We Remember

SPARLING, E. Hamilton

May 20, 1928 — August 11, 2023

Hamilton Sparling was born on May 20, 1928, in Pembroke, ON, and he passed away peacefully, at the age of 95, in the company of family on August 11, 2023, in Kelowna, BC.

Hamilton is mourned by his wife of 72 years, Elizabeth; brother & sister-in-law, Bill & Jane; daughter, Lynn; son & daughter-in-law, Ronald & Martha; daughter-in-law, Jane; and son-in-law, Mark; as well as his grandchildren, Beth, Laura, Julie, Cam, Brennan, and Mackenzie; and his 4 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son David, who passed in 2016.

Hamilton was a renaissance man in the true sense of the word. He studied engineering at Queen’s, starting at the early age of 16 as a scholarship student. He was a very proud Queen’s alumnus, attending all possible reunions, and generously contributing to future students’ education via scholarship funds. He was an artist, especially loving the use of charcoals, and a jazz-loving musician playing piano, trumpet, harmonica, and the drums.

Hamilton spent the majority of his engineering career at DuPont Canada, rising to Employee Relations Director. Hamilton & Betty celebrated his retirement in 1988 by taking a trip around the world. In the following years, they embarked on several educational cruises, reaching places as far as the Arctic and Asia. In addition, they took their entire clan on several family vacations to Mexico and the Caribbean, and on an Alaskan cruise out of Vancouver.

Hamilton was an accomplished athlete who loved downhill and water skiing, tennis, curling, sailing, and softball. He stayed active for as long as his body would allow, pitching on his softball team until the age of 83 and downhill skiing until 88.

Time at the cottage was always precious to Hamilton. He loved being active with his family and friends, first at Buck Lake then at Lac des Seize Iles – where he was well known for his BBQ steaks and martinis on the porch.

In 1997, Hamilton and Betty moved to Kelowna, BC to be closer to Lynn’s family. There they enjoyed skiing and exploring the nearby mountains, and sampling the fine BC wines.

Hamilton was an avid reader; books are how he taught himself to sail, invest his money, perform math tricks, and understand the brain. He was eager to share his love of learning with others. Hamilton was an inspiration to all who had the good fortune to know him. He instilled in his children and grandchildren the values of fairness, tolerance, and equality that guided his and Betty’s lives.

His presence will be dearly missed by his family.

Donations may be made to the “David Sparling MBA Award” at The University of Western Ontario.

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The University of Western Ontario Link: www.givingtowestern.uwo.ca.




  • Tom Cresswell says:

    Very Fond Memories of the Sparlings from the very first time meeting them at The Lake to a lunch in Kelowna a number of years ago. Mr. Sparling always had that Wink Wink Nudge Nudge demeanor when Ronnie and I would head off in our boats to wherever the party was that Friday or Saturday evening. I was always welcomed at their table for dinner or some of Mrs. Sparlings delicious cookies. Those cookies were especially tasty after an evening of cruising the Lake. More than once Ham’s eyebrows were put to the test when we tried to downplay our activities. As long as we were safe he was forgiving. I think I still owe him some hours for painting around the cottage.
    Tonight you are in my thoughts and memories . Safe Journey. Have a Martini for me.

    Tommy C

  • Nathalie MARION says:

    Michel and Nathalie offer our deepest condolences 💐. Our thoughts are with the whole family.

  • Teri Fisher & Bernie Bolokoski says:

    Sincere condolences Lynn to you and your family. Obviously your Dad was a great man to have raised such an amazing family. Take this time to reflect on a great man and your loved father!

  • Ryan says:

    It is an honor to have known and to have serve as one of his careaids! I will remember all his words of wisdom and also the our laughters especially when he tells me he dreamnt at night and I was in his dreams as his personal assistant/ talent. You will be missed Ham! Thank you for the opportunity you have given me to care for you as one of your careaids!

  • Stephen James Sparling says:

    My Uncle Hammy was a gentleman and a humble yet very accomplished man. I know my father Reverend Bill Sparling always looked up to his big brother very much and therefore me too!
    Loved it when my Aunt and Uncle lived in Oakville and i was an Oakville City Councillor he had lots to say about things around town then.!
    A good man, great family man, thoughtful Canadian

  • Carol and Neil Palmer says:

    Carol and I have you all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. What a wonderful life Hamilton enjoyed. May your memories of your times together sustain you in the days ahead. Fondly, Carol and Neil

  • Sharon F Browne says:

    Lynn & family my deepest condolences. It seems your dad sure enjoyed everything life had to offer. I wish I had met him in person. I know you are spending time with your family. See you soon. Sharon

  • Penny Porter says:

    Describing Hamilton Sparling as a true Renaissance Man is a very accurate description. Our family had the island next to the Sparling’s island at Lac des Seize Iles. I loved hearing the constant laughter coming across the water when Ham, Betty and “the kids” were together. Due to the warm love and respect between Ham and Betty, the Sparling family was always a wonderful example of a fun and loving family. The world has lost “one of the good ones”. We hope knowing how much Ham loved all of you will help console you when you are missing him. With love and special thoughts, Penny Porter, Lyndsey and Courtney Pickering

  • Lesley Tennat says:

    For Lynn and Ron… my sincerest condolences to you, and to your family. It was wonderful to have your family join the 16 Island Lake community. Think of all the fun we all had…. thinking of you at this time with much love 💜

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