In Memory of



Obituary for Michael Hamer

The Dedication

I find peace knowing you have served your purpose on Earth. God has given you your wings and I know you are resting well in the universe, as the “Rainbow Warrior” you are. As a husband, you have fulfilled every obligation, every duty, every task to make me happy, safe, and secure. As a father, the unconditional love, support, teachings, and life lessons will forever be imprinted in the hearts and souls of your children. There was never a mission too impossible for you, not even your health. You handled all tasks, obstacles, and even adversity better than anyone I have known. Your presence made the last 30 years of my life the best! I vowed to love you in sickness and in health, until death do us part…and I did just that! Rest well my “Rainbow Warrior”. MY LOVE.

The Farewell Epilogue

In loving memory of Michael “Juicy” aka “The Rainbow Warrior” Hamer, our hearts are heavy as we bid farewell to a truly phenomenal soul. On November 1, 2023, at his home in Orlando, Florida, Michael left us, succumbing to serious health complications. His departure has left an irreplaceable void in our lives.

Born on March 21, 1955, in Gary, Indiana, Michael was the cherised son of the late Willie and Classie Hamer.

In life, he experienced the pain of losing six siblings: William, Tom, Joseph, Charles, Virginia, and Eudeen, as well as his brother/nephew, Robert Earl. Yet, amidst these sorrows, Michael’s invincible spirit shone through.

From a young age, it was clear that Michael possessed a profound love for animals, birds, fish, and the natural world. He possessed a unique gift for finding wounded creatures, both animal and human, and through his tender care and unwavering determination, he nurtured them back to health. With a voice that soared in the choir, a heart that embraced the principles of scouting, and a passion for football, Michael’s journey was one of diverse experiences and endless compassion.

In 1974, Mike answered the call to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Navy. Following his military service, he worked as a laborer at U. S. Steel and Inland Steel, in Gary, Indiana before ultimately finding his calling as a licensed barber in Florida.

With a steadfast commitment to uplifting the Black community, Mike dedicated over three decades of his life to cutting hair in Orlando’s Washington Shores neighborhood. His retirement from the barbering world on October 21, 2023, marked the end of a remarkable era.

Michael’s greatest joy in life came from his family. He treasured his role as a father to Orrin, Amber, and Jaylon, and reveled in the joy of being a grandfather to Makiyah, McKenzie, Leon, Ava, O’Ryan, Peace, and O’Shea. Since June 1, 1996, he had been the devoted husband of Veronica, and together, they navigated the challenges of his health battles with uncompromising strength and unity.

But Michael was more than just a person, he was a tapestry of love, pain, knowledge, and wisdom. His life was a design beyond compare, composed of countless small fragments that together formed a breathtaking mosaic. Individually, each piece told a story, but collectively they painted a portrait that will forever be etched in our memories.

Michael leaves behind a legacy of love and resilience. In addition to his beloved wife, Veronica, he is survived by his firstborn, Orrin Michael (Brittany) Hamer, his daughter, Amber Hamer-Colquitt, and his youngest child, Jaylon Michael (Shannon) Hamer, all residing in Orlando, Florida. He is also mourned by his seven adoring grandchildren, a brother, Willie Earl Hamer, of Orlando, Florida, two sisters, Barbara J. Robinson, of Gary, Indiana, and Carmen Maria Hamer, of Winter Park, Florida, as well as his brother- in-law, Reuben (Elois) Harris, of Conyers, Georgia. The impact of Mike’s life extends beyond immediate family, as he forged countless meaningful relationships with nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Among these cherished connections were childhood friends Jeff Cody, Thomas Knight, Keith Wash, and Steve Mays, all of Gary, Indiana, and local friends Mike Kirlew and Alex Smith. Rarely did anyone encounter Mike without being touched by his warmth and ability to make others feel valued and special. His absence leaves a gap that can never be filled. As we reflect on the vibrant life of Michael Hamer, we are reminded that his legacy will never fade. His unique ability to connect with people, to truly understand them, and to make each person feel significant and appreciated was a gift that illuminated our lives. He was our “Rainbow Warrior” , a beacon of light and love. Though he has left this world, his impact will continue to ripple through the lives he touched. May his soul find eternal peace, and may we carry his memory with us always.

Mike was the author of his own life story. Each twist and turn was his choice. He was the main character who made this life-story, a BESTSELLER!

Mike's arrangements are in the caring guidance of Winter Oak Funeral Home and Cremations,
1132 E. Plant St. Winter Garden, FL 34787.