Donald M. E. Hamilton, March 13, 1932 ‐ December 2, 2012
OTTAWA, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Career Broadcaster, Conservative
Campaigner and raconteur par excellence, Don Hamilton passed away
peacefully on Sunday, December 2, in Victoria, BC, with family by his
Don completed the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson
Polytechnic. Following early posts as a radio announcer at CFCH in
North Bay and CJKL in Kirkland Lake, Don's industriousness and brash
and exuberant personality marked him for a rapid rise to the upper
ranks of Canada's broadcast industry.
The path included eight years at CKOY Radio in Ottawa, where he rose to
Director of Advertising and Sales. He married Pat Kenny, producer and
congenial voice behind the station's flagship morning show, Jay and Ginger. Next stop was London, where Don excelled as General Manager of radio
station CKSL. In 1961, Don was recruited by the Moffat Broadcasting
group to its fledgling station in Vancouver, CKLG. For two decades Don
developed and led CKLG and its sister station, CFOX FM, to
unprecedented success in Vancouver's competitive rock music market.
Don's business and media acumen in broadcasting were equalled by a
lifelong engagement in community and national affairs. For several
years, he was Canadian delegate to the Uruguay‐based Inter‐American
Broadcasters' Association. He served multiple terms as vice‐president
of the Progressive Conservative Party's national executive and as BC
Campaign Chair for Robert Stanfield in 1972, Joe Clark in 1979, and
Brian Mulroney in 1988. He was instrumental in the formation of radio
newscaster Broadcast News, a subsidiary of Canadian Press.
In the late 1970s, Don left CKLG and formed, General Communications,
which led to exciting positions with BC's Open Learning Agency,
Knowledge Network, the Vancouver Centennial Commission, Expo 86, the
1994 Commonwealth Games, Lotto Canada, numerous corporate boards, and
the launch of his own station, AM‐1040, which he later sold. From 1989
to 1995, he served on the CBC Board of Directors.
Above all, Don will be remembered as an affable, kind, and proud
Canadian, bursting with creative energy, who loved to share his
experience in stories, speeches and memoirs. He endured tragedy with
the loss of his beloved wife, Pat, in 1983 and son Jeff in 1987. A
second marriage to Moneca Litton ended amicably after fourteen years.
Don is survived by his sister Susanne (Guy Bauer) of Guelph, daughter
Leslie (John Meredith) of Victoria, son Russell (Carolyn Sevos) of New
York, grandchildren Marlon, Colin, Corey, and Ashley, and
great‐grandchildren Alice and Theodore.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2013, in
Vancouver. For details, contact the family at firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of
For further information:
Daughter: Leslie Kenny, Victoria, BC, 250-418-8722, email@example.com
Son: Russell Hamilton, New York, NY, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Charles Pitts, Oromedia - 877 990 9044, email@example.com
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