HAMILTON, Neville Stanley
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Thursday, June 27, 2013 from complications related to asbestosis. Neville was 74. Born in Montreal, Neville grew up in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and is predeceased by parents Stanley and Amelia (Millar) and by siblings John (Peggy Stonehouse, Becky Langholz) and Margaret (Doug Macdonald). Neville will be profoundly missed by many family and friends: older sister Ruth (Roil Hatcher); Susan Ford, wife, best friend and travelling companion for 25 years; children Joe (Deanna Bowlby) of Toronto, Susan (Puy Nung Choy) of Montreal, and Jessica (Jay Rayner) of Kingston; stepchildren Adrian Doughty (Melissa Knowlton), Montreal and Alyson Doughty (Elsie Abdallah), Montreal. Neville was the proud grandpa of Sam and Amelia Rayner, Ayo Hamilton- Choy, Logan and Lukus Doughty and Evander Doughty. He will also be missed by Roberta Hamilton (Geoff Smith), Kingston. Neville was a friend of Bill W. and a Charter Member of Greybeards.
A graduate of Carleton University, Neville began his career as a journalist, first with the Sherbrooke Daily Record, then the Montreal bureau of the Canadian Press and the Ottawa Journal.
In 1967 Neville left the Ottawa Journal to work for the labour movement. He held various positions including Director of Information for the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers in Montreal, Director of Public Relations for the United PaperWorkers International Union, and Executive Assistant to the president and Director of Public Relations for the Canadian Paperworkers Union before moving to the Canadian Labour Congress as Executive Assistant to the President. In 1986 he went to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as Communications Director for Canada, from which he retired in 2004.
Neville was an active member of the New Democratic Party for over 40 years. He worked on the front lines of many provincial and federal elections, as well as providing support and media liaison to the leadership campaigns of Ed Broadbent, Alexa McDonough and the late Jack Layton.
Diagnosed with asbestosis in 2007, Neville refused to let it interfere with his love of life. He challenged health providers to find ways to allow him to stay active, and with portable oxygen in a backpack he was able to downhill ski and cycle until 2011. He produced his renowned gourmet dinners until well into 2012 and pursued his passion for photography to the end, focusing the lens on his beautiful grandchildren as travelling became impossible.
The family extends deep appreciation to the many health care providers who have helped us throughout this difficult journey, in particular: Respirologist Dr. Gonzalo Alvarez and his team at the Ottawa Hospital; Family Practitioner Dr. Patrick Blake and Cardiologist Dr. Sandeev Chander; Chiropractor Mark DeGruchy and RMT Jeff King; Kathy, Michel and Nelson - staff at Vitalaire; Ian and Cody at Motion Specialties; the wonderful PSWs and nurses from WeCare, especially Akofa and Audrey. Volunteers from Friends of Hospice provided invaluable assistance both to Neville and to Susan. Special thanks to Drs. Bill Splinter and Louise Coulombe of the Community Palliative Care Team and to the wonderful neighbours of Ramsgate Private.
Friends may pay respects at
Capital Memorial Chapel & Visitation Centre
3700 Prince of Wales Dr., Ottawa, 613-692-1211
on Thursday, July 4, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until time of Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ontario Lung Association, the Canadian Ski Patrol or the Ottawa Bicycle Club. Online condolences, cherished memories and memorial donations may be made in Neville's memory at
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from June 29 to July 2, 2013