Lemuel “Rif” Erik Hamilton, 45, of New Haven, departed this life on November 30, 2021.

Lemuel was born in New Haven, CT on February 10, 1976, the son of Diane Hamilton-Toles.

He was a self-employed Artist.

In addition to his mother, he leaves to cherish loving memories, a daughter, Corena Hamilton; two stepdaughters, Daisy and Alicia Braddy; his grandchildren, Lemuel E. Hamilton, III and Madison Braddy; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by a son, Lemuel E. Hamilton, Jr.; and a grandson, Cayden Blakes.

A celebration of Lemuel’s life and legacy will be held Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. at Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St., New Haven. A viewing will be held from 10:00-11:00 A.M. The burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.