Gary Hamilton aged 76 of Campbell River passed away suddenly on February 19, 2014 with his family at his side.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 51 years Barbara and his two sons David (Liza) of Port McNeill and Mike (Dawn) of Campbell River along with his grandchildren Derian and Sidney. He also leaves a sister Betty Kuhn (Chuck) of Kelowna and their children Susan and Steve and families as well as other cousins, nieces and nephews.
Gary was born in Calgary but grew up in the island coal mining town of Bevan. He worked in Ocean Falls and early on in Campbell River but the majority of his working life was spent in the North Island town of Port McNeill a place he loved because of its proximity to nature and lack of crowds.
Gary grew up with a love for sports especially fastball and soccer and later enjoyed watching his sons and grandchildren take part in their games. He was a lifelong trout fisherman and if you knew his spots, you knew where to find him.
After his retirement Gary returned to Campbell River where his days usually started with morning coffee sessions with friends followed by projects in his woodworking shop, fishing trips to Upper Campbell Lake or whatever jobs needed doing around his or his families houses.
He took exceptional pride in the lives and accomplishments of his grandchildren and never missed a chance to attend their events or travel a couple hours just to have lunch and a chat.
Gary had a unique ability to form friendships with different types of people of all ages. He was an extremely loyal person who people could turn to when they needed a hand or someone to talk with.
The family would like to thank Dr. Grace and the emergency room staff at the Campbell River Hospital for their efforts and compassion.
By Gary’s request there will not be a formal service.