Jim Hamilton

02-Feb-1949 - 07-Nov-2019

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In Loving Memory


James (Jim) Joseph Hamilton
February 2, 1949-November 7, 2019

Suddenly and unexpectedly due to complications from his long standing, complex heart condition.
Jim will be sadly missed and remembered with enormous love by his wife Anne-Marie, son Jeffrey, daughter Claire (Rob) and their boys Zachary and Joshua, and daughter Erin and her son James. Jim’s brother Jack (Anne) held a very special place in Jim’s heart and he greatly cherished their time together playing music, just hanging out and sharing their crazy, off-beat sense of humour. Jim was pre-deceased by his loving parents Doris and Roy Hamilton. He will be sadly missed by his Uncle Dennis Tugwood, cousins Dave (Hilary) and Brian (Linh)Tugwood and their families; his American cousins Bob and Gerald Barlow and their families; Jan Moon, Aunt Marge and Jim King. Jim will also be sorely missed by Anne-Marie’s family, Pat (Larry), John (Heather) Christopher (Susan), Peter (Christine), Gregory (Patti) and Mark (Lyn) and all their children.

In addition to his family, Jim’s great loves were music, photography, motorcycles and engaging with people and their lives. He was a teacher at heart and managed to turn most interactions into a “Jim-style teaching moment”. His 20 year career as a high school teacher at Timothy Eaton Business and Technical Institute, eventually as Director of Technical Studies, was a labour of love. Although cut short by heart disease, his natural inclination to teach and mentor remained. Our family has been truly touched by the outpouring of affection by his many former students.

Let it be said, Jim was a character. A self-described “Pagan Vegan Poet with Buddhist Inclinations”. He was a fixer and could “MacGuyver” almost any broken appliance or toy back to life. He played one or more of his guitars most every day. He endured deteriorating health and chronic pain with grace and good humour, intent on helping others, giving them a reason to smile, and living life as fully as that body would allow. His world view was broad and inclusive by nature. Despite all setbacks he loved life.

The outstanding cardiac medical and surgical healthcare teams at UHN Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre are second to none. Without exception staff provided Jim with excellent care and were unfailingly kind, patient and respectful over many years. The list of thank yous is long but a special mention must be made of Marni Rodger and Rob Bertelink whose day to day support and friendship was invaluable to Jim.

A final thank you to all the paramedics, firemen and police who worked so hard to save Jim’s life and were so kind, thoughtful and professional with our family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to:

the Toronto General and Western Foundation with funds directed to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre or the Toronto Rehab Foundation with funds directed to Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program.

The Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit charity that provides emergency relief services to the Canadian music community in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties. Unisonfund.ca

Funeral Details

  • Memorial Visitation

    McDougall & Brown Funeral Home Scarborough Chapel

    Event Times:

    15-Nov-2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    15-Nov-2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Celebration of Life

    McDougall & Brown Funeral Home Scarborough Chapel

    Event Times:

    16-Nov-2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Tribute

    McDougall & Brown Funeral Home Scarborough Chapel

    Event Times:

    16-Nov-2019 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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Posted by Paul Spaulding | 29-Mar-2022


Hey anne marie,I know it is 2 years and a bit.but not a day goes by and i dont talk of your late husband,the way he was,i was always around late mr Hamilton and one day if you recall, in front of his photo class,Timothy Eaton. He introduced you to me,1991,you two joked about the bob Marley concert ,maple leaf gardens. Mr Hamilton said paul, this is my sweetheart anne marie, he said dear do you recall at the concert ,we looked to the left and rastas,we look to the right and what we see rastas,right honey ,you smiled while he put his arm around you. saying paul did not believe me,you said its true laughing,he said see yout, as he would jokingly call me,then he said I like alot of people ,but Paul is one of my favorites. every day after school ,he will come into my class and I'll play bob Marley and other music too .we as well reasoned about many topics.there is so much things I have told my grandmother and mother about mr Hamilton, that's it's so vast, he was there for me during some of my most difficult times. in Timothy eaton and he would always take up for me ,I refused to play for black history, angry of blacks negativity. He said Paul mr norris and I are depending on you.only you play reggae.i know you paul ,your good . Mr Hamilton, puts me in the Scarborough mirror, what a good man.. .anne marie,he lives in me I still shed tears,thank you .for sharing him with me.i have never seen a tech teacher as this .so amazing, so informed, one love ,paul spaulding.

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Posted by Kelly MacRae | 21-Nov-2019


Jim was one of my favourite people in the whole wide world. He was the most genuine person that I have ever met. He never tried to be someone he wasn’t. In spite of his physical challenges, he always had time to listen to others and show support. He really care about others. And, he did this with his wonderful sense of humour and was able to laugh at himself and his predicaments. He was one of a kind. I am very grateful for all of the conversations I had with him over the past 42 years.

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