Ben Hamilton

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Ben Hamilton (26-28)

Date: January 8, 2010, By admin Category - Obituaries

Second oldest OP dies in Canada

Ben Hamilton, Lt.Cmdr RCN (Retired), Master Mariner, died age 99 at Annapolis Royal Nursing Home in Nova Scotia, Canada, on January 6.  

He was born in England in 1910. He completed his education at Pangbourne Nautical College, where he trained for the merchant service, and then served in the Union-Castle Company and the New Zealand Shipping Company. Prior to World War II, he was a housemaster in Borstal – a prison for boys. He married Ruth Perry in 1936.

During the war, Ben served in the Royal Navy as commanding officer of the corvette HMS Coreopsis, and later of the frigate HMS Stockholm on convoy duty in the North Atlantic (Halifax, New York), the White Sea (Murmansk) and at the D-Day Normandy landings.  

After the war, Ben became Commissioner of Prisons in Mauritius. In 1949, he moved to Canada to work for the John Howard Society in Montreal. He subsequently joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in Ottawa, then as commanding officer of HMCS New Glasgow during the Korean War, and finally in Ottawa as the RCN’s Staff Officer Seamanship. On retirement from the Navy, he joined the Canadian Penitentiary Service. His last appointment was as Warden of Springhill Institution, Nova Scotia.

His first marriage ended in 1960. In 1969, he married Barbara Glew, widow, happily acquiring three step-daughters. They retired to Hampton, Nova Scotia. After Barbara died in 1988, he moved to the North Mountain, and subsequently to the Annapolis Royal Nursing Home. He had recently completed his memoirs ‘Ben’s Yarns’ which are being published privately. A copy will be placed in the College Library eventually.

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