NEW MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The death of a New Milford man in a motorcycle crash is touching the hearts of many in that community.
66-year-old Alexander Hamilton was on his motorcycle when he crashed into a van on Still River Thursday. The crash was a few miles away from the Windmill Diner, where Hamilton worked for over 30 years.
Locals say Hamilton always had a smile on his face.
“He used to dress up as Santa Claus in the winter time and ride up and down on his motorcycle and wave to everybody,” said diner owner Steve Rountos.
Hamilton made everyone feel special. Angelo Rountos says Hamilton was a favorite among customers.
“He knew every customer that would walk invite name especially the little kids would love him.”
“He used to make his own vests,” Steve Rountos said. “We would talk about his vest — ‘what kind did you make today.’ He would always find antique pins.”
Workers say the Windmill Diner will never be the same.
“I’m shocked, I can’t believe he’s gone,” waitress Alice Benedict said. “I wait until 2:30 in the afternoon for him to walk in the door.”
Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.