CAROLINE HAMILTON

Caroline was born in Oxford England. She attended Maltman’s Green School, followed by art schools in Winchester and Oxford. She came to BC in 1967 to teach art at Strathcona Lodge Girls School in Shawnigan Lake. She later went north to teach in Yellowknife. After a diagnosis of MS, she stayed for a while with her dear friend Nonie Guthrie on SSI. Caroline fell in love with the island and moved here permanently to teach at SSI Secondary School.

Caroline was deeply religious and in 2005 joined the Order of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine of Toronto as an oblate. Her participation in the Anglican community brought much pleasure to those who knew her in the parish of All Saints by-the-Sea. She was generous with her time, leading small religious discussion groups and offering her brilliant painting and sketching expertise to many older students and friends in her home. She will be greatly missed by her friends, as well as by her many art students.

Predeceased by her beloved parents, Kenneth and Doreen, Caroline will be deeply missed by her sister Boodie (Mike), brother James (Elisabeth), niece Lydia and nephews Nick (Heather), Patrick and great niece Madeleine.

Caroline battled her increasingly uncooperative body with grace and courage. Deep gratitude is due to her wonderful ‘minders’ who cared so sensitively for Caroline in the later years of her life – in particular to Georgina Marcotte, who was her friend and her angel.

The funeral will be held May 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. at All Saints by-the-Sea Church in Ganges, Salt Spring Island.

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