February 16, 2024

Mr. Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton, an esteemed engineer, entrepreneur, and beloved patriarch, peacefully departed this life on February 16th, surrounded by his adoring family in Kirkland, Quebec. He was 87 years old.

Born in a humble farmhouse in Georgeville, QC, Richard was the trailblazer of his family, being the first to graduate from both high school and university. He proudly earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Waterloo University, followed by an MSc from Imperial College in London, UK, where he resided during the 1960s.

Richard’s professional journey began as a consultant at Touche Ross in London and Montreal. Later, he showcased his entrepreneurial spirit by founding a financial services technology company in the 1970s. His innovative mindset and unwavering determination left an indelible mark on all he encountered.

As a single father he prioritized his children – Alexandria, Kristen, and Stuart – above all else. Richard exemplified strength, resilience, moral values, and unconditional love. He was a generous and thoughtful man, renowned for his knack for selecting poignant gifts and saving newspaper clippings of interest to loved ones.

A man of diverse interests, Richard sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a 35-foot boat in his 40s, exemplifying his courage and adventurous spirit. He possessed a keen intellect and amassed great knowledge in diverse subjects, including a passion for clean energy technologies in the later years of his life.

Richard’s love for tradition was evident in his pride for his Scottish heritage, often seen sporting his family tartan kilt at formal gatherings. His tall stature, big hands, and trademark red beret became his iconic features, accompanying him on his life’s journey from Toronto where he spent his early years, to Hudson QC where he raised his children, and finally to Montreal the city where he felt most at home.

A lover of music, Richard learned to play the harmonica in his 70s, gracing the stage at his cherished Mariposa club in Montreal during open mic nights. He cherished the camaraderie of friends and family and was always curious to learn the stories of the lives of people he met.

Richard’s disciplined nature was evident in his daily routines, from his indulgence in Americano coffees at Melk café in Monkland Village to his commitment to reading the Montreal Gazette and the Financial Times daily. He was a man of principle, having quit smoking and alcohol, demonstrating his determination and strength of character.

Richard leaves behind a rich legacy of love, courage, and intellect, survived by his three children; sisters Sally, Marjorie, and Kathryn; grandchildren Tatum, Piper, Kayden, Chella, Dylan, and Olivia; children-in-law Marilou and Matthew, and a host of cherished relatives and friends whose lives he touched deeply.

Though Richard may have departed this world, his spirit lives on in the hearts of all who knew him, forever cherished and remembered.

A celebration of life is planned at Hudson Yacht Club April 13 at 2pm.


Celebration of Life

Hudson Yacht Club

10 Rue du Yacht Club, Hudson, QC J0P 1H0

April 13th, 2024 - 2 p.m.

2 responses

  1. Robin Sewell

    February 23, 2024 at 10:49 am

    Rich’s obituary brought tears to my eyes. He indeed was a wonderful, kind and generous person. I have many fond memories of him, particularly New Years eve sporting a kilt, three kids in tow and ready to party. He will be dearly missed and I extend my sincere condolences to his family. lots of love, Robin

  2. john gibb-carsley Snr.

    February 27, 2024 at 8:00 pm

    What an unique, clever and interesting man was your father and grandfather. I am sorry I did not know him better. What a strong and impressive legacy he leaves with his progeny.


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