Michael Bailey Hamilton
25 July , 1957 – 27 May , 2019
Michael Bailey Hamilton
Passed away unexpectedly on May 27, 2019 in Vancouver, BC at the age of 61.
Michael was born on July 25, 1957 in Calgary Alberta. He is predeceased by his father Hubert Hamilton and his Grandmother Dr. Christine Meikle. Michael is survived by his mother Christine Herman, his sisters Shona Miko Musgrave and Stephanie Rossel, brother-in-law Robert Caird, niece Sophie and Nephew Zak, as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends.
Michael was a talented artist and a lover of life.
A service is scheduled for 10:00am on June 7, 2019 at the Glenhaven Memorial Chapel with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts (DECA) on behalf of Michael.
If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist will answer you: I am here to live out loud. –´Emile Zola
- Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts
- Memorial Service Friday, 7 June , 2019
Michael Bailey Hamilton
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15 June 2019
You never knew
You were my hero.
First among my older, cooler cousins
Gathered at Grandma’s on Christmas Eve to say, “Come with us”.
Michael to my left,
Bruce and Kevin to my right,
5-years your junior--but made to feel I belonged
On that short, snowy walk to 7-11 with the Big Dogs.
My head swiveled left and right,
Gazing upon the hero’s I was walking among.
Bang! What the? How did I end up on the ground?
After walking right into a telephone pole in mid-step.
Leave me here to die of embarrassment boys, I thought.
But you offered your hand, a wink and an encouraging word,
“Did you get the Bastard’s Plate number?” you inquired.
Because you knew how to comfort and humor better than us all.
I was a young teenager when my family became your neighbors,
After Bruce, Kevin and You had gotten a place to live together.
On Canada Day when you guys were heading to Heritage Park
You knocked on my door, I opened and you said, “Come join us”.
I saw you effortlessly swim halfway across Glenmore Reservoir,
Then scale the highest Fort Tower to hang your Canada Flag.
People cheered, at first for your athletic and patriotic feat.
But even more when you refused to let Security remove the flag.
“It’s Canada Day”, you declared.
“It’s a Canadian Flag”, you reasoned.
These simple words uniting the crowd to your cause,
“Give him back his flag-- leave him alone”, they cried out as one.
Until they returned your flag and let you go free,
Because that is the thing about Hero’s.
We watch them, follow them, applaud them.
For doing things out of passion and belief that unite us to them.
Michael, I wish I would have told you that you were my Hero.
I would have thanked you for all your acts of kindness to me.
I never took the opportunity to tell you all this to my own shame,
So today can only declare this about you in your loving name.
And to all my siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and family,
Please read and respond to my next post "Michael Hamilton Memorial Reunion".
13 June 2019
There are so many happy and fun memories growing up and hanging out with my cousins. It was always fun and I have several great memories of Michael.
My heart goes out to all of the family.
Rikki Diane Brooks-Martin
12 June 2019
Oh Michael, I was at a loss when I heard of your passing, we had many good times together when we were younger , our teen years were a blast, then our 20's and you were beside me while I was pregnant, then as we all moved away and got busy with life, these times were fewer and farther apart, but we always had a good laugh when we saw each other. I will miss you !
Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us everyday,
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
My heart goes out to you Stephanie, Shona and Aunt Christine
8 June 2019
I found out today June 8th that my Dear cousin Michael has passed away. I remember Michael as a kind, gentle and a caring person. Someone you could talk to about anything and not get a negative answer. When we were young boys I wanted to write captions for the cartoons he drew. I figured with his talent and my imagination we would be famous one day. Dreams are good. Michael did not need a partner he could do it all. My mother, my brother and myself would visit Aunt Christine when we were growing up. Once we ended up at Happy Valley a park with a huge slide, mini golf, trampolines, a train and even a helicopter ride. Lots of fun. I never saw as much of Michael later in life. But when I did see him again it felt like I was with a close friend I had not seen in awhile. I will miss you my cousin, my friend. God give us all courage to move forward.
5 June 2019
The best memory I have of Michael was when we were young and my family lived in the Millarville area. Michael, Shona and Stephanie came out for a visit for a couple of days....I would have been about 7 years old. We were outside playing; Michael was playing around the back with his GI Joe men having a great time. This included sound effects and everything; he had the biggest smile on his face while having fun. That memory always brings a smile to my face and heart.
My thoughts and prayers are with
Aunt Christine, Shona, Stephanie, Rob, Zak and Sophie (and to the rest of the family and friends). I will be thinking of you all on June 7th.
Michael, the heavens are now your canvas.... Godspeed and Rest In Peace.
Patricia Larabie (Prost)