Hamilton how I was impressed by the level of play and convinction by the MLS squad(and the great result a 2-0 victory!). Mr Hamilton smiled and responded…”these players are professionals and they also understand the responsibilty they undertake in promoting the league.” Last season when Chivas USA arrived at the HDC,I ran into Mr. Hamilton again while I was paying my balance in great anticipation of the 2005 season. I asked him about the appointment of Steve Sampson and more specifically the issues of Chivas USA. Mr. Hamilton handle my questions and concerns about the squad with great interest and care. He never gave me a canned marketing answer and told me that the players, coaches and himself took this rivalry very seriously. In a short time I will become a father for the first time; The passing of Doug Hamilton has truly made me reflect because he was such a classy individual. MLS may have lost a leader,visonary and great executive. But in the end…I feel more for the family…the game comes and goes. The family is what is most important. My deepest condolscences,thoughts and prayers to the Hamilton Family. Que Dios les Bendiga, George Prida

  340. As the General Manager of the Rose Bowl I knew Doug very well, due to the Galaxy playing in our stadium for several years. I considered him a good friend. Doug brought to the Galaxy the type of passion, professionalism and leadership it badly needed to become a champion. Knowing Doug meant recognizing he was a winner, and he made those around him better. He often spoke of his family, and I pray for them as they have lost a great man. I feel blessed to have had Doug Hamilton as a friend and will never forget him. Darryl Dunn Pasadena

  341. Paige, Aeden and family, I had the greatest fortune to co-captain UNCG to the national title, with “H”, in 1985. He was the leader. We all had so many good times and he was such a great friend. My God how we laughed! What a funny, witty man. He did a great”you look marvelous!” and “it’s better to look good than to feel good” SNL Fernando Lamas impersonation. back in the day.. “H” was there for me in one of my darkest times, a true friend. The world is a lesser place without him and he’ll be terribly missed by many. I miss him. I toast to him. I will always remember him. Love, Kevin.

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