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.”
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