May Audrey Hamlett

May 7, 1920January 7, 2021

May Hamlett (nee Burrows) died peacefully at the age of 100 in Gibsons, BC on January 7, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Leonard Hamlett. Dear mother of Phyllis Hamlett (Gibsons, BC), Terry William and Gordon Hamlett (Diane). Loving grandmother of David William (Nalya Jessamy), Nicole Hamlett and Daniel Hamlett (Kelly). Great grandmother to Lucia May, Marcel, Parker and Maya. May was a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. May was predeceased by her siblings Sidney, Robert, Nora (Baker) and Peggy (Hubbard). She is survived by her sister Sheila Pink in Calgary, Alberta.

May was born in Southampton, England in 1920 and emigrated to Canada with her family in 1928. May was proud to have been born in England but was a fervent Canadian and frequently expressed her gratitude to be a Canadian citizen. She loved Canadian history and its inventions, and proudly recalled Canada’s effort during WW2. Her love of life, her sense of humour, her keen interest in people and world news kept her connected to all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Family events were of most importance as confirmed by her many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. May loved to entertain and had many family parties and luncheons with her many friends. Mum, you were our guiding light who was a role model of how to live ethically, generously and selflessly. You made a valuable contribution to so many people’s lives. May was always personable and a great conversationalist. She used to say, “always leave them laughing”.

Due to Covid, there will only be a private family farewell at the graveside. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in memory of May to The Breakfast Club or to your favourite charity. Mum felt every child should have a good breakfast before starting school.


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January 22, 2021

As Aunt May’s eldest niece, I have many memories over the years. My earliest is playing at the beach on the shores of Lake Ontario as she and my Dad looked on while I was in her care during the birth of my youngest sister. Sad memories were of our Friday night visits on the way to the cottage to see her during her long stay in the Lindsay Hospital after the accident at Lake Scuggog. But happier memories of Christmas Eve parties, showers, weddings, family gatherings and visits are the most enduring. Aunt May always was interested in what was happening in our lives and she was certainly up for a good discussion on history and politics. Although she had health concerns in the last few years, she will be remembered as an engaging, talented, and spirited lady who will be sadly missed.


Victoria Martin

January 15, 2021

I send my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother, May. Although I did not know her personally, I feel I have had a glimpse of a well-lived life filled with much joy, laughter and open hospitality. May her memory always be a blessing and may nothing good in her life be lost or forgotten, but be of benefit to the world.

Harry Cowie

January 14, 2021

I have many many thoughts and experiences from my life on Stephenson avenue as a great friend with her Gord.
May was another mother to me and i had respected throughout my life as a fine and very classy woman.
There are so many stories but i just want relay my heartfelt condolences from the cowie family to the hamletts.
There are not too many may hamlet's in this word but i have been blessed to know mrs
Hamlett as i always addressed her.
Mrs hamlett was a great person in helping me shape my life and i love her for that.
I have become a better person just having May Hamlett in my life.
God bless and may you rest in peace.

RIP from the cowie clan
Thanks May.