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Douglas Bliss "Doug" Hamilton


Douglas Bliss "Doug" Hamilton

Douglas Bliss "Doug" Hamilton – 88, Truro, passed away Monday, June 1, 2020, with his daughters, Sharon and Sandra at his side, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Truro, he was the son of the late William and Sadie (Works) Hamilton.

Doug began working at a young age in his father's business before becoming a brakeman with the CNR. He then decided to start his own painting contractor business which he ran for over 30 years. He was an owner/landlord of several apartment buildings and other real estate. Dad always had a strong work ethic and was never afraid to tackle any project. He also loved the outdoors and spending time at his woodlot in Kemptown, where they once lived. Dad was a kind and generous man and was always there to help anyone who needed a helping hand.

He loved to joke and was a great tease! He dearly loved his family and "Papa" had a special fondness for his grandkids and great grandchildren; it brought him great joy to see all his family "doing well". Doug and Eileen travelled frequently and spent many winters in Zephyrhills, Florida and summers at their Malagash cottage. In retirement Doug took up a smaller painting palette and began landscape painting, many of which hang proudly in his families homes.

Doug is survived by his four children, Alan (Wanda) Hamilton, Riverview, New Brunswick; Sharon (Glen) Smith, Halifax; Ross (Lorene) Hamilton, Bible Hill; Sandra (Richard) Hunt, Truro; nine grandchildren and fourteen (soon to be 15) great grandchildren; sisters-in-laws and brothers-in-law, Pearl and Derek Piers, Carl and Lynne Graham, Lloyd Graham and Don Morrison. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of over 55 years, Eileen (Graham); sister, Beatrice Cox; brothers, Hector and Fred Hamilton; half-sister, Marguerite Henry.

The family would like to express their thanks to the caring nursing staff in Palliative Care (Colchester East Hants Health Centre) and all the staff of Victoria Way at Cedarstone Enhanced Care, Truro, for their compassionate care shown to our Dad. If so desired, donations in Doug’s memory to Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada or a charity of your choice are welcomed.

Family interment will be held 2 p.m., Friday, July 31, 2020, at West Branch Cemetery, West Branch, Pictou County.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Doug’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at:


Burial Date
July 31, 2020
Burial Time
2:00 PM
Burial Location
West Branch Cemetery, West Branch, Pictou County

Requested Charity
Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada or Charity of Choice