August 22, 1920 – Winnipeg, MB
March 16, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Jim Hamilton passed away on Sunday March 16, 2014 at the Beverly Centre Midnapore at the age of 93 years.
Jim was born August 22, 1920 in Winnipeg and lived in Neepawa and Dauphin, MB and Kamsack and Saskatoon, SK. Jim’s grandfather was one of 150 Royal North West Mounted Policemen who marched west in 1874 establishing Fort Macleod and Fort Calgary. Jim married Marion Jean McCallum on September 11, 1943, and they were married for 57 years. Jim met Marion at the University of Saskatchewan where he was completing his Bachelor degree in Physics, and she was studying for her first class teaching certificate.
Jim joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 and due to his expertise with radar; Jim was loaned to the British Navy where he served as Lieutenant and Radar Officer on the British Heavy Cruiser, HMS Belfast. At the end of the war Jim departed Yokohama, Japan and arrived in San Francisco, California on December 15, 1945. He returned to Saskatoon, where he and Marion would make their first home together. Jim continued his studies at the University of Saskatoon, obtaining a Master’s degree in Physics, and in 1947 the family moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he obtained a Master Degree in Physics and Mathematics. In 1950, Jim and Marion moved to Calgary where Jim accepted a position with Shell Oil as a Geophysicist, where he stayed until his retirement in 1977. He continued to work in the Alberta Oil patch as a consulting geophysicist until 1984, and pioneered the exploration of oil and gas in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and the North West Territories and offshore in the Arctic and North Atlantic. Jim and Marion adopted a son, Harry James Hamilton in 1952 and a daughter, Nancy Jean Hamilton in 1958.
Jim is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Harry James (Judy Lynne) Hamilton of High River; grandson Michael James (Lana Rae) Hamilton; granddaughter Jessica-Lynn Hamilton; and great-grandchildren Brady James and Chase Michael Hamilton of Turner Valley, AB and Reid Nolan and Jordon Marion Schooley of Okotoks, AB; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was pre-deceased by his wife Marion in 2000 and daughter Nancy in 2010.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB, Telephone: (403) 995-4673, www.countryhospice.org.
In living memory of Jim Hamilton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences