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Michael Todd Hamrick

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Michael Todd Hamrick

Place of birth: Canton, GA

Michael Todd Hamrick was born June 10, 1973 in Canton, Georgia. Known by all as “Todd”, Michael Todd Hamrick was the last child and son of the late JoAnn Reinhardt Hamrick and William Franklin Hamrick and the brother of the late Terri Hamrick Lamanac and the late Scott T. Hamrick.

Todd was a graduate of Cherokee High School class of 1992, where he was a member of the Cherokee H.S. Warriors’ marching band. After high school, Todd immediately left Canton, Georgia and headed directly to New York City to begin his education and career in the Fashion and Beauty industries. In 1997, Todd graduated New York City’s renowned Learning Institute for the Beauty Sciences. That same year Todd accepted a position as a private stylist at the Salon Amici. After 7 years as a Salon Amici stylist, Todd completely changed industries , and spent the final 14 years of his career as a most successful technology recruiting consultant for the Benx Corporation.

Todd was a memorable figure in New York City’s LGBT night life and social circles. His stage characterizations of “Terminator ZERO: Michelle vs. Carla” and “Jenny, The Saran Wrap Icicle Queen”, after all these years, still resonate within those who saw Todd perform. And, of course, at every summer’s New York City PRIDE parade, just like he had since his high school days, Todd was a visible marching leader in the parade – never missing a step the entire route down Fifth Ave. all the way to Christopher Street (see ).

Todd is survived by Ben D. Cotton III, his partner of 21 years. Ben and Todd’s partnership was a love for the ages.

Todd is also survived by his father, William Frank Hamrick, his nephew Christoper Lamanac, and his aunt Janice Hamrick.

Todd was a huge fan of Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar) old movies (Joan Crawford, Bette Davis), classic house, soul, country, and pop music (Junior Vasquez, KLF, Diana Ross, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Waylon and Willie, Loretta Lynn, Madonna, Lady Gaga).

A private burial service has been planned.

A fully open memorial service celebrating Todd’s life is scheduled 6pm FRIDAY April 17 2015 – 12.01am SATURDAY April 18 2015 at

The Bunker
52 Barrow St. #1W
Greenwich Village
New York City, NY 10014

This “Ides of March” memorial service’s musical theme song (and one of Todd’s favorites) will be Diana Ross “Remember Me (as a good thing)”

3 Responses

  • Eric C On

    Remembrance of Things Past..

    Todd and I were close friends for a couple of years back in the mid-90's but sort of lost touch with each other. I was just thinking about him and discovered this memorial. I am very sad at this news and I hope his last days were peaceful. Will keep him in my prayers.

  • William Barnes On

    My Friend, My Driving Force and My Family!

    Todd and I became friends back in 2008 at time where I really needed one... Really not knowing much about me he saw a person in pain and decided to invite me on a weekend get away that turned out to be one of the most memorable weekends of my life... I moved back to Florida with my partner in 2009 and in 2013 Todd and Ben got in touch with me and subsequently found out that my partner of almost 23 years pasted of a sudden heart attack and immediately Todd and Ben rushed me to NYC for the painful healing not knowing that I was so disconnected from happiness and love... See I tell you this because this is where Todd became my Driving Force in life... I really wasn't at that time able to be nice to anyone.. I was jaded and bitter from my partners death but Todd showed me while facing his own uncertain future how to be that hospitable southerner that I grew up as...b He called it " Proper Southern." From there he taught me to love again no matter what!!! My Driving Force!!! In the midst of all this I lost family members on my partners side because I was not grieving the way they thought I should and have gained a new family in the process... Todd, Ben and many more have now become my family simply because Todd saw a confused and frightened soul back in 2008... I will never be able to express to Todd how much of a difference he made in my life nor will I ever be able to live up to that high standard of southern hospitality he showed me however like he taught me, I will never stop striding for it... My Friend, My Driving Force and My Family... Thank You Todd, Wil

  • Jenna Farmer On

    A true friend will be missed

    Todd was my very best friend when he came to Greenville for his sophmore year in high school. It was to short a time to spend with such a great person... Todd you will be missed terribly but I will keep your spirit and life alive in my heart. My heart goes out to you Ben. Although we had never met, Todd always spoke so highly of you.


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