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HAMILTON, Jonathan James “Jim”

 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 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,

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.

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  1. Hello Hamilton Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Even though I did not know Jim I do know that all of you are a true reflection of an amazing man.

    My thoughts are with all of you.

    Love Jenny

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  2. Brent, Sharon and Kelsey Pennell :

    The Pennell family express our condolences to Jim’s family and friends for their loss of a fine man. Jim always had a story or two to
    tell about his wife, children and grandchildren. Always positive and sincere, Jim had the will to do well for his family and friends. He was always there to offer his help.

    As neighbours, we will miss his friendly wave and cheerful smile. To
    us, he will always be in the yard cutting the grass or sweeping the walk looking for more work to do. Only so much time left in the day.
    We don’t think he wasted a minute. Rest in peace dear friend and thank you for being such a good neighbour.

    Brent, Sharon and Kelsey Pennell

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  3. Jimmy, Michael, Jessica and families,
    I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Hamilton’s passing. I have wonderful memories of him and Mrs. Hamilton from the many times I came to stay with Nancy as we were growing up. He was a great man who had a remarkable life and a wonderful family. I hope you all find comfort in your many memories of your time spent with him.
    My deepest sympathies and love to you all. Sherry

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  4. Janice and Rick Odegaard :

    To Harry and Judy, Michael, Jessica and families,
    Our most sincere condolences. Uncle Jim was an amazing man and we have so many fond memories of him. He was a wonderful storyteller and drew upon a rich experience of a life well lived in doing so. Above all, his commitment and love for family are his lasting legacy.

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