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Tributes in Rothesay to ‘a lovely, gentle man’

Commander Ian Hamilton, who died on February 9, is pictured with Bill McQueen at the 2013 Bute Highland Games. Mr McQueen is the divisional secretary of the SSAFA Forces Help charity, a position held by Commander Hamilton for ten years.

Commander Ian Hamilton, who died on February 9, is pictured with Bill McQueen at the 2013 Bute Highland Games. Mr McQueen is the divisional secretary of the SSAFA Forces Help charity, a position held by Commander Hamilton for ten years.

 

Tributes have been paid to a former Rothesay resident and Royal Navy war hero who passed away this week at the age of 103.

Commander Ian Hamilton, who served throughout the Second World War, and who moved from Bute to the Erskine home for former service personnel in 2011, died peacefully in his sleep on February 9.

Dan Edgar, the chairman of the Bute Highland Games committee, which agreed in 2012 to name the ceremonial cromach given to each year’s Games chieftain after Commander Hamilton in recognition of his support for the event, called him “welcoming, generous and kind”.

And Bill McQueen, the secretary of the Bute branch of SSAFA Forces Help, a position held for ten years by Commander Hamilton, added: “He was a lovely, gentle man.”

* More on this story in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 13.

 

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