On Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, Kerry Kathleen Hamill, 40, and Grayson Luc Pellegrino, 3 ½, died tragically in a motor vehicle accident in Bedford, New York. They resided in Lee at the time of their deaths. Kerry’s wife, Lauren Pellegrino, survived the crash with multiple injuries.
Kerry was born March 11, 1977, in Stewart Manor, Long Island, New York. Her parents are Daniel and Catherine Hamill of Stewart Manor. Kerry was the youngest of four amazing siblings: Danny, Christine and Jackie and their spouses. She was loved by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Her nieces and nephews brought her such joy.
Lauren and Kerry celebrated their great love with marriage vows June 7, 2008, at the Pellegrino family home in West Stockbridge. They would have celebrated their 10-year anniversary this June. The light of their lives, Grayson Luc, was born May 17, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center, creating a loving family life centered around their love for their precious son.
Loving grandparents to Grayson Luc are Catherine and Daniel Hamill of Long Island and Patricia and Franco Pellegrino of West Stockbridge.
Kerry attended Hofstra University on a full women’s basketball scholarship and played for Adelphi University while working toward her five-year master’s degree. She graduated with her master’s degree in health education in 2000. She also earned a certificate from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and worked as a pastry chef for Del Posto and the Ritz-Carlton, both in Manhattan. After they moved to the Berkshires, Kerry was employed at several local industries, including Berkshire Mountain Bakery, before becoming a member of the Bard College at Simon’s Rock community, where she worked for the past three years at Kilpatrick Athletic Center as front desk manager before transferring to the registrar’s office where she was associate registrar. Kerry truly valued being a part of this team.
Grayson was enrolled as a preschool student at St. Paul’s Children’s Center in Stockbridge. He loved his teachers and classmates and looked forward to school every day. Grayson loved classical music, and playing instruments including his drums, guitar and horns. He loved being outside in nature. Some favorite family activities were hiking, swimming, sports and spending time with his Grammie, Poppy, Grandma, PopPop, aunts, uncles and his special cousins. Grayson loved books: “Let’s cuddle and read…!” He was a kind little boy whose life was rich and full, giving to others as much love as he received from those who knew him.
Calling hours for Kerry and Grayson will be held Friday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. A combined service for the celebration of Kerry and Grayson, mother and son, will be held at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the McConnell Theater. Donations in memory of Kerry and Grayson may be made to the Kerry and Grayson Memorial Fund c/o FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. These donations will be used for educational scholarships as well as sharing Grayson’s love of books with local libraries, as he loved visiting them each week. To send remembrances to the family, visit https://www.finnertyandstevens.com.
The Pellegrino Family, Lauren, Pat & Franco and the Hamill Family, Daniel & Catherine would like to sincerely thank their families, friends, acquaintances, our work families of: BCC, Simon’s Rock, PDC, our Atwood friends/neighbors, “The Deli Lives” family, as well as our amazing community, for the loving and caring support they’ve given to us during this sad time. Your strength and love of Kerry and our precious Grayson have helped us to move through the loss of them, to a place where we can honor their too-brief time with us. Thank you from our hearts….