A former Rothesay resident and Royal Navy war hero who died earlier this month aged 103 has been described as “a warm and generous man” by the writer of his obituary.
Commander Ian Hamilton’s friend Tom Hart, who visited Ian regularly at the Erskine home for former service personnel following his move from Bute just after his hundredth birthday, has written an extensive obituary which is published in the February 21 issue of The Buteman, on sale now.
In it Tom writes: “Commander Hamilton was a very warm and generous man whose thoughts often turned to those who needed a helpful hand.
“Many other organisations have benefited from his research and he was always very generous in passing on the findings from his various written papers and reports. “Personally, I have learned a great deal from Ian Hamilton, who often talked to me about his numerous exploits during his many years of naval service in the Second World War, especially his account of being on the bridge of HMS Rodney during the bombarding of the Normandy beaches on D-Day, and it has been an honour to be his friend.”
Commander Hamilton died on Sunday, February 9; his funeral service will be held at Greenock Crematorium on Friday, February 21 at 1pm.