STUART HAMILTON death – obituary, cause of death : Stuart Hamilton 87, of Regina, Saskatchewan, passed away after succumbing to prostate cancer at St. Michael’s Hospital on January 1st 2017.
Stuart was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on September 28th 1929 to Florence Hamilton (née Stuart) and James Shire Hamilton, the second youngest of five children.
He was a known as a very down to earth kinda guy. Loved by many who knew him, he was an icon to many. His passing has seemingly brought to an end more than six decades of wondrous achievement in the Canadian cultural arena.
Hamilton was a Legendary as a vocal coach, broadcaster, accomplished pianist, raconteur, artistic director and producer, there are few music lovers in Canada who do not know his name. In 1974, as he founded Opera in Concert and he was its Artistic Director up until 1994.
In 1982, he was influential in selecting his successor, Guillermo Silva- Marin. he was invited by CBC producer Robert Cooper invited Hamilton to become Quiz Master of the CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, a post he held until his retirement in 2007. He also made appearances regularly as a panelist and occasional guest Quiz Master, on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts from New York City at Lincoln Center.
His many years of experience and accumulated knowledge of repertoire, voices and style made him an “in demand” lecturer and adjudicator.
The 87 years old was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1984, he also won the Toronto Arts Award in 1989, received the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation in 1992 and also the first Ruby Award from Opera Canada in 2000 and the Beckmesser Award from the Los Angeles Opera in 2004.
He later received an honorary doctorate from Dalhousie University in 2008 and just recently he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. the book he wrote – Opening Windows: Confessions of a Canadian Vocal Coach (2012) – is an engaging account of his life in music.
He is survived by his sisters Dorothy Marshall and Patricia Hamilton, nieces Vanessa, Barbara, Linda and Janis, nephews Ben, Douglas and David.
A Memorial celebrating the life of Stuart Hamilton will be announced by the family at a future date.